The Most Dangerous Stretch of the Capital BeltwaySeptember 25, 2018
The Capital Beltway is easily one of the most traveled and congested highways in the country. Commuters use the busy highway to get to and from work every day, and motorists traveling through the Washington metro area also use this busy route. Unfortunately, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration, the Capital Beltway is also one of the most dangerous highways in the United States, with an average of 260 documented crashes each year. Motorists driving on this highway should always use extra caution and be sure to obey the rules of the road to avoid a serious car accident.
The Capital Beltway gets its name from the two major highways that circle around Washington, DC. Interstate 495 and Interstate 95 loop around the city and feed into many Maryland and Virginia suburbs. The 64-mile stretch of the Capital Beltway consists of an inner and outer loop. This describes the direction that motorists are traveling. For example, motorists traveling on the inner loop will see Washington, DC on their right. If they are on the outer loop, the city will be on their left.
What Makes the Beltway Dangerous?
There are several reasons why the Beltway has a reputation for being so dangerous. According to a Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman, the sheer volume increases the potential for accidents. Rear-end crashes are particularly common, suggesting that too many motorists tailgate, or follow too closely to the vehicles in front of them. In fact, statistics show that close to 44 percent of the accidents that occur along this stretch are rear-end crashes. Distracted driving is another problem, particularly along the stretch between Georgia Ave and Rockville Pike, which has an impressive view of a Mormon temple that some say resembles the castle from The Wizard of Oz.
Traffic reports indicate that roughly 225,000 motorists travel on the Capital Beltway every day, and that number increases during holidays and summer months. Some reports suggest that there are plans to widen the Beltway to 12 lanes in certain areas, or to install high-occupancy toll lanes to help streamline the traffic. These plans could help reduce the number of accidents that occur on this stretch of highway by improving the flow of traffic and preventing motorists from becoming rushed, frustrated, reckless, or aggressive.
Regardless of the traffic conditions, motorists should always make safety a priority and avoid dangerous driving behaviors like tailgating, distracted driving, speeding, and aggressive driving. When traffic conditions are heavy, use extra caution and be aware of your surroundings.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Beltway Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident on the Capital Beltway, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will determine who is responsible for causing the accident and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our dedicated and experienced team will protect your rights and guide you through the claims process. We will not stop fighting for you until you are completely satisfied. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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