According to data obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, I-94 is the deadliest interstate in the State of Wisconsin. This interstate has a fatal crash rate of 0.2. Compared to dangerous highways in other states, I-94 is one of the safer interstates in the United States. But in the State of Wisconsin, a car accident on I-94 has the greatest risk being fatal.
Overall, the most dangerous roads in Wisconsin are the rural two-lane roads. They are less forgiving because they are more narrow, have dangerous hills or curves, have little or no shoulders, and short clearance space for vehicles that leave the roadway. In 2014, the fatality rate on Wisconsin’s non-interstate rural roads was more than double that on all other roads in the state.
Poor Road Conditions Contribute to Car Accidents in Wisconsin
According to a report in USA Today, the health of Wisconsin’s 12,000-mile network of highways has steadily worsened in recent years. The percent of highways rated “poor or worse” has more than doubled, going from 7 percent to 17.5 percent. And the percentage of highways that were rated as “good” has increased from 41 percent to 54 percent.
Roads that are poor condition and in need of repair are a major contributing factor to car accidents. Damaged roads cause car accidents as well as other problems like increased wear on vehicles and higher insurance costs. Wisconsin has ranked in previous years as third highest in the United States for roadways in need of repair.
The report also said that roads on the eastern half of the state are improving. Wisconsin has recently begun to focus on improving major highways. Winnebago and Ozaukee counties in eastern Wisconsin have the top-rated highways in the state, with 93 percent rated better than “fair”. Yet only 26 percent of highways in Pepin County, southwest of Eau Claire, meet that same rating.
Whether on an interstate or rural road, the goal is for all drivers in Wisconsin reach their destination safely. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a car crash in Wisconsin that was not your fault, a Milwaukee car accident lawyer can help.
Urban & Taylor, S.C. is experienced in handling complicated cases for victims of car accidents in Wisconsin. Our legal team will work tirelessly to hold those at fault responsible and get you the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and lost wages. Contact us today for a free, zero-obligation consultation of your case.