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Drivers in Missouri face a number of hazards on the road.

While some of these hazards are caused by weather conditions, many of the risks drivers face can be attributed to the negligent actions of other drivers.

Some common causes of car accidents and fatalities on dangerous roads in Missouri are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, and driving while fatigued.

In Missouri, dangerous roads and highways abound. That’s why it’s crucial to know which roads you should be sure to be extra cautious on. 

The team at Cottrell Law Office knows how challenging it is to pick up the pieces after suffering injuries in a car crash.

If you have sustained injuries while driving in Missouri, we can help you evaluate your legal options and recover the compensation you deserve.

Missouri Highway 63

According to a report from Geotab, Highway 63 is one of the most dangerous roads in MO.

In fact, the study named Highway 63 as one of the most dangerous roads in America. Highway 63 runs all the way through Missouri, from the Arkansas state line to the Iowa state line.

This highway has been the site of about 15 fatalities per year for the past ten years. There have been several improvements to the route since 2020.

Despite those improvements, negligent drivers, such as those driving under the influence or speeding, can still cause severe accidents and injuries on Highway 63. 


The next highway you should exercise additional caution on is the I-44. This road runs from the Oklahoma state line to downtown St. Louis.

The most common reasons for accidents on this highway are construction zones and collisions with commercial vehicles.

Drivers should also watch out for debris on the road that can damage tires or bounce through windshields.

Also, remember to be mindful of dangerous road conditions caused by weather, including snow, ice, fog, mud, and standing water. 

US-54 in Jefferson City

US-54 is another lesser-known road that poses a significant danger to drivers. Many of the collisions on this highway are due to wrong-way drivers.

Curve crashes and cross-median crashes are also significant issues on this highway. You must stay vigilant if you have to drive on this highway.


The I-70 runs across Missouri and is one of the top ten deadliest interstates in the country, according to data collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There were 134 fatalities on this highway in 2020 alone.  

I-435 in Kansas City

The risks of driving on this highway are not as well-known as those above, but it is still prudent to be aware of them.

A recent crash on this highway was caused by a driver hitting two vehicles that were on the shoulder. 

Tips to Stay Safe on the Road

While weather conditions and the actions of other drivers may not be in your control, there are a few ways you can help keep yourself and others safe when driving on the most dangerous roads in Missouri roads.  

Do Not Drive Fatigued

It is important to get enough rest before driving. Driving while fatigued is a common cause of auto accidents.

Because the risks created by driving while fatigued are well known, you might be exposing yourself to legal liability for negligence if you cause an accident while driving fatigued.

Avoid Cell Phone Use While Driving

You should not use your cell phone while driving.

Texting behind the wheel is a form of distracted driving and can cause you or other drivers to suffer serious injuries or even death.

If you need to send a text, make a phone call, or input information into a GPS program, find a safe place to park your vehicle before completing your task. 

Avoid Speeding

It is vital that you obey posted speed limits while driving. Speeding is not only against the law, but it is also a common cause of car accidents.

Drivers who are traveling at faster speeds can cause grave injuries if a collision takes place. 

How Our Lawyers Can Help You

Cottrell Law Office is here to help you file your claim if you sustained injuries on one of these dangerous roads in Missouri.

We can investigate and file your claim and advocate on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery.

At Cottrell Law Office, our team is committed to helping you get the best outcome for your case.

Wesley Cottrell has over 32 years of legal experience handling all types of auto accident claims.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. 

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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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