In 2016, 40,200 people—the equivalent of 1.25 per 100 million vehicle miles—died in motor vehicle crashes. Heavy traffic, distracted driving, excessive speed, impaired drivers, unsafe driving and road conditions are common causes for accidents. To stay safe, pay attention and use caution whether you’re commuting to work, running errands or on a cross-country road adventure. And since awareness is a key to accident prevention, before you head out on your next trip, discover the most dangerous roads in America.
On the 544 miles of highway along the state’s east coast, over 1,079 fatalities have happened in the last 10 years.
Texas Interstate 45
An average of 56.5 fatal accidents per 100 miles occurs on this Lone Star state highway. It’s particularly deadly in and around Houston, where 51 fatal crashes occurred between 2011 and 2015.
In the last six years, 1.41 deaths per mile happened on this 132-mile highway. The road also gains notoriety for making Everquote’s top 10 most dangerous interstates each year from 2010 to 2016.
South Carolina Highway 17
Blind curves, narrow lanes and wildlife—including deer and mountain lions that jump on the highway—make this tree-lined road a dangerous challenge for drivers.
Alaska Dalton Highway
Stretching 400 miles, this highway features steep grades, is prone to avalanches, and includes a 240-mile stretch that passes through nothing but tundra.
Every 10 miles, almost four fatal crashes occurred on this metro Atlanta road in 2013. Congestion, sharp turns and tractor trailer traffic affect the driving conditions here.
We know you’ll take precautions during your next drive, but if you do become involved in a car crash, contact the John Kelly Law Team for assistance. We’re here to help you get back on the road quickly and safely.