Monday, September 14, 2009

Dangers on Highway 41

Various factors contribute to a fatal car accident. Driver’s conduct is the most common cause. However, other factors such as road conditions also increase the chances of getting into a car accident.

Highway 41 in Madera County is feared by many motorists like former Fresno firefighter Herman Hamm. Hamm is a motorcyclist who had been to dangerous terrains and treacherous mountains but when it comes to Highway 41, he had different fear.

Highway 41 is a notoriously perilous route as it is full of curves and hills and shoulders. The number of vehicles had increased to 70 percent due to the erection of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino and the development in the foothill communities of Coarsegold and Oakhurst. Consequently, cars and trucks crammed the two-lane road which was abruptly cut off by walls of rock or precipitous ledges.

According to California Highway Patrol, 47 people have died in crashes and 635 non-fatal accidents happened in 2003 alone. CHP and Caltrans officials said that the innate dangers that the highway brings coupled with the increase in traffic is what makes it treacherous.

Authorities were one in saying that the remedy was to widen the road. Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said that there are "very realistic" plans to widen the 2 way lane to four lanes. But this plan has to wait for the availability of funds which is more likely to occur decades from now.

If you were involved in an accident in Highway 41 and negligence attended the crash, a car accident lawyer must be consulted to pursue a personal injury case against the party at fault.