December 27, 2022
If you’re an experienced driver, you already know that some routes are more dangerous than others. But what are the most dangerous highways in America? We can measure that by calculating how many fatal accidents occurred on each. Of course, some highways are longer or shorter than others. That’s why we measure fatalities per 100 miles. Let’s discover the top 10 most dangerous highways in America.
This list, which runs from less dangerous to more dangerous, includes data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through 2019. Data for 2020, 2021, and 2022 has yet to be made available.
#10: US-41 | Miami, Florida to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula | 7.02 fatalities per 100 miles
#9: I-80 | San Francisco, California to Teaneck, New Jersey | 7.21 fatalities per 100 miles
#8: I-70 | Cove Fort, Utah to Baltimore, Maryland | 7.35 fatalities per 100 miles
#7: I-40 | Barstow, California to Wilmington, North Carolina | 9.89 fatalities per 100 miles
#6: I-15 | Primm, Nevada to San Diego, California | 11.02 fatalities per 100 miles
#5: I-35 | Duluth, Minnesota to Laredo, Texas | 12.56 fatalities per 100 miles
#4: I-75 | Canadian Border to Miami Lakes, Florida | 13.27 fatalities per 100 miles
#3: I-5 | Canadian Border to San Diego, California | 13.47 fatalities per 100 miles
#2: I-20 | Scroggins Draw, Texas to Florence, South Carolina | 13.52 fatalities per 100 miles
#1: I-95 | Canadian Border to Miami, Florida | 14.88 fatalities per 100 miles
The NHTSA has found data on when it’s most dangerous to be on the road. The most dangerous time to drive is during the evening rush hour, and the second most dangerous time is between midnight and four in the morning. Fridays and Saturdays are also hazardous days to be on the road since you're more likely to encounter drunk drivers. And of course, we hear every year on the news about traffic problems during the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are dangerous because more people are on the road in unfamiliar places, and many may be driving under the influence of alcohol. The weather during this time can also present a problem, as drivers may have to deal with snow and ice.
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