Is your route to work an accident waiting to happen?
It might be, if it takes you through any of Huntsville’s most dangerous intersections. AL.com gives a list of the top ten deadliest intersections in the city. If you regularly drive through any of the following spots, you might want to consider taking extra precautions when driving or even switching your route altogether.
- Old Madison Pike and Research Park Boulevard
- Jordan Lane and University Drive
- University Drive and Memorial Parkway (going to the south)
- Jordan Lane and Interstate-565
- Interstate-565 and Research Park
- Mastin Lake Road and Memorial Parkway
- Governors Drive and Memorial Parkway
- Sparkman Drive and I-565
- Jordan Lane/Alabama 53 and Research Park Boulevard
10. Memorial Parkway, from Clinton Ave. to Governors Drive
In 2012, the death toll at these intersections added up to 426, an increase from 355 in 2011. Overall, there were 7,321 car accidents in Huntsville this past year. Unfortunately, this was an increase from the total number of wrecks in 2011. According to the article, “Police say the biggest cause for wrecks are heavy traffic and following too closely.” Most of the accidents, unsurprisingly, occur during rush hour, when there are more cars on the road.
The car accident lawyers at Martinson & Beason, P.C. remind everyone in Huntsville to drive safely and pay attention, especially during rush hour. Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions and other accidents, which can cause severe injuries. At highway speeds, you can determine if you’re following too closely by choosing a fixed object and counting up from “1 Mississippi” when the car in front of you passes it. If you’ve passed the same object before reaching “3 Mississippi,” you’re likely following too closely and should slow down.
Of course, not every accident can avoided. Print our Step-by-Step Car Accident Guide and keep it in your glove box, just in case you are involved in an accident.