The state of Oklahoma rests right above Texas in the Great Plains region of the United States. Harboring four mountain ranges, grasslands, prairies, and forests (which cover almost a quarter of Oklahoma), The Sooner State and its capital city look a little sleepy on paper, but the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, or ODOT, tells a much different story. The ODOT recently released a list of the most dangerous Oklahoma highways, and some are the most well-traveled roadways and highways as well. Topping the list is a five-mile stretch of I-35 between Southeast 15th and Northeast 36th Streets.
No matter where you drive in the United States there is always the potential for danger. While dangerous car accidents happen every single day they can be avoided. One way to avoid these difficult times is to simply avoid the busiest areas. Our friend and St. Louis car accident lawyer Alvin Wolff often states that a multi car accident won’t happen if there are not multiple cars. This is something to consider when deciding to drive on busy highways during rush hour or late at night.
Between 2007 and 2012, when the data was recorded, fifteen people were killed in car crashes in that area. On 1-240 between the Will Rogers World Airport and South Eastern Avenue, fourteen people perished in crashes during that same five-year period. And between North May Avenue and the Broadway Extension Highway on I-44, 13 people were killed in car crashes throughout that time. Again, these are some of the most traveled roadways as well, with anywhere between 65,000 and 93,000 vehicles passing through there each day, which adds to the danger and risk.
Around the same time that the ODOT released their study on the Oklahoma City Metro area’s most dangerous highways, OKC area leaders came up with a list of the city’s most dangerous intersections, as reported by KFOR. They are: N.W. Expressway and Belle Isle Boulevard; N.W. Expressway and Rockwell; N.W. Expressway and Portland; N.W. Expressway and N.W. 63rd Street; N.W. Expressway and the east side of Lake Hefner Parkway; N.W. Expressway and Pennsylvania Avenue; N.W. 39th Expressway and Meridian; North MacArthur and Reno Avenue; South Western Avenue and S.W. 59th Street; and N.W. Expressway and the west side of Lake Hefner Parkway.
Drivers in the OKC Metro area must be vigilant when driving on these highways and streets, many of which are repeat offenders on both lists. But in reality, all roads and highways are dangerous, and all driving is a risk. There are so many factors that are out of our control when driving; the best we can do is drive as safely as possible and avoid dangerous situations when we are behind the wheel.
If you are looking for representation in your Oklahoma City auto accident case, look no further than John Mac Hayes of The JMH Law Firm.