A car crash could change your life in an instant. Hundreds of accidents occur every day in Alaska, resulting in severe injuries and overwhelming medical bills for car accident victims. Many contributing factors include reckless driving, distracted driving, and driving while impaired.
Although the state is known for its beautiful nature and scenic views, some Alaskan roads are hazardous to travel on. To prevent a collision, it's crucial to understand where most of these accidents happen, so drivers can ensure their safety and become more alert on the road. Our lawyer analyzes the prevalence of crashes throughout the state and where they are more likely to occur.
Dangerous Roads and Highways In Alaska
One of the most hazardous roads in Alaska is Dalton Highway, also known as "The Loneliest Road in America” and Route 11. This 414-mile long road can be treacherous due to a lack of cell phone service and limited places to stop along the way. This road also presents significant risks with the frigid temperatures and harsh weather conditions, leaving drivers with limited visibility.
Vehicles must take safety precautions while driving on this road—this includes having headlights on at all times. It is also recommended to avoid traveling on this road at night.
This highway sees it all when it comes to moose crashes, rollovers, avalanches, and fatal motor vehicle crashes. Drivers must obey traffic laws and refrain from speeding when driving on this road.
Seward Highway is famous for its beautiful scenery and tourism, both of which increase traffic congestion risk, presenting even more dangers to motorists. Although this highway has the most beautiful sights to see, it is also known to be one of the most dangerous roads in Alaska due to the surge of motor vehicle accidents and treacherous winding path.
This road also raises concern because it is one of the most heavily trafficked roads for tourists in Alaska; however, the scenic views are spectacular. The sight-seeing congestion leads to severe crashes; this road is also plagued by wildfires, which could be extremely dangerous, because there is no other road to escape them.
Causes of Car Accidents in Alaska
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, approximately 84 traffic fatalities occurred in Alaska; 43% of these were speeding-related crashes. This means that 36 lives were lost because drivers chose to drive recklessly, and their negligent actions resulted in devastating outcomes.
Here are some of the other leading causes of accidents Alaskan residents face:
Driving while impaired
Disobeying traffic laws
Mechanical defects in vehicles
Reckless and aggressive driving
Many of these contributing factors lead to dangerous driving conditions on Alaskan roads. The good news is The Alaska Highway Safety Office (AHSO) implements several highway safety programs to ensure drivers' safety and help promote public outreach and education.
The ASHO focuses on:
Impaired driving prevention
Speeding and aggressive driving
Pedestrian and bicycle safety
Contact Our Anchorage Car Accident Attorney
Operating a vehicle on Alaskan roads can be challenging because harsh weather conditions present significant driving hazards. If you or a loved one was involved in a car crash and sustained severe injuries, we can help.
Personal attention and accessibility are the hallmarks of Law Offices of Ben Crittenden. Accident victims in Alaska don't have to bear the burden of someone else's careless behavior alone. Our attorney assists accident victims in finding their voice and allows them to obtain fair compensation for their injuries. Contact us today at (866) 985-4224 to schedule a free case consultation.