A new study ranks the deadliest stretches of highway in Metropolitan St. Louis area.
The highway on the top of the list might be surprising. It is not 270, 44 or 55. The deadliest highway is a half mile stretch of Page Ave in Wellston, St. Louis, between Sutter and R.M. Moore Avenues.
A small and inconspicuous part of Highway D in North County. There were three fatal crashes resulting in three deaths between 2015-16. That is a remarkably high number considering that it is just half a mile.
This leads us to the question: What makes this stretch of Page Ave so dangerous?
There are two-way stop sign intersections line road and there is an alarming lack of street lights. The lack of clear road signs and signals is one-way accidents are caused. People consistently disobey traffic laws when it comes to stop signs.
Its called the St. Louis Stop - its in the Urban dictionary. Definition: an action where you come up to a stop sign look both ways but never actually make a complete stop.
They gun it through intersections to beat traffic or don’t come to a complete stop and roll through, colliding with drivers on the highway. If these intersections had traffic lights, drivers would have more cause to obey the rules of the intersection, and less deaths are likely to occur.
But this is a state highway, and is out of the control of the city of Wellston. It falls into MODOT jurisdiction, and traffic lights take considerably more money than a stop sign.
The street lights, however, do fall into city jurisdiction. And considering the deadly toll this highway has had on drivers, it is important to take action to prevent the loss of life.
In Missouri, auto accidents kill more people under the age of 54 than anything else.
I represent people who have lost loved ones in auto accidents all the time, and what I do is look at the contributing factors and the laws that are in place that should protect drivers. It is important to remember that intersections are one of the most dangerous places when on the road.
Here is a video that goes over the key points to remember when you’ve been involved in an accident at an intersection. Call 911, get pictures of the damage to your vehicle and the other driver’s vehicle, make sure to get any witnesses, and try to make sure the driver at fault admits it.