St. Louis drivers should be extra cautious when driving in these five areas.
St. Louis is often considered one of the best places to live, a fact unsurprising to most St. Louisans given its thriving communities and breathtaking nature. Unfortunately, the Gateway City is also often known for its dangerous streets. To help keep you safe, here are five particularly dangerous areas for car accidents that end in death or a disabling injury.
First, Highway 61 near Wentzville has seen accidents that have killed more than 5 people in the last two years. In order to get on or off the highway you must cut over two lanes of traffic. Recent construction on the stretch has begun to address this problem, which should be completed by the summer of 2018.
There’s Chaotic Traffic in St. Louis County
The next area is St. Louis County’s Highway 55, a 6 mile stretch from Butler Hill Road to Bayless Avenue that has seen 18 serious accidents in the last four years. Experts connect the 16 disabling injuries and 6 deaths with chaotic traffic patterns—vehicles frequently enter and exit, slow down, stop, and speed up. Additionally, it’s proximity to Highways 270 and 255 makes this stretch of Highway 55 a place where extra caution should be taken.
Unusual Accidents Occur Along Highway 44
Third, ten miles of Highway 44 has seen 37 serious accidents in the last 4 years, leaving 8 people dead and 44 injured. The accidents on this stretch are often more unusual, including crashes that have resulted in broken backs and cars that have been repeatedly flipped.
Slow Down and Stay Vigilant Near Blanchette Bridge
In St. Charles County, the fourth area is Blanchette Bridge and its surrounding area from Highway 141 to Zumbehl Road. Experts suggest that fast, inattentive drivers and packed lanes present an increased risk of pileup—in the past several years this has caused 20 serious accidents, including 5 deaths. If you find yourself driving on this particularly dangerous stretch, please slow down and pay attention.
Nearby, the roads are dangerously deceptive
Farther up the road is a busy patch between Mid Rivers Hall Drive and just past O’Fallon. Nearby residents and businesses say that it is unsurprising to hear sirens, and experts say a contributing factor to the 7 people who died on this stretch is deceptive roads—they may look wide, but cars usually do not have anywhere to go in case of last-minute driving errors.
Today, the number one cause of traffic accidents is excessive speeding despite reduced road or weather conditions. Slow down and be sure to stay aware of your surroundings. If your life has already been affected by an auto-truck or car accident—in the above areas or anywhere in St. Louis, MO—contact a St. Louis auto accident attorney at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We have a proven track record of helping car accident victims get the compensation they deserve. Call (314) 361-4242 today for a FREE case evaluation.