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Alabama Roads Among Deadliest in Nation

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Driving is an everyday necessity for many, but it comes with significant risks, especially on Alabama's roads. The state has seen a high number of car accidents, many of which result in severe injuries or, tragically, fatalities. Recent statistics highlight that Alabama’s highways and roads are among the deadliest in the nation, underscoring the importance of caution and awareness while driving.

Fatal car accidents in Alabama

Fatal car accidents are a national issue, but Alabama stands out with particularly high numbers. According to The Zebra, Alabama recorded 852 fatal crashes in 2020, the year with the most recent data for fatal motor vehicle collisions.

Alabama's rate of 18.6 deaths per 100,000 people was the 6th worst in the nation, trailing only South Carolina (20.7), Montana (19.6), Arkansas (21.2), Wyoming (22.0), and Mississippi (25.4). Conversely, Massachusetts (4.9), New Hampshire (7.5), and Washington (7.3) had the lowest deaths per ​capita for roadway fatalities.

Dangerous roads in Alabama

Highways are intended for smooth and efficient travel, but several major highways in Alabama have gained a notorious reputation for being dangerous. Accidents are frequent, and fatalities are alarmingly common. Some of the most dangerous highways in Alabama include:

  • Interstate 10: This highway is plagued by high rates of impaired driving and poor visibility, especially during the holiday travel season. Its multiple curves, narrow bridges, and steep hills, along with sections that switch from 2-lane to 4-lane configurations, can confuse drivers and lead to accidents.
  • U.S. Route 431: Known as the “Highway to Hell,” this route features low visibility, dangerous curves, high speeds, and frequent merging. The mix of highway and local traffic through several towns significantly increases the risk of accidents.
  • Interstate 59: This interstate includes long, dangerous stretches, particularly through Birmingham, where traffic congestion and high speeds contribute to frequent collisions.
  • Interstate 65: Notable dangerous sections include "Malfunction Junction," the interchange between I-59 and I-65, and areas with significant uphill and downhill slopes. Water pooling is common, increasing the risk of hydroplaning.
  • Interstate 20: The "Bloody 20" section between Leeds and Pell City is infamous for its steep grades, high speeds, and heavy truck traffic, making it a hotspot for serious accidents.
  • Interstate 85: A particularly infamous stretch near Tuskegee in Macon County is especially risky during inclement weather, where poor visibility and slick roads can lead to fatal accidents.

Why do accidents happen on highways?

Car accidents can happen anywhere, but highways are particularly prone to them due to several factors, including:

Higher speeds

Increased speed limits on highways mean collisions are more severe when they occur, resulting in more significant damage and injuries.

Heavy traffic

Highways often experience heavy traffic, including large trucks and commercial vehicles, which increases the likelihood of serious accidents due to the sheer volume and mix of vehicle types.

Driver fatigue

Long stretches of highway driving, especially for truck drivers, can lead to fatigue. Reduced reaction times and impaired judgment from fatigue significantly increase the risk of accidents.

Impaired driving

Whether the impairment is due to alcohol or drugs, it affects coordination, vision, and judgment, creating hazards for all road users.

Complex interchanges

Poorly designed or confusing interchanges can cause accidents as drivers navigate merges, exits, and lane changes, often leading to sudden stops or erratic driving.

Poor visibility

Many highway areas suffer from low lighting or poor visibility, making it harder for drivers to see obstacles, other vehicles, or changes in road conditions, thereby increasing the risk of crashes.

Crash victims have legal rights

If you were injured or a loved one died in an Alabama car accident that was someone else's fault, you need to act fast to protect your rights. Insurance companies are notorious for making lowball settlement offers that don't come close to covering the damages sustained by victims, and if you're not careful, you could end up losing out on the compensation you deserve.

At Dean Waite & Associates, LLC in Mobile, AL, we understand what it takes to get meaningful results in complex cases. Our experienced car accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of crash victims and securing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related losses.

When you need a law firm that delivers results, don't Dean Waite! Contact us today for a free case evaluation to see how we can help you.

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