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Brian Rosenbarger Involved in Fatal Accident

Steve Wagner

Clark County police responded to a car accident at 8:15 pm on Saturday, November 6. Within an hour of the single-vehicle crash, one teen, Brian Rosenbarger was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver of the vehicle, as yet unidentified, was airlifted to the University of Louisville hospital and remains in ICU with serious injuries.

Investigators say both the driver and passenger were ejected after losing control of the vehicle and running off New Market Road in Marysville, IN. The two individuals were said to be taking a hunting trip before disaster struck. Though police are still investigating, they do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident. We will continue to monitor this accident for updates.

One local report suggests that windy, Southern Indiana roads may be at fault. Based on data, this is entirely possible. Though somewhat counterintuitive, rural roads tend to be much more dangerous than busier, urban roads. In 2013, 19% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas, but rural fatalities accounted for 54% of all traffic fatalities in that same year.

In Indiana, the numbers are equally disturbing: 14% of the population lives in fully rural counties, with an additional 24% living in “mixed rural counties,” and yet 68% of traffic fatalities within the state occur in rural areas. In fact, according to SafeRoadMaps.org, Indiana is ranked in the top ten for the number of rural “hot zones,” or areas identified as having high concentrations of traffic deaths.

If urban drivers travel twice as many miles as rural drivers, why are they killed in accidents only half as often?

First, there is the nature of rural roads. They tend to be narrower, lack sidewalks and bike lanes, and are unlikely to have good lighting. Secondly, is the difference between rural and urban drivers who regularly wear their seatbelts (51% vs. 46%), a statistic led by the whopping 64% of pickup truck drivers who regularly drove unrestrained.

Lastly, there are factors related to the isolation and low population of rural areas. Wildlife tends to flourish, and drivers are often at-risk of an accident caused by a combination of poor lighting and animals crossing the road suddenly. The highest risk of all, however, would appear to be related to the time it may take for an accident to be reported or for medical assistance to arrive, and relatedly, the distance that must be traveled to the nearest appropriate medical facility. 64% of rural drivers died at the scene of the accident, compared to 49% of urban drivers. Though only 4% of drivers killed in accidents die on the way to the hospital, rural drivers make up 65% of those who do so.

Have you or a loved one experienced loss or injury in a rural accident?

The vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese have the experience you need to potentially secure compensation and assist you with your recovery. If you’ve been injured, or if you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent driving, call our offices today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.

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