As driving hazards plague the entire country, some roads have become notoriously perilous.
Here are the 10 deadliest roads in the United States, based on a study of government data from 2019, the most recent year available. Roads are ranked by number of fatalities per 100 miles.
If you regularly drive on one of these highways, stay alert and make sure you have a good insurance policy to back you up.
10. United States 41
The only non-interstate highway on the list, US 41 runs southwest from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through Milwaukee; Chicago; Nashville, TN; and Atlanta, to Miami.
At the north end, snowstorms and ice storms wreak havoc on the road. And at the southern end you have Hillsborough County in Florida, the region with the highest road death rate in the country.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 141 fatal crashes and 7.02 fatalities per 100 miles along US 41 in 2019.
I-80 is one of the longest highways in the United States, stretching 2,900 miles from San Francisco to Teaneck, New Jersey.
The combination of high speed limits, heavy tractor-trailer traffic, and high winds in some areas help make I-80 a particularly dangerous road.
In 2019, the highway recorded 7.21 fatalities per 100 miles and a total of 209 fatalities.
I-70 runs east to west from Utah to Maryland, passing through Denver, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
It recorded 158 deaths in 2019, or 7.35 deaths per 100 miles.
Parts of the highway – such as the section through Colorado – include steep grades, tight turns, and extreme weather conditions. The scenery is beautiful, but don’t try to take a photo on the road.
I-40 runs east to west from Barstow, California to Wilmington, North Carolina through Albuquerque, New Mexico; Oklahoma City; Nashville; and Raleigh, North Carolina, along the way.
It was the highway with the second-highest number of fatalities, 253, but due to its great length, that’s only 9.89 fatalities per 100 miles.
It has been rated one of the most dangerous highways in almost every state it passes through due to the large number of drivers using it, especially during the summer.
Interstate 15 winds from Sweetgrass, Montana, through Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles to San Diego.
Although the section between Las Vegas and Los Angeles is a straight line in the desert, allowing drivers to see for miles, it is regularly named one of the deadliest passes in the country due to speeding and traffic. other bad behavior.
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The total number of fatalities was 158, which is fewer than many other highways on the list. But since it covers a relatively short distance, that’s 11.02 deaths per 100 miles.
I-35 runs north and south from Duluth, Minnesota to Laredo, Texas.
Many of the 197 deaths (or 12.56 per 100 miles) occurred in Texas, where I-35 passes through San Antonio, Dallas and Austin, three of the most populous cities in the country.
It is also a common route for semi-trailers, whose large size can cause serious accidents.
I-75 begins near Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge and stretches southwest to Miami, hitting Detroit, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Tampa, and several other major cities along the way.
Many of the highway’s 237 fatalities (13.27 per 100 miles) fell on both ends of the highway — on Michigan’s slick winter roads and Tampa’s accident-prone streets.
I-5 is the main highway that runs north-south along the west coast. It recorded 186 deaths in 2019, or 13.47 deaths per 100 miles.
The Common Road for 18-wheelers is the only continuous highway that crosses the borders of Canada and Mexico, beginning in Blaine, Washington, and ending in San Ysidro, California.
California’s huge population naturally brings a lot of traffic, and I-5 runs the length of the state, passing through Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
I-20 is a short but deadly interstate highway that runs east to west through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
The highway is only about 1,539 miles long – but at 208 fatalities that becomes an alarming 13.52 fatalities per 100 miles.
A major factor? The route crosses several high-traffic areas, including Dallas; Jackson, Mississippi; and Atlanta.
Interstate 95 begins at the Canadian border in Maine, passes through Boston, New York, Baltimore and Jacksonville, Florida before terminating in Miami.
Think of it as the east coast bookend of west coast I-5.
It ranks first in total fatalities (284) and fatalities per 100 miles (14.88) – largely due to harsh northeastern winters and a wave of accidents on along the east coast of Florida.
How to protect yourself
Even if you don’t regularly drive on one of these 10 roads, fatalities are on the rise nationwide, with an estimated 20,160 people killed in the first half of 2021, according to the US Department of Transportation. This represents an 18.4% year-over-year increase, making it the biggest jump on record.
You’ll want to do whatever you can to reduce your chances of falling into a wreck.
Yes, that means keeping a good distance from the car in front, being more alert at night, not multi-tasking behind the wheel, and leaving early so you’re not in a rush.
But no matter how hard you drive, soaring through 3,500 pounds of metal comes with inherent risks. That’s what auto insurance is for.
However, in some states, minimum coverage doesn’t help much if you have a serious accident. Before you hit the road, be sure to read your policy to make sure you have an idea of what it covers and what it doesn’t.
What if you’re not happy with the coverage you’re getting at your price? It’s time to shop around for a better policy.
While most insurers look at the same details to calculate your premiums, they each have their own proprietary (and secret) methods of assessing your details. That means finding a few different quotes from different providers gives you the best chance of getting the coverage you need – at a price that’s right for you.
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