Drivers need to be careful wherever they go, but some roads are more hazardous than others. A recent study published by ValuePenguin, a consumer research company, found State Route 99 in California to be the most dangerous in the country. According to the report, SR 99 had more than 62 fatal accidents per 100 miles. The most dangerous stretch along the highway is near Fresno.
Factors That Add to Hazardous Roads
There are a number of factors that contribute to hazardous roadways. Dark roads cause dangerous conditions when drivers are unable to adequately see. Many of the fatal crashes occurred at night. SR99 is listed as one of the darkest roads in the country. SR99 has large stretches that are not lit. This is not unusual for roadways across the United States.
Another factor is the presence of distracted or impaired drivers. Again, SR99 ranks among the highways with the most fatalities attributed to drunk driving. Impaired driving, as well as distracted driving, can cause serious accidents with severe injuries, or deaths. These drivers often ignore speed limits, and other traffic laws, creating a dangerous situation for others.
SR99 in California
As most California residents know, SR99 is one of the most popular and well-traveled highways in the state. It spans a total of 500 miles, so most of us have been on the road several or more times. According to the data, almost half of all fatal accidents on SR99 over the last five years have occurred at night. The average number of fatal accidents on SR99 is 62.3 per 100 miles, making it the most deadly highway in the country.
Preventing Highway Accidents
Most accidents are preventable. Drivers should be particularly careful when driving on roads that are known to be hazardous. If you plan to drive along highways that are not well lit, make sure that your headlights are working properly. Drive at the appropriate speed for conditions. At times, you may need to drive slower than the posted speed limit. Do not get behind the wheel when you are tired, or after you have been drinking, and do not drive while distracted.
What to Do After a Vehicle Accident
If you, or someone you love, was hurt or died as the result of a vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Although nothing can be done to change the outcome of the accident, the responsible party should pay for the costs incurred because of the crash. Damages may include medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, money for pain and suffering, and others. If the victim was permanently disabled, or died, the family may be able to collect compensation for loss of enjoyment of life, or for funeral expenses. The law limits the time to file a lawsuit, so it is best to discuss the situation with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Call the compassionate legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea to schedule a consultation today.