Which are the deadliest roads in America for truck drivers to operate on? What can drivers do to protect themselves when traveling down these hazardous highways? In 2015, there were 35,092 traffic fatalities. Of these, 10,396 occurred on highways or interstates. The most dangerous highways in America are located in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California. Motorists who travel these roads can reduce their risk by following the rules of the road. In particular, rules related to speed limits, safe following distances, hours of service regulations, and vehicle maintenance.
As of 2017, the five deadliest roads in America included I-4 from Tampa to Daytona Beach, FL has a fatality rate of 1.25 per mile. I-45 from Dallas to Galveston, TX has a fatality rate of 1.02 per mile. These were followed by US 192 from Four Corners to Indialantic, FL with a fatality rate of .87 deaths per mile. I-17 from Flagstaff to Phoenix, AZ had a fatality rate of .84 deaths per mile, while I-95 from Miami, FL to Weston, MA had a rate of .73 per mile.
From 2011 to 2015, three of the four next deadliest roads were in Texas. Each of these had a rate of at least .6 fatalities per mile. US 175 from Dallas to Jacksonville, TX had a rate of .69 deaths per mile, I-37 from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, TX had a rate of .65 fatalities per mile, and US 20 from Junction to Houston, TX had a fatality rate of .63 per mile.
Reasons for the high accident rates are varied. They include high traffic volume, narrow roadways, and poor visibility. They also include driver related factors such as distracted driving, driving while impaired, and driving while drowsy. Weather and light conditions are also common factors that make these dangerous highways deadlier than others. When fatal accidents occurred on these highways, the first harmful events included collisions with motor vehicles, vehicle overturns, pedestrian strikes, collisions with parked vehicles, brushing of guardrails or embankments, and striking trees.
Truck drivers who travel these dangerous roads can reduce their risk of serious injury or harm by adjusting their driving to match road and traffic conditions. Drivers should also prepare themselves to take alternate routes when poor weather, diminished visibility, or the presence of accidents increases congestion on these roadways.
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