The Blue Ridge Parkway is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the country. It’s been called “America’s Favorite Drive.”
However, it’s not without its risks – especially during the summer when people from other parts of the country decide to spend their vacation at one of the many campgrounds or other lodgings along the route or in one of the two national parks at either end of the Parkway.
According to law enforcement, there are approximately 200 crashes there each year. About half of those involve serious injuries.
What should you watch out for on the Blue Ridge Parkway?
There are multiple risks you need to be aware of so that you can remain extra vigilant as you drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. These include:
- Steep grades: It’s important to watch your speed carefully on these.
- Narrow shoulders: The greenery grows close to the road. However, that means there’s little room to pull over if you have to get out of someone’s way.
- Curves with little visibility ahead: If you’ve ever driven the Road to Hana in Maui or California Highway 1 around Big Sur, you already know how dangerous these curves can be. Drive slowly and cautiously and put your headlights (but not your brights) on when approaching these curves.
- Wildlife: There’s always a chance of a deer or other animal crossing the road.
- Other vehicles, large and small: Large recreational vehicles can take up their lane and some of yours, so give them plenty of space. It’s also crucial to watch out for bicyclists with whom you’ll be sharing the road.
If you’re the one in the driver’s seat on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can’t fully enjoy the sights. More specifically, you shouldn’t. That’s why it’s best when at least two people can share the driving so that everyone has a chance to enjoy the view.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused by another driver’s recklessness or negligence, it’s important to get the maximum compensation to which you’re entitled to cover all of your expenses and financial losses as well as damages. Having experienced legal guidance can help you maximize your case.