Readers of our personal injury law blog may be interested to learn of a new highway tunnel that is set to open at the end of March at one of the San Francisco area's most infamous spots for serious car accidents and slide offs. The grand opening of the Highway 1 bypass at an area known as Devil's Slide is set to occur on March 25. It will be the state's first highway tunnel in five decades and will be named "The Tom Lantos Tunnels" after the late Congressman who pushed for the project. The multi-million dollar Caltrans project developed two tunnels through the coastal mountain-side.
Devil's Slide is a narrow pass that has been the site of numerous serious and fatal accidents over the years. It is also known for its dizzying heights and frequent closures due to storm related damage. The nickname is the result of the horrific and deadly car accidents that have occurred on this stretch of roadway.
Despite the impending opening of the new highway tunnel, serious car crashes will undoubtedly continue in the region. Accidents caused by motorists swerving into oncoming traffic can cause head-on collisions. Other accidents result in motorists plunging down the cliff sides. These crashes can cause permanent spinal cord or brain injuries, and in the most extreme cases victims may be killed.
For victims of car crashes caused by the negligence or recklessness of another driver, it is important to know recovery may be available. An experienced Contra Costa attorney can assist victims in evaluating a potential personal injury claim and securing the recovery of damages.
Source: CBS SF Bay Area, "Devil's Slide Tunnels set to open on March 25," Mar. 13, 2013