most dangerous roads arkansas

Arkansas is widely known for its natural scenic views, and its roads provide the means to enjoy them.

In 2020, drivers traveled 33,919 million miles on Arkansas roads.

That same year, drivers were involved in 585 fatal crashes in Arkansas, resulting in 638 deaths.

If you experienced a crash that left you injured, Cottrell Law Office can help.

Our personal injury attorneys will help you find the responsible party and hold them accountable for their actions.

What Are the Most Dangerous Roads in Arkansas?

Arkansas ranks twelfth in the nation for state highway miles. Due to its central geographic location, many large commercial vehicles cross the state daily.

Plus, 70% of all fatal crashes occurred on Arkansas’ rural highways, which are prone to higher speeds, have fewer safety features like paved shoulders, and are characterized by lower safety belt usage.

Further, emergency medical personnel must travel longer to reach a rural crash, leaving the injured waiting for assistance.

These highways are considered some of the most dangerous roads in our state.

U.S. Route 70

Highway 70 runs east-west across the state from Oklahoma west of DeQueen to Tennessee at Memphis.

Although much of the route has been replaced by I-40, the scenic route through Hot Springs, Little Rock, North Little Rock, and West Memphis remains a popular drive.

On this two-lane road featuring the typical trees and turns of Arkansas, 12 people died on Highway 70 in 2015.

Arkansas Highway 7

This road is characterized by steep hills and curves, making it a dangerous but popular motorcycle ride.

Running from the Louisiana state line to Bull Shoals Lake near the Missouri state line, the road passes through the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains and features scenic views.

Most of Highway 7 has been designated as an Arkansas Scenic Byway and a National Forest Scenic Byway.

The Intersection of 46th Street and Walnut Street in Rogers, AR

A block from I-49, this intersection in Rogers had 64 accidents in 2016. Walnut Street, also known as Business Highway 71, is home to many popular businesses like McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Kohl’s.

The intersection lacks safety features like a traffic light for drivers to access and exit these businesses, resulting in a high number of collisions.

Interstate 49

First opened in 1999, the northern section of I-49 begins at I-40 and U.S. Highway 71 in Alma and runs north into Missouri.

The highway travels 65 miles through Crawford, Washington, and Benton counties, connecting the towns of Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville.

As a highly trafficked commercial corridor, truck accidents are unfortunately common on I-49.

Cottrell Law Office: Helping Injured Arkansans Get Justice

These are some of the most dangerous roads in Arkansas, but an accident is always significant for the individuals involved and can happen on any road.

You don’t have to fight alone when you’re injured in a car accident.

Our experienced personal injury attorneys provide each client with compassion, personal attention, and communication to meet their goals.

We will work with you to secure the financial recovery you deserve and get your life back on track.

Don’t suffer any longer. Let the Cottrell Law Office help secure justice for you.

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Wesley Cottrell

Wes Cottrell earned his B.A. from Pittsburg State University in 1981 and his J.D. from the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas in 1985. He was admitted to practice law in Kansas in 1986, in Missouri in 1987, in Arkansas in 1989, and Oklahoma in 1993. He is licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, eastern Arkansas, western Arkansas, and western Missouri. He was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Crawford County, Kansas from 1987-1989.

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