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The most dangerous roads in the Northeast

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2024 | Auto Accidents |

After decades of public safety initiatives, increased police funding, and enhanced roadway safety measures, you’d think that you’d be protected as you navigate the Northeast’s roadways. Yet, reality tells a different story. In fact, each year thousands of people are hurt and killed in wrecks on these streets, leaving families devastated by funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, lost support, lost enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.

But not all roads are created equal. Some pose a greater risk of harm than others. Knowing the risks that these roadways pose, you might be left wondering which ones are most treacherous. We hope this post will provide some insight so that you know when and where you need to exercise extra caution.

There are more perilous roads in our part of the country than many people realize. Here are some that you’ll want to take note of:

  • I-95: It should come as no surprise that this Interstate makes the list. This stretch of road has caused hundreds of deaths over the years, with thousands of others suffering injuries. In fact, in 2019 it had the highest fatality rate of all Interstates in the country with 284. That accounts for nearly 15 deaths for every 100 miles driven.
  • S. 7: This highway is one of the most dangerous in Vermont. In 2020 alone, it had the highest fatality rate, with 10 people dying in nine crashes that occurred on this highway.
  • I-93: This Interstate goes through Concord, New Hampshire where population density is higher. This fact, coupled with short on and off ramps, along with speed, increase the risk of an accident.
  • The Kancamagus Highway: This is one of the many mountain roads in New Hampshire and Vermont where visibility can become problematic, and roads can quickly become slippery. When accidents occur here, they can be especially devastating.
  • Route 125: Over the last decade or so, this stretch of road in New Hampshire has seen approximately 5,000 accidents, with 17 people being killed between 2018 and June 2023.

Why are these roads so dangerous? It’s a good question. Speed, intoxication, and other dangerous driving behaviors are certainly to blame, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. But what are your thoughts? Have we missed any dangerous roads in the Northeast and in New Hampshire and Vermont specifically?

What should you do if you’ve been injured in a wreck on one of these roads?

If you’ve been hurt in a crash and the wreck was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you need to think about taking legal action. A personal injury lawsuit might be the only way to find accountability and recover compensation for the harm that’s been caused to you, thereby helping you offset your lost wages and medical expenses while also easing your pain and suffering.

But building one of these cases may not be as easy as it seems. The defense might raise aggressive arguments and try to shift the blame back onto you or the weather, which could result in a reduced or barred compensatory recovery if you’re not careful. So, as you ready yourself to step onto the legal stage, make sure you have the evidence you need to back up your claim.

Regardless of the road where your accident occurred, you deserve to be made whole. So, if you’re ready to take the first steps in building your personal injury case, then please continue to research the process and what you need to do to position yourself for success.