It is a stretch of road that has been romanticized over and over in books, short stories, television shows and movies. It is an area that seems to be made for taking risks and for experiencing things that you have never experienced before and will most likely never experience again. It’s in the middle of the desert, where seemingly anything can happen at any time. We’re talking about Interstate 15 between California and Las Vegas, and this stretch of road is not only all of the things just listed to many people, but it’s also extremely dangerous. That’s not just our opinion and/or the opinion of people who drive in this area regularly – it’s the opinion of the people at Motorward.com, who just finished a survey of the 10 most dangerous stretches of road in the United States. A link to the full survey of roads that the writers recommend people either avoid altogether or exercise extreme caution when driving on them can be found here. The placement of this stretch of road on this dubious list likely comes as no surprise to those who are familiar with this area. There are many reasons that this stretch of road made this list, including:
- A large percentage of drivers do not wear seatbelts.
- A large percentage of drivers have been drinking or even are drinking while behind the wheel.
- A large percentage of drivers are moving at dangerous speeds.
- A large percentage of drivers are not familiar with driving in the desert.
- A large percentage of drivers are just doing whatever it takes to get to Las Vegas.
- A large percentage of drivers are just doing whatever it takes to get out of Las Vegas.
What can be seen by the items listed above is that it appears that many of these causes involve drivers who do not live and work in Las Vegas. While there are certainly locals who drive negligently or recklessly on this stretch of road, the fact of the matter is that this area is just as dangerous for people who live here as it is for those who do not for obvious reasons. If you are planning on traveling to Las Vegas by car, truck or SUV anytime soon, you should prepare yourself for the possibility of dealing with motorists who are not acting in a reasonable manner. If you are involved in a car accident in this area, you should be prepared to take whatever steps are necessary to stand up for yourself and to protect your legal rights, as negligence here needs to be answered for just like negligence that occurs anywhere else. This may seem like a difficult step to take if you are not from the area, but visitors find the legal help they need every day when they are injured here. If this happens to you, contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.