Car Accident Danger Zones in North Carolina

North Carolina residents know that there are certain areas of the state in which driving can be dangerous. Every year, there are thousands of fatalities on North Carolina's roadways. Even when drivers have the most up-to-date safety features on their vehicles and drive as safely as possible, they are still at risk of being injured or killed by a negligent or reckless driver. North Carolina has one of the highest number of traffic fatalities in the country. Understanding where the deadliest roads in North Carolina are may be able to help you avoid car accidents.

The Tail of the Dragon

The stretch of road on Highway 129 North between the Tennessee border and Swain County is referred to by locals as the tail of the dragon. This scenic drive is popular, especially for motorcyclists. Unfortunately, it includes dangerous curves and very few guardrails. During icy or foggy conditions or when wildlife is more likely to cross the road, this scenic route can be among the scariest roads in the country.

Interstate 85

Interstate 85, or I-85, is a highway that connects North Carolina with surrounding states. As a result, it is especially busy, and drivers will find many tractor-trailers and semi-trucks along the route. Every week, there are accidents on this highway, some of them resulting in preventable deaths. Large stretches of I-85 are not lit, increasing the danger of car accidents at night.

North Carolina Highway 12

The Outer Banks Scenic Byway, North Carolina Highway 12, is popular with tourists and residents. North Carolina's Department of Transportation considers North Carolina Highway 12 one of seven of the most dangerous roads in North Carolina. The highway is close to the Outer Banks, and water frequently washes out entire road sections when it rains. At one point, entire sections of the road washed away, closing the road. Although those sections were recreated, wet pavement, floods, and strong storms continue to make this road dangerous.

Interstate 95

I-95 is busy and one of the most dangerous roads in North Carolina. As with all other highways, drivers on I-95 have to contend with large commercial trucks, impaired and distracted drivers, and drivers rushing to get home or to work during rush hour. When one vehicle collides with another, there is always a potential for a multi-vehicle pile-up. In these scenarios, one or more vehicles may catch fire, making it difficult for firefighters and paramedics to reach victims. Vehicles are also usually traveling at high speeds, making the impact of collisions even more deadly.

U.S. Highway 64

U.S. Highway 64 is among the longest roads in North Carolina as it runs from North Carolina's coast to Tennessee. As such, many commercial vehicles, including long-haul truckers, frequently use the roadways. Some stretches of the road are narrow. The section on US Highway 64 between Highlands and Franklin is well known for having a high percentage of fatal car accidents.

What to Do if You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident in North Carolina

If you have been injured in a car accident in North Carolina, it is essential to understand your legal options. Under North Carolina law, victims of car accidents can pursue compensation from the person or company whose negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior caused the accident that resulted in their injuries. However, you only have a limited amount of time to pursue a compensation claim.

There are two main methods for recovering compensation as a car accident victim. Many victims recover compensation by filing an insurance claim with the at-fault driver's insurance provider. In some cases, the driver does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover the victim's injuries.

In those situations, the driver may need to pursue compensation by filing a claim for uninsured or underinsured drivers with his or her own insurance provider. Alternatively, victims can pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Victims can pursue more damages through a personal injury lawsuit, such as damages for disability and loss of earning capacity and non-economic damages like pain and suffering.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Charlotte

If you have been injured in a car accident in Charlotte, North Carolina, the attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, can offer you the skilled legal representation you need and deserve. We have a proven track record of recovering millions of dollars of compensation for victims of car accidents. Do not hesitate to contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC, to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.

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