With the spring/summer road trip season upon us it’s time to take a look at the top 10 deadliest highways in the United States. With extra cars on the roads comes increased risk for car accident deaths and injuries, particularly for teens that drive a lot more once school is out. If you can’t avoid the deadliest highways, make sure to take extra precautions to prevent a deadly car accident including driving defensively, wearing seat belts and avoiding distracted driving.
Top 10 deadliest highways in the United States
Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) based on 2014 car accident fatalities shows the top 10 deadliest highways and interstates across the U.S.:
- Ranking at number 10 is Interstate 35 that travels from Texas to Minnesota through Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. The roadway is approximately 1,600 miles and was responsible for 102 deaths in 2014.
- Coming in at number nine is Interstate 70 that runs 2,100 miles from the western to the eastern portion of the United States through Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. There were 112 car accident fatalities on that stretch of roadway in 2014.
- Ranking eighth is Interstate 5 that runs 1,400 miles along the west coast through Washington, Oregon and California. There were 112 traffic deaths on the I-5 in 2014.
- Interstate 80, which runs 2,900 miles east from California to New Jersey through California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey came in at seventh place. There were 114 deaths on the I-80 in 2014.
- Interstate 20 came in as the sixth most deadly highway. It runs more than 1,500 miles between Texas and South Carolina. The I-20 claimed 121 lives in 2014.
- U.S. Route 1 that connects Florida to Maine was the fifth deadliest highway on the list. In 2014, there were 150 deaths on Route 1.
- Interstate 75 came in at fourth place with 161 car accident deaths in 2014. The highway stretches between the Great Lakes region in Michigan to the southeast; running through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.
- Interstate 40 that runs through the eight southern states between California and North Carolina, came in as the third most deadly interstate. The highway took 183 lives in 2014.
- Interstate 95 came in at second place. The I-95 is the main highway on the east coast; it crosses through eight states including Maine, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Florida. The highway saw 205 traffic fatalities in 2014.
- Interstate 10 takes the number one spot as the deadliest highway in the United States. Running between California and Florida through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida; the I-10 is the fourth-longest highway in the country at 2,460 miles. The highway was responsible for 278 deaths in 2014.
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