Originally created in 1926, Route 66 once spanned a total of 3940 km (2448 miles), stretching from Chicago, Illinois all the way to Los Angeles, California. The eight states crossed along the route include Illinois, Missouri and Kansas; Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico; Arizona and California. While much of the route was decommissioned over time, the route, which now takes in a variety of alternative roads, still attracts many adventurers.
Route 66 incidents
Over the decades, Route 66 has seen many accidents on the road, many of which were fatal. Even today, high speeds; poor road and, depending on season, weather conditions and driver tiredness are responsible for many accidents on Route 66. Common injuries by motoring accidents range from cuts, bruises and lacerations to broken limbs and head, neck and back injuries of varying severity. Over the decades, so many drivers and passengers have lost their lives on this road that parts of it have become known as ‘Death Alley’; ‘Bloody Highway’ and ‘Slaughter Lane’.
- Staying safe
To prevent vehicle accidents, drivers are advised to plan their route carefully, give themselves a minimum of two weeks to travel the full length of the route and watch road conditions at all times. The Historic Route 66 in particular features endless stretches of road covered in potholes; lumps, loose gravel and cracks with slippery accumulations of tar. Taking regular breaks to prevent causing a road traffic accident by falling asleep is also necessary.
- When journeys end abruptly
There are times when even careful drivers can become victims of vehicle collisions. All it takes to have a car crash is a single fatigued or careless driver. Should you be injured in a Route 66 accident through no fault on your part, there is a good chance that you may qualify for driver or passenger injury compensation.
How to claim
Traffic accident claims can be initiated by filling in the compensation calculator on Accident Advice Helpline website or by calling our helpline. Available 24/7, this freephone number is confidential and manned by experienced, friendly advisors.
Established in 2000, our firm specialises in handling car accident; work accident; slip, trip and fall and other personal injury claims. Recommended by TV personality and consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen, our patron, the firm has an outstanding success record, with in-house lawyers settling many of their no win no fee* cases out of court. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500.