The distance to the hospital plays a dramatic role in car crash survival

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There are numerous factors that contribute to the odds of a car accident being fatal rather than just resulting in injury. What type of car was involved? How fast was it traveling? Were the people in the car wearing their seatbelts? The list goes on and on.

One thing that bears consideration, though, is where the accident takes place and just how long it takes someone to get to the hospital. Even when all other factors are the same between two identical accidents, that distance can play a critical role.

The danger of rural roads

In fact, this is one of the reasons that rural roads are so dangerous. They tend to be much farther from hospitals, so everything takes longer: the call to the authorities, how soon the ambulance arrives and how long it takes to transport an injured victim.

Say that you’re involved in a crash that someone else caused, a loved one in the car with you has serious injuries, and they can only survive for 20 minutes without medical intervention.

In the city, they may survive. The ambulance could arrive in five minutes. They could be in the ER in 10 minutes where doctors can step in and save them — and then they begin the road to recovery.

In a remote area, someone may not even see the crash and call the police for minutes. Then the ambulance could take ten minutes to arrive. By the time they get there, it’s already unlikely your loved one is going to survive, even though the medical crew is doing all they can. If you have lost a loved one in a car crash, make sure you know what legal options you have.


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