Frankfort is a beautiful area of the state, but trying to get there safely can be surprisingly difficult. The highway that runs between Lexington and Frankfort is simple: It has only a few lanes, straight roads and moderate congestion. Despite that, crashes happen there almost every day.
There are many reasons why people crash on straight, easy highways, but the primary issue is inattention. Whether it’s paying closer attention to a phone than the road or zoning out because the road is long and even, these issues create the risk of a serious crash.
Driving on Interstate 64? Pay close attention to the road
Interstate 64 West is well-traveled. It is the main highway between Lexington and Louisville, making it one that many people take to commute each day. Unfortunately, because of its layout, the road creates the ideal conditions for speeding. Drivers who get frustrated on parts of the highway with only two lanes may start to speed to get around slower traffic, and others may zone out and forget about areas where new vehicles are trying to merge.
Despite how simple this route is for drivers, it’s not uncommon to see people who have run off the road or who have been involved in serious, high-speed collisions. To avoid that issue, you can:
- Slow down. Look at the highway’s marked speed limit and stay under it. Though drivers may pass you by, reducing your speed helps minimize the risk of serious injuries in the case of a collision.
- Be aware of your surroundings. There are a few areas where on ramps are short and merging has to happen quickly. Move over to the middle or left lanes when people need to merge.
- Be patient. If you get stuck in traffic on I-64 during rush hour, be patient and avoid road rage. Always leave with enough time to get to your destination while considering the possibility for a traffic jam or collision that blocks the road.
All of these tips can help you stay safer as you drive to and from Frankfort. If you are involved in a crash, call 911 and wait for medical care. Then, consider talking to your attorney about making a claim.