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What is the most dangerous road in all of Alabama? Route 431. We examine why.
Dangerous roads are a major contributor to vehicle accidents in Alabama, and the 353 miles of US Highway 431 is not only considered to be the most dangerous road in Alabama, but the fourth-deadliest road in the country, and one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Nicknamed the “Highway to Hell,” Route 431 is so dangerous because of the numerous hazards that exist, including:
There are plenty of other unsafe roads in Alabama, including:
According to Drive Safe Alabama, a traffic crash was reported every 197 seconds in 2018 in our state. Most crashes occurred in urban areas, but rural areas had the most fatalities.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident or someone has died in a crash on any of Alabama’s roads, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. At this difficult time, the attorneys of Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana can help by handling all legal matters involved with getting justice and the settlement you deserve, so you can concentrate on your family’s needs and recovery.
We offer a free consultation and work on a contingency basis, so you pay nothing until we win a settlement for you. Call us today at (251) 444-7000 to discuss your individual situation and see how we can help.
While no road has been singled out as the safest road in Alabama, statistics from Drive Safe Alabama show that Geneva County in the southeast part of the state has the fewest crashes and fatalities. There were just 2 fatalities recorded in 2016, out of 452 crashes. The major roads in Geneva County are State Roads 27, 52, 54, 85, 87, 103, 123, 153, 167, and 196.
Contributing to the safe driving record is the low population and population density in the county. According to Wikipedia, there were less than 27,000 people reported in the 2010 census, and the density was 46 per square mile.
While road conditions on road 431 are particularly bad, due to poor visibility, lack of signage, and unexpected lane changes, negligence also plays a major role, as it does on every road.
When an accident is due to someone else’s fault or negligence, that party can be held liable for the damages that result. Examples of driver negligence that can lead to accidents include:
In addition to negligent drivers, sometimes there are other parties that can be held liable, such as:
No matter the cause of your accident or the road involved, our legal team at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana will look to hold all responsible parties accountable. We will seek to prove negligence by showing that the following elements existed:
In a successful Alabama personal injury lawsuit, you may receive a compensation award, called damages, for your losses. Compensatory damages include restitution for your …
Generally, there is no limit to the amount of compensatory damages you can recover in Alabama.
In some rare cases, there may also be punitive damages, designed to “punish” a defendant for especially egregious conduct such as fraud, malice, or acting with a conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others.
If a wrongful death is involved, Alabama awards only punitive damages to discourage careless or reckless behavior by punishing the party who is responsible. This damage award is paid directly to the heirs of the deceased person.
Being in an accident makes every road scary, but our attorneys can take the pressure off you and support you all through the process. We can help by:
Alabama has a statute of limitations for initiating a personal injury or wrongful death case that is generally two years from the date of the accident or death. If you fail to file on time, unless there are certain factors that can change the running of the clock, the courts will not hear your case.
The sooner you contact us after the accident, the sooner we can get to work and the greater the chances we can get the information we need to fight for maximum compensation, so don’t delay.
Call Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana at (251) 444-7000 to schedule a free consultation with our team today.