A recent study found that State Route 99 in California is the most dangerous highway in the entire country. The company that created these rankings determined this by looking at how often fatal car accidents occurred on a variety of highways in the country. The “winner,” Route 99, had more than 62 fatal accidents every 100 miles.
Just how high is this? Consider that the second highway on this list, Interstate 45 in Texas, had 56.6 fatalities per 100 miles. What’s even worse is that the study looked at other categories such as the darkest highways, most drunk drivers on a highway, etc., and found that Route 99 scored high in several of these categories as well. If you have been involved in a car accident we welcome you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to determine if someone can be held responsible. Otherwise, keep reading to learn how to stay safer on dangerous highways.
Why is This Particular Highway So Dangerous?
First, let us explore likely reasons that this particular highway is so dangerous. There are a few reasons. First, it has very narrow lanes and often has heavy traffic – including both cars and big rig trucks. It is common for fog to come up unexpectedly on this road, and it is the darkest highway in the country and has the second-highest number of drunk drivers. When all these factors are considered together, it is easy to see why it is so dangerous.
Staying Safe on Dangerous Highways
Among the steps you can take to stay safer on dangerous highways include:
- Stay alert. Pay attention and be sure you are scanning ahead so that you have as much time as possible to respond to any issues ahead of you.
- Don’t drive at night unless you have to. Driving at night, or early in the morning for that matter, not only reduces your visibility but makes it more likely you will encounter tired or drunk drivers.
- Stay out of the left lane unless you are passing. There are more accidents in the left lane than any other lane on a highway. If you are driving on a three-lane highway, stay in the middle lane unless you are passing a vehicle or your exit is coming up. If you are on a two-lane highway, stay on the right unless you are passing.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?
Whether you are were injured in a car accident on a dangerous highway or on a city side street, there may be someone else who can be held liable for damages. The best thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney at your earliest convenience. We can go over the basics of your case and provide you with assistance in determining what your rights are. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 800-333-0000 for a free consultation.