Nobody wants to get into an accident, but over the course of a lifetime, many of us will have at least one fender bender. While an accident can be a hassle, most of us will simply call the police and a tow truck and begin the auto insurance claims process.
Unfortunately, there are places where having a collision is much more complicated. Here are the six worst roads to get into an accident.
1. The Loneliest Road, Nevada
This stretch of U.S. Highway 50 runs from Ely to Fernly in Nevada. It covers 287 miles and passes through nine small towns with just a few gas pumps. The Loneliest Road was given its nickname by Life magazine in 1986 and AAA warns motorists "not to drive there unless they're confident in their survival skills."
You can literally drive for hours without passing another vehicle, so if you are in a collision it will be awhile before the police arrive to take your accident report. If you decide to drive this road, plan ahead and carry the proper supplies.
2. U.S. Interstate 70 in Utah
I-70 runs from Cove Fort, Utah across the country and ends near Baltimore, Md. While the majority of I-70 is well serviced, there are parts of it in the Utah desert that are largely desolate. For example, the stretch from Salina to Green River is a 107-mile drive that has absolutely no service stations. Both Salina and Green River have a highway patrol station, but if you end up in a car wreck somewhere between these two towns, it may be a long time before patrolmen are able to reach you - and that's assuming your cell phone has reception and you're able to call for help. If your car insurance policy includes roadside assistance, now might be a good time to use it.
3. Independence Pass, Colorado
This high-altitude mountain pass tops out at 12,100 feet and is centered between Leadville and Aspen. It can be a very dangerous drive because both sides of the pass are narrow with a number of big switchbacks. The western side has a few stretches that narrow down to a one-lane gravel road that makes pulling off to the shoulder almost impossible. The 58-mile drive offers no police stations or services. As with most mountain passes, falling rocks are a potential danger on this road.
4. Cross Bronx Interchange
Sure, you can call for help easily, but police and the tow truck might have a difficult time getting through the busy traffic. As an added bonus, you will get to enjoy all of the curious stares and rude hand gestures of the commuters crawling past.
There are numerous cities that can lay claim to rush hour honors, but the Cross Bronx interchange may take the cake. According to a recently released study by INRIX, a company that provides navigation and traffic information, New York has five of the top 10 worst highway interchanges in the country. Number one in the country is the Cross Bronx where traffic crawls along at an abysmal average of 11.3 miles an hour. In the vicinity of exit 4B, traffic backs up for 116 hours each week.
5. Lincoln Tunnel, New York
While an accident in a small town tunnel can be cleared pretty quickly, an accident in a large, long, traffic filled tunnel can take hours. The Lincoln Tunnel is 1.5 miles long and runs under the Hudson River. It connects Weehawken, New Jersey with Manhattan in New York City. According to a New York Post article, it took roughly 3.5 hours to clear a recent accident from the tunnel. If you have the bad luck of being involved in a collision in the Lincoln Tunnel, expect to be in for a long wait.
6. James W. Dalton Highway, Alaska
This 414-mile gravel stretch in Alaska is one of America's most dangerous roads, and definitely not a place you want to get stuck. It originates north of Fairbanks and comes to an end at Deadhorse near the Arctic Ocean. It was originally built as a supply road for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system, and is still mainly used by supply trucks. The road is open to the public but you'll need to be prepared if you decide to take this drive.
According to the Bureau Of Land Management (BLM), there are no public or medical facilities along the entire route and gas is available at only two locations. Cell phone coverage ends about 35 miles out of Fairbanks, so if you have a collision or breakdown you will need to wait for the next passerby to help you--due to sparse traffic you could be in for a long wait. If you do decide to brave this road read the BLM's guide to driving the Dalton Highway and heed their advice carefully.