Dangerous American Highways

By Tim Dollar

 

I believe that truck crash victims and their families should be guided to justice by someone who understands their situation and truly cares about the outcome. That is why I got into this profession, and that is what drives me every day.

However, when I consider the magnitude of the tragedies suffered by so many families across America due to dangerous trucks and lack of road safety, I believe there is something even more important than justice: prevention.

At Dollar, Burns & Becker we advocate for transportation safety measures as the first line of defense against heartbreaking truck crashes. I personally believe that keeping drivers informed and aware is just as important as advocating for responsible safety legislation. The more information American drivers have access to, the safer they are.

 

Below are lists of highways and states across the United States that are statistically dangerous for both civilian drivers and truck drivers.

Most Dangerous Highways (Source: Forbes)

  • Florida U.S. Route 1
  • California State Route 99
  • Florida U.S. Route 41
  • Florida U.S. Route 27
  • Interstate 45 (Texas)
  • Texas U.S. Route 83
  • Florida U.S. Route 441
  • Interstate 40 (California)
  • Interstate 40 (Arizona)
  • Interstate 95 (Florida to Maine)
  • Texas U.S. Route 87
  • Florida U.S. Route 17
  • Interstate 10 (California to Florida)
  • Florida U.S. Route 98
  • Interstate 75 (Florida to Michigan)

Most Dangerous States (Source: findlaw.com)

  • Florida
  • Texas
  • California
  • New York
  • Georgia

 

If you live in these states, or navigate one of these roads on your daily commute, the purpose of this information isn’t to scare you. It’s to make you more aware, because alert drivers are the best drivers. With that in mind, here are a few tips on staying alert while driving:

  • Whenever possible, designate a top-notch co-pilot. Let them handle navigation, music and answering questions like, “Are we there yet?”
  • Put your phone in the center console. This way you won’t be tempted to read any incoming texts or emails.
  • Don’t eat behind the wheel.
  • Situate yourself – adjust your seat and mirrors, car temperature and windows before shifting into drive.
  • Get your entertainment fix from your television at home, and let roadside distractions pass by without staring.
  • Do not smoke while driving.
  • NEVER, EVER drive if you have been drinking alcohol.

 

If you’re planning to move in the near future, it’s important to know which states statistically have the safest roads in the country.

Safest States (Source: autoinsurance.org)

  • Maine
  • Nevada
  • North Dakota
  • Delaware
  • Wisconsin
  • Nebraska
  • Alaska
  • Oregon
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota

 

The more American drivers know about their surroundings, the fewer crashes will take place. At Dollar, Burns & Becker, along with working to supply the right knowledge to drivers, we also believe in working with lawmakers to create safer roads. Because prevention means just as much to us as justice.

However, if you or a loved one has been in a truck crash, it is very important to contact an attorney immediately, before speaking to any insurance representatives.