While Texas roadways didn’t make the top 5 roadways for deaths during the most recent calendar years, this doesn’t mean the roadways are perfectly safe. If you and your family are considering a road trip, you should be aware of the dangers of the roadways in the United States. Millions of miles are traveled on an annual basis and the number of car accidents resulting in injury or death continues to mount up.
Deadly Stretches of Road in the Southwest
There are some notable deadly roadways all over the United States including Alaska, Connecticut, and California. While some of the accidents are contributed to speed, in many cases, the way the road is constructed is often a factor. Bad weather and roadway congestion add to the hazards. Some of the deadliest stretches of roads in the southwest include:
- Arizona/California Stretch of I-10– this 150-mile stretch of road is responsible for approximately 85 deaths every year. This is staggering when all other roadways in the area combined report a total of 700 deaths annually.
- S. 431 between Phenix City and Dothan AL– this stretch of roadway was flagged by Reader’s Digest as one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the United States. Multiple deaths are common for any one accident.
- S. Highway 24, 77 miles between Fort Wayne IN and Toledo OH– this 77-mile stretch of road was often called “the killway” because of the numerous gruesome accidents that often occurred between cars and trucks on the roadway. Thanks to some improvement, there have been fewer fatal crashes but it is still ranked in the top 10.
Texas Roadways: Staggering Number of Fatalities
Texas roadways with the highest number of fatalities between 2004 and 2008 included I-35 with the 659 deaths following 579 accidents. This was the most significant number of deaths. I-10 had 591 deaths after 502 accidents, I-45 cost 388 victims their lives following 325 fatal accidents and I-30 was responsible for 201 deaths following 179 accidents. I-44 had the fewest fatal accidents, claiming 7 lives in 7 accidents. In total, 1,846 people lost their lives on Texas freeways.
What Victims Need to Know
When you lose a loved one in an accident on a deadly roadway, you want answers. If you’re one of the thousands of people who live through an accident but suffer an injury, your medical bills will mount up unless you can hold the person responsible financially accountable. This is why it is so important to speak with a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorney.
After an accident, you should immediately file a police report so there is a written record of witnesses, the road conditions and the location of the accident. Whenever possible, you should independently obtain photographs, names and contact information for witnesses and make sure you make note of anything you believe may be important.
You also need to seek immediate medical attention; even if you don’t believe your injuries are serious, remember, an adrenaline rush from the accident could be masking injuries. Finally, avoid talking to an insurance adjuster until you’ve sought advice from an attorney. Insurance companies are committed to saving money and because of this, they will try to minimize the settlement you obtain for your injuries.
When you’re involved in any type of roadway accident, contact Dashner Law Firm immediately for a free consultation. Because we work entirely on a contingency basis, you won’t have to worry about paying anything unless we are successful in securing a settlement on your behalf. You can reach our offices by calling 972-793-8989 or 817-864-9980; with more than 20 years’ experience dealing with personal injury law, we are confident we can help.