There is nothing like driving along the roads of Hawaii. Drivers enjoy the surrounding natural splendor that only the islands provide. However, Hawaii is also known to have some of the world’s most dangerous roads. Driving on these roadways can sometimes be anything but relaxing.
Saddle Road, also known as Route 200, is a paved highway that runs across the width of most of the Big Island of Hawaii. However, this roadway has a reputation for being so dangerous that most rental car companies do not allow their renters to drive on it. Route 200 is a narrow winding highway that includes many one-lane bridges. It reaches such a high altitude that drivers often must contend with low visibility from fog conditions.
The road to Hana on Maui has also gained a reputation as a dangerous road to drive on. This long narrow road contains more than 350 hairpin turns and 150 one-lane bridges. Many tourists use the road for access to the tropical scenery including several waterfalls, gardens, rainforests and other sites. This road can also be very congested from tourist traffic.
Motor vehicle accidents can result from many different causes. The condition and maintenance of the road can be a contributing factor in a car accident. For example, there is a greater likelihood of an accident occurring on a congested roadway too narrow for safe two-way traffic. Other dangers may include deep potholes, lack of guardrails, unmarked sites of frequent animal crossings and overgrown flora blocking signs or obstructing traffic.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident because of the dangerous condition of the roadway, do not hesitate to consult with our experienced attorneys.