As early as the 1950’s, a Memphis-to-Birmingham expressway was being discussed, however it was not until 20 years later that it moved beyond discussions. Congress approved the part of I-22 east of Fulton, Mississippi as “Corridor X” in 1978, and parts of I-22 have been under construction ever since. Public Law 108-199 designated Corridor X as “Future I-22” in 2004, and in both Alabama and Mississippi, blue signs read “Future/I-22/Corridor.” Now, I-22 covers nearly the entire distance between Birmingham and Memphis.
About 95 miles of Interstate 22 is now open to traffic in the state of Alabama, with the first section between the Mississippi state line and Jasper opened to traffic in November of 2005. Next, a six-mile segment between Brookside and Graysville opened in June 2007, and another twenty-mile section between Graysville and Jasper opened in November of that year. Eventually, I-22 connected with I-65 and US 31, and completion of I-22 was planned for October 2014 with the Birmingham 14-bridge stack interchange.
Those who travel through the state of Alabama are likely to find themselves on an Interstate, at least for a portion of the trip. Interstates are marvelous inventions, helping get traffic quickly from one place to another, however at certain times of the day, and during holiday seasons, Interstates can quickly become congested, and much more dangerous. Merging traffic which comes in at a variety of speeds, and the seemingly endless construction on Interstates make accidents much more likely.
Because of the amount of traffic on Interstates, a simple two-car accident can quickly turn into a multi-car accident, increasing the dangers for all involved, and making collecting a settlement much more difficult. Trucks are also much more likely to travel on Interstates, therefore, there are more large commercial truck accidents on Interstates across the United States. In 2014, 27 percent of all the accidents which occurred on the Interstates in Alabama involved a large, commercial truck, while about 10 percent of passenger car accident occurred on an Interstate.
Interstate 22 is located primarily in Jefferson and Walker Counties in the state of Alabama. According to the Alabama Rural Health Association, Walker County (Jasper) had an auto accident rate of 36.3 auto accidents per 100,000 residents, Jefferson County (Birmingham) had a rate of 16.8 auto accidents per 100,000 residents, and the entire state of Alabama had a rate of 19 auto accidents per 100,000 residents. Across the nation, the rate of auto accidents is 11.5 per 100,000 residents, so both the state and Jefferson and Walker Counties have higher-than-normal rates of auto accidents.
If you have been involved in an car accident in the state of Alabama, whether on an Interstate or another roadway, there are certain things you should avoid doing immediately following your accident such as:
Aside from the medical treatments following your auto accident, you may be facing time away from work, medical bills stacking up faster than you can pay them, and an opposing insurance company who is doing their best to settle quickly and cheaply. You are likely suffering pain, emotional distress, fatigue and inconvenience. If the insurance company is trying to settle your case cheaply, leaving you holding a bag of bills, don’t despair.
Remember—you may be only a claim number to the insurance company however the attorneys at Martinson & Beason will consistently treat you as the valued client you are. Serious legal issues require serious legal help. You are entitled to have someone in your corner who will fight for your rights and the Martinson & Beason attorneys will never let an insurance company take advantage of you or deny what is rightfully yours after your car accident. Call Martinson & Beason today for the legal assistance you need.