Car accidents are possible on any road, but sometimes, dangerous roads make them more likely. All states and communities have roads that seem to carry more risk than others, and Idaho is no exception. People sometimes assume that rural roads like many of those in our state are safer than busy interchanges, but that is not always the case. At Hansen Injury Law Firm, we strive to do what we can to promote road safety in Idaho and make drivers more aware of risks. This post identifies some of the most dangerous roads in Idaho, so that you can be informed while planning your next trip or commute.
Dangerous Roads in Idaho: 3 Examples
As with any state, there are many dangerous roads in Idaho. In fact, any road can be dangerous at any time — it depends on the drivers that are using them. Always be cautious and careful to prevent accidents. The following roads are just some examples of particularly risky stretches in the state.
- US 20 in Island Park
The Idaho State Journal presents a strong argument that this stretch is one of the most dangerous roads in Idaho. Frequent wildlife crossing is one major reason for this. Island Park is known for its outdoor activities like camping and fishing, and US 20 runs past many of these campsites. Yellowstone National Park is nearby, and the combination of human and animal traffic makes for an often dangerous drive.
- Perrine Bridge
The Perrine Bridge is a popular site for extreme activities like base jumping, and this already makes it dangerous before considering vehicle traffic. The bridge is Idaho’s longest and highest, and bridges present a number of driving hazards. There is less room to maneuver to prevent a collision, and bridges become slick easily in cold weather. Be sure to practice cautious and defensive driving, or your car could be at the bottom of a 486-foot drop.
- Blue Lakes Blvd in Twin Falls
This is a very busy street in Twin Falls, Idaho. 35,000 cars travel on this street each day. Where there are this many cars, there is sure to be plenty of accident risk. Frequent intersections make for many dangerous situations. At the intersection of Blues Lakes, Addison Avenue, and Shoshone Street East, there is a 5-point intersection. This is just one example of the heavy traffic along this stretch. The Traffic Safety Commission exists to help improve traffic and lower accident and fatality numbers along this road.
Staying Safe Outside of Your Car
- Boise River Greenbelt
Okay, the Greenbelt is not necessarily a “road” like the others on this list. However, it carries risks of its own. This is a great place to take a walk or spend time with family. It is very beautiful, but unfortunately, it can be dangerous. As on any city trails, it is very important to be aware of your surroundings and to avoid being alone during dark hours. The City of Boise webpage provides some tips to help your visit to the Greenbelt be more safe and enjoyable.
Idaho Personal Injury and Car Accident Lawyers
Whether you are driving along the Perrine Bridge or walking on the Greenbelt, accidents can happen and cause serious injuries. These injuries sometimes happen due to the negligence of another person and to no fault of your own. If this is the case, you may be eligible for compensation in a personal injury case. The lawyers at Hansen Injury Law Firm know how to win your case. We will work with you to get you what you need and deserve. If you are injured and looking to start a case, please contact us today for a free initial consultation!
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