If you are like most Americans, you spend hundreds of hours behind the wheel every single year. In fact, the Federal Highway Administration estimates average drivers put more than 13,000 miles on their vehicles annually. While most of the miles you log are probably on the highway, many others are undoubtedly on highway exit ramps.
Because of the comparatively fast speed limits on highways, you may worry more about having a serious car accident on a highway than on its exit ramp. Still, accidents on exit ramps account for thousands of catastrophic injuries every year.
Rear-end accident risk
Highway exit ramps require drivers to reduce their speeds considerably in a relatively short distance. If the driver behind you is not paying enough attention, he or she may slam into the back of your slowed or stopped vehicle. This, of course, makes you vulnerable to serious bodily injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even organ damage.
Rollover accident risk
Some highway exit ramps have better designs than others. When you are exiting from a highway, it is critical to comply with posted speed limits. After all, if you are driving too quickly, you may injure yourself in a rollover accident. Rollover accidents, of course, are almost always serious, as they often cause vehicles to land on their sides or tops.
Even though you can drive cautiously on exit ramps, you have no control over how other drivers choose to operate their vehicles. Ultimately, if another driver causes an accident that causes you substantial bodily harm, you may have legal grounds to pursue significant financial compensation.