With over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers, Arkansas has long been considered the “Natural State” of the U.S. In fact, North Little Rock offers one of the nation’s largest municipal parks. The state takes great pride in celebrating the natural order of things, and while death is very much a part of the natural order of life, death by car crash is an unnatural way to go. Last year alone, the state was home to a total of 549 fatal crashes resulting in 552 deaths. If Arkansas is to revert the life cycle back to its “natural state” then it’s important to focus on road safety and eliminating motor vehicle related deaths.
In order to improve road conditions and eliminate road fatalities, it’s crucial to understand where and why fatal accidents are occurring. Listed below are the top five most dangerous roads in Arkansas.
The Most Deadly Roads In Arkansas
1) U.S. 67 South | 4 Fatalities
U.S. 67 South runs from Northeast Arkansas near Neelyville, Missouri southwest towards Texarkana, Texas. With origins as a military route dating all the way back to 1803, U.S. 67 has always been a key motor route within Arkansas. Considering Route 67 receives a significant amount of traffic, it comes as no surprise that the highway ranks as one of the most dangerous roads in the state. Last year there were a total four deaths along U.S. 67 South.
2) US 62 | 4 Fatalities
Similar to U.S. 67, U.S. 62 is yet another inherently dangerous highway stretching across the state. The highway spans from east to west, starting in St. Francis and extending to Summers. Last year a total of four deaths occurred along the highway
3) Masonville Road | 4 Fatalities
Masonville Road is a 3 mile path through farmland outside of McGehee. Google Street View is unavailable as Google cars have not captured images of the road. All four fatalities on Masonville are a result of vehicle collisions with a train. Train tracks run through Masonville Park near the intersection of Masonville Road and Roosevelt Road. Drivers should approach the train tracks with caution.
4) US Highway 61 | 3 Fatalities
U.S. Highway 61 is the third highway to make the list of the top five most dangerous roads in Arkansas. The route runs north to south through 76 miles of Arkansas just along the Missouri border. Route 61 enters Arkansas near Yarbro and continues further south towards West Memphis. U.S. 61 is a two lane road with a dashed centerline for a large portion of the stretch through Arkansas. All three fatalities on the highway involved vehicle collisions resulting from a vehicle crossing the centerline. Make sure to double check for oncoming traffic before crossing the centerline to pass a vehicle.
5) US 63 North of Sedgwick | 3 Fatalities
Last on the list is U.S. Route 63, where three fatalities occurred north of Sedgwick. Route 63 runs north and south through Arkansas from Mammoth Springs to Junction City. Like U.S. 61, all three deaths on Route 63 were a result of vehicles improperly crossing the highway centerline.
Remain Vigilant Behind the Wheel
It’s always important to be aware of your surroundings while driving, but it’s especially important to remain alert while driving on any of the aforementioned roads above. A sense of awareness behind the wheel will ultimately keep you alive. A significant portion of Arkansas road-related deaths were caused by drivers crossing the centerline. The Law Offices of Alan Levar cannot stress enough the importance of looking for oncoming traffic before passing over the centerline.
Should you find yourself a victim of an unfortunate car accident, The Law Offices of Alan Levar are here for you. With over 20 years of experience as an Arkansas personal injury attorney, Alan Levar can help you receive the accident compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Offices of Alan Levar today to schedule a free initial consultation.