St. Louis is a wonderful place to live and visit because our community is teeming with culture, museums, parks, and other experiences and places to visit. Unfortunately, some areas are also dangerous for drivers with 178 fatalities and 42 pedestrian fatalities in 2021 alone.
If you’ve suffered an injury in a vehicle-related accident caused by someone’s negligence, the Missouri auto accident lawyers with Langdon & Emison can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Please give us a call at (866) 931-2115 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Continue reading about some of the most troublesome areas in St. Louis for motorists and those traveling on foot.
Most Dangerous Streets for Drivers
In addition to the 178 fatalities in 2021, there were more than 14,00 injuries in vehicle accidents in St. Louis City and County. This was the fourth consecutive year that the number of fatalities increased – and the first time that the number of deaths exceeded 100 since 2000.
Although St. Louis roads were originally designed to handle traffic created by one million residents, our population is closer to 300,000. As a result, the roads are wider and motorists tend to drive faster than necessary which creates dangerous situations for drivers and pedestrians.
These are four of the most dangerous streets for motorists.
1. Page Avenue
There’s a half-mile stretch of Page Ave. in the suburb of Wellston that runs between RM Moore Ave. and Sutter Ave. This small section of roadway had three fatal accidents between 2015 and 2016, causing it to be the deadliest in the area.
2. Goodfellow Boulevard
There were 49 car accidents between the 5000-8900 blocks of Goodfellow between 2020 and 2021. These accidents resulted in one death and 16 injuries, and police issued more than 1,000 citations for moving violations.
3. Chambers Road
From 2017 to 2021, 22 people lost their lives on Chambers Road. In the previous five years, there were only five fatal accidents. While deaths in St. Louis County as a whole increased by 35% during this time, fatalities on Chambers spiked by nearly 400%.
Most Dangerous Streets for Pedestrians
Just as there are areas that pose increased danger for motorists, there are several areas in St. Louis where pedestrians need to be cautious and aware of their surroundings.
1. North Grand Boulevard
This is one of the most well-known streets in St. Louis as it runs directly through the city. North Grand is a busy road lined with restaurants, theaters, and St. Louis University, it’s a busy road with a lot of foot traffic.
One particularly hazardous area is the intersection of North Grand and Montgomery, where six fatalities occurred between the years of 2010-2019. This intersection is actually considered the most dangerous in the entire state of Missouri.
Another danger spot is the area where North Grand and I-64 meet near SLU. Not only does the campus sit just north of the 1-64 exit, the SLU hospital and medical school sit just to the south. There are also several popular bars, restaurants, and other attractions in the area.
To make matters worse, the northbound exit from 1-64 to North Grand has a sharp curve which can be dangerous at any time, but especially for those who are unfamiliar with the area and in certain weather conditions.
2. I-70 Intersection at Grand Avenue
Grand Avenue also intersects with Interstate 70, creating yet another dangerous spot. For years, this part of I-70, also known as the Mark Twain Expressway, was notorious for being hazardous. It’s difficult for motorists to be able to distinguish lanes, and there’s a lack of proper markings to show pedestrians where they can safely cross the street.
3. Lindell Boulevard
Thankfully, work has been ongoing to address the dangers of Lindell Blvd. which has been notorious for pedestrian accidents. In fact, Lindell is one of just nine streets that have accounted for nearly 50% of pedestrian fatalities in St. Louis since 2017. The others are Broadway, Kingshighway, Union, Chippewa, MLK, Gravois, and Grand.
Not only is construction ongoing to add bike lanes and parking to reduce pedestrian traffic, the number of traffic lanes is being reduced from four to two in an effort to force drivers to slow down.
4. Natural Bridge Avenue
Natural Bridge is yet another popular yet dangerous place to walk in St. Louis. About 20% of all pedestrian accidents in 2020 and 2021 occurred on Grand, Kingshighway and Natural Bridge – even though these streets make up less than 1% of all lane miles in the city.
Hurt in a crash on one of St. Louis’ most dangerous streets? We can help.
The attorneys with Langdon & Emison have an extensive amount of experience helping people injured in vehicle and pedestrian accidents that occurred through no fault of their own. We know how to conduct a thorough investigation into the accident and obtain the evidence our clients need to have the strongest case possible against the liable party and their insurance company.
If you would like more information on how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve, call us at (866) 931-2115 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.