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Worried about your loved one driving on the "Dixie Die-way?"

It's one thing to know you're in control behind the wheel of your own vehicle, and quite another to watch your son, daughter, spouse or other family member pull out of your driveway, heading for Dixie Highway in Kentucky. Locals named this stretch of road a "die-way" instead of "highway" for good reason. It's dangerous. There are many fatal accidents there; in fact, advocates for change, including several Jefferson County council members have announced plans for major projects that will -- hopefully -- make the roadway safer.

Everyone in your community is likely aware of the bad reputation Dixie Highway has insofar as motor vehicle travel is concerned. Some say you rarely hear of an accident along this road that doesn't result in fatality. If your frequent travel necessitates driving on this highway, you no doubt want to be aware of the potential dangers involved, as well as where to turn for help if you get in an accident.

Plans to decrease dangers

You might assume that if a particular section of highway seems consistently prone to fatal accidents, there might be reasons beyond reckless driving. The following list includes information regarding what many say is part of the problem on Dixie Highway, as well as information regarding proposed changes that may help make the road safer to motorists and pedestrians alike:

  • Lack of lighting: If you travel Dixie Highway at night, you're undoubtedly familiar with its pitch-black darkness. Many lobbyists for change say installing proper lighting systems would definitely help decrease the high number of accidents that occur in this area.
  • Lack of medians: Many highways have ample medians that separate directional traffic and keep motorists safe. Dixie Highway is not one of them, which is why several council members have proposed adding medians to various sections of the road.
  • New pavement needed: An estimated $500,000 is needed to implement suggested changes to increase safety on Dixie Highway, including repaving the road to improve driving conditions. 

Particular emphasis regarding better lighting in the area will focus on intersections of the proposed project, which is set to span several years' time. You may agree that intersections are among the most dangerous sections of roadways anywhere in the nation; thus, installing lights to improve driver visibility in the area may be just what the doctor ordered to help avoid collisions.

Plans to seek compensation

Even if you are alert and cautious behind the wheel, you or your loved one may wind up injured if another motorist is negligent. There's a support network available in the Dixie Highway area that can be a great asset to you in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident that causes you or your family member severe injury.

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