• Personal Injury

    Posted on October 12th, 2010

    Written by sslates


    Years after a deadly crash on California’s Route 46 killed one person and seriously injured members of a family, authorities are beginning safety improvements to the accident magnet that also claimed the life of James Dean in 1955.  A project to make safety improvements to Route 46 will now receive funding of $78 million.  These funds will be used to widen the road, and eventually, the entire 110-mile stretch of the highway may be turned into a four-lane road.

    For years, this spot has been the scene of deadly accidents.  Since 2000, there have been at least 30 people killed in car accidents on the road.  The road was built back in the 20s, and quickly became one of the most congested roads in the state.  In 1955, Route 46 claimed its first high-profile victim.  Actor James Dean was killed as his car approached the Route 46-Highway 41 junction.  His car collided with a Ford Coupe, and he sustained fatal injuries.  The spot where he died is now known as James Dean Memorial Junction.

    However, the safety improvements didn’t start soon after that accident.  In fact for several decades later, there were no safety improvements made to Route 46.  In 1995, authorities implemented several new safety rules, including the mandatory use of headlights during the day.  New rumble strips were installed, and speeds were reduced on the highway, encouraging Los Angeles car accident lawyers.

    Then in 1999, another major accident severely injured four members of a family and one motorist.  A couple and their two sons were headed to the coast for Fourth of July celebrations, when their car was involved in a collision with another car.  The driver of the other car died, while the couple and their two sons sustained serious injuries.  They sued the California Department of Transportation claiming that the accident was caused due to poor highway conditions.  They ultimately settled for $4 million with the state.

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