Improvement Project Aims to Reduce Arkansas Car Accidents at I-65 Intersection
The Arkansas car accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that, each year, a large number of Arkansas car accidents are the result of faulty roadway engineering. That’s why one particular stretch of interstate in Arkansas will soon be realigned.
The Washington Times reports that the intersection of I-65 and Arkansas Highway 35 turns at a roughly 70-degree angle, limiting motorists’ sightlines and putting vehicles at an increased risk of collisions. Data indicates there were three fatal or serious accidents at the intersection between 2008-2012. There have been at least five such accidents at the crossing since 2012.
The Arkansas Highway Commission is looking to correct the problem with the road though, by implementing a $750,000 improvement project. Construction crews will skew the road to a 90-degree angle, increasing sightlines and effectively reducing accidents. Research at intersections where similar improvements have been made in the past has shown a significant decrease in accidents.
The legal staff at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton applaud the efforts being made to improve roadway safety at this particular intersection, but we also recognize upgrades to our roads may not prevent all accidents. That’s why it’s important to always be aware of the steps to take after an accident.