"Highway 99" named Deadliest Highway in the Country

New studies have reported that Highway 99 is the “deadliest major highway” in the country. Highway 99 is the 400-mile long highway that runs through the heart of Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto and other neighboring valley cities.

Below are some unsettling statistics that convey the severity of auto accidents on Highway 99 in recent years:

-264 fatal accidents
-50 fatalities involved an intoxicated driver
-62 fatal accidents per every 100 mile

California highway representatives have been working together for the past 10 years to achieve maximum safety and efficiency improvements on Highway 99. In that span, progress has been made in regards to creating larger shoulders and wider ramps. A $1 billion project is ongoing, focusing on the safety, operational enhancement and capacity improvements to ultimately make this road safer for California residents.

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At Del Rio & Carichoff, the safety of all Northern California residents is important to us. Motor vehicle accidents have damaging, irreversible effects that result in life-changing injuries and fatalities. These accidents can be easily prevented if motorists are aware of fundamental driving safety guidelines.

Please follow the tips below to keep yourself and others safe while traveling on major highways, according to Red Cross:

-Be aware. When traveling on major highways, always be attentive to road conditions. Place all attention on the road and keep all distractions, such as cellphones, stowed away.
-Be well-rested. It is important that you are alert when traveling on highways. If you are too drowsy to drive, pull over at a rest stop and take a quick nap. If you are on a long road trip with friends, alternate drivers every few hours
-Be sober. Never drive intoxicated, especially on major highways. Plan an alternative method of getting home, such as Uber, Lyft, or public transportation.
-Be respectful. Be mindful of the other motorists on the road. Give enough space between your car and the car in front of you and obey all road signs.
-Be prepared. Always be prepared for the unexpected. Carry a disaster supply kit in your trunk filled with water, snacks, a flashlight, extra batteries and a first aid kit.

If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a car accident you need the protection of Del Rio & Carichoff. Call us today to speak with one of our experienced Sacramento Car Accident attorneys absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you and fight hard to ensure your rights are protected.

At Del Rio & Carichoff, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front. In fact, you owe us nothing until we recover for you. We will pursue your case with compassion and dedication and work to secure the fair compensation you deserve. And we don’t get paid until you do. It’s that simple.


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