Anyone who spends a lot of time on the road, whether for commuting or as part of their job duties, knows how dangerous some roads can be. It seems like there are certain roads where a traffic jam due to a car accident is a daily occurrence. There is one road in Indiana where that is definitely the case. Highway 41 is the deadliest road in the whole state, and a variety of factors contribute to its danger.
Where is it?
Highway 41 passes from north to south across the state. It connects Chicago on one end to Evansville on the other, and passes through Terre Haute and dozens of other towns and cities along the way. It covers 282 miles within Indiana.
Most of the highway travels through rural country. However, between Cedar Lake and Chicago, the highway becomes especially busy.
What makes it so dangerous?
Every year, an average of 10 people are killed in accidents along Highway 41. Many more suffer serious injuries.
One of the factors that contribute to the unusually high number of accidents is the fact that there are many heavily trafficked intersections along the highway.
Dave Wedding, the Sheriff of Vanderburgh County, says that many accidents on the highway are caused by aggressive drivers who speed and tailgate. This imprudent behavior is especially dangerous after it rains or snows, since wet and icy roads can greatly increase the distance that a car needs to come to a complete stop. Rain, snow, and fog also cut down on visibility.
No one needs to face the consequences of a serious car accident without legal recourse. If you or someone you know has suffered a serious accident on Highway 41, or on any Indiana road, don’t hesitate to call Ladendorf Law to schedule an appointment to discuss your options today.