California is one of the largest states in the US, with a large population, as well. With some rugged terrain, our highways are the only way to get from here to there in some areas. One of the most traveled roads is State Route 99, also commonly called Highway 99. Running mainly north and south along the entire stretch of the state, almost everyone has traveled on it at one time or another. Recently, data was compiled and a report was released of America’s most dangerous roads. US 99 topped the list, being named the most dangerous road in the United States.
Factors That Make Roads Dangerous
There are a number of factors that are considered when rating dangerous roadways. Some of these factors include:
- Speed Limits
- Distracted or Impaired Driving
- Weather Conditions
Roads that are not well lit at night can pose dangers for drivers, especially those who are unfamiliar with the area. Excessive traffic creates more interaction with other vehicles, which can increase the likelihood of an accident. Some roads are more prone to distracted or drunk drivers. High speed limits or speed limits that change can make driving more difficult. In some locations, weather conditions may make driving hazardous.
State Route 99 was named the most dangerous highway due to the number of fatalities that have occurred on it. In addition to a large number of deaths, there was also likely a high incidence of injuries. Victims of accidents or their families may be entitled to compensation to cover the medical and other expenses incurred. When an accident occurs, the responsible party must be determined. Then, the amount of damages can be calculated.
If you will be traveling on SR 99, or any other highway, it is essential to use proper care. Always plan your route, and try to begin your trip when you are well rested. Do not drink and drive, even for short distances. If you encounter an unsafe driver, do not engage. Instead, avoid the vehicle and call police to report the problem. Drive at speeds that are safe for the conditions and visibility. If traveling on very dark roads, drive more slowly and use your bright lights to assist you in seeing the pavement.
What to Do After an Accident
If you were injured in a serious accident, it may be necessary to take legal action. A skilled personal injury lawyer understands how to review your case and negotiate a resolution that will cover your damages. The law generally requires you to file a lawsuit within two years of the injury, so it is important to talk to an attorney as soon as you can. You may be owed money for medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages, among other damages.
If you or a loved one were the victim of a serious vehicle accident, call the legal team at Brod Law Firm for a free consultation. We offer three convenient locations – San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Rosa. Call us at 800-427-7020 today.
(image courtesy of Doug Kerr)