Driving is always dangerous, but some roads can prove more hazardous than others. The intersection at 2nd Street and Broadway in Louisville, for instance, has earned a reputation as one of Kentucky’s most dangerous intersections. Data from Time Magazine and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) appears to back it up.
Why is it so dangerous?
For years, the NHTSA has examined traffic accident statistics throughout the United States. Recently, Time analyzed the data from 10 years’ of research by the NHTSA to determine the most dangerous intersections in the country. The magazine determined that 2nd and Broadway in Louisville is the intersection with the highest likelihood of accidents in Kentucky. Some of the reasons include:
- The sudden change from two-way streets to a one-way street
- Many cars turning when pedestrians have the walk sign
- Short durations for traffic lights
- Drivers and pedestrians disobeying traffic laws
According to the information from the study, 35 accidents took place at 2nd and Broadway in 2019 alone.
Use caution at intersections to avoid accidents
The best way to stay safe at this intersection is to drive defensively. Pay close attention to the traffic signals and obey the rules of the road. Remain alert to pedestrians who might jaywalk or dart into the road against the light.
Despite your best efforts, there will always be some motorists or pedestrians who disregard other people’s safety. Some reckless people’s decisions can result in catastrophic motor vehicle accidents and severe personal injuries. In these situations, victims have the right to hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions. This can be one of the most important steps in making sure the roads remain safe for people in Louisville and throughout Kentucky.