Interstates 81, 66 and 64 are major routes through the Shenandoah Valley. Accordingly, every time you drive on one of these highways, you are likely to encounter dozens or even hundreds of commercial vehicles. You may also have to contend with speeders and out-of-state distracted drivers.
While driving on a major highway certainly has its risks, the most dangerous roads in the Shenandoah Valley may not have red and blue signs. In fact, in 2019, there were more deadly crashes on non-interstate roads than on interstate highways in the Shenandoah Valley.
Route 259 runs for approximately 27 miles, beginning at I-81 and ending at the West Virginia state line. While the highway takes motorists past some breathtaking scenery, its two-lane configuration makes passing slower vehicles difficult. Furthermore, during inclement weather, Route 259 may become treacherous or impassible.
Route 340 takes motorists from Front Royal all the way to Waynesboro, essentially running parallel to I-81. The highway is popular with truckers, especially those who carry heavy or oversized loads. Still, the elevational changes on Route 340 may make it dangerous for drivers. Additionally, the forested areas on either side of the roadway provide habitats for deer and other wildlife that may put motorists at risk.
Route 33 is a 136-mile stretch of highway that connects the West Virginia state line to Richmond. The part of Route 33 that passes through the Shenandoah Valley is appealing to tourists who want to take advantage of the many hiking trails in Shenandoah National Park. Unfortunately, though, increased out-of-state traffic may make Route 33 hazardous even during warm summer months.
Whether you prefer to drive on interstate highways or smaller roadways, dangerous driving conditions and reckless drivers may cause you to suffer a serious injury. Luckily, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation to help you better manage life after a motor vehicle accident.