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Most Dangerous, Safest Highways Ranked

April 20, 2017

Photo of the Snake Creek bridge in the Florida Keys via Wikimedia.
Photo of the Snake Creek bridge in the Florida Keys via Wikimedia.

The 545-mile U.S. Highway 1 that runs from southern Georgia to Key West, Fla., has been deemed the most dangerous highway in the U.S. because it has the highest fatal crash rate, according to Geotab.

The telematics provider has ranked the nation's most dangerous, as well as safest, highways in the country based on federal highway data analyzed by the company over the past 10 years.

There were 1,011 crashes and 1,079 fatalities on U.S. Highway 1, giving it a 2.8 fatal crash rate, according to Geotab.

Other top five dangerous highways include Texas' U.S. Highway 83, which runs 893 miles from the state's southern tip to the Oklahoma border; the California section of Interstate 40 that runs 155 miles from Barstow east to the Arizona border; the 359.6-mile Arizona section of Interstate 40 that crosses the entire state; and the section of U.S. Route 18 that runs east-west in southern South Dakota.

By comparison, four of the nation's five safest freeways with the lowest fatal crash rate run through New England, including three sections of Interstate 95. The 43-mile Rhode Island section of I-95 has 39 crashes and 40 fatalities, giving it the lowest crash rate of 0.1.

Other top five safest highways include the 131-mile New Hampshire section of Interstate 93 that runs from the Boston area to Vermont; the 111-mile I-95 Connecticut Turnpike; Wisconsin's 348-mile Interstate 94 that runs from the Minnesota to Illinois state lines; and Massachussetts' 120-mile Interstate 495 that runs from near Cape Cod to Salisbury.

Geotab looked at the annual number of road fatalities and fatal crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and adjusted for the average daily traffic counts provided by the Federal Highway Administration.

Read the full report here.

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  1. 1. Stringbean [ April 21, 2017 @ 05:35AM ]

    this doesn't surprise me. As time goes on, this traffic gets worse and tourist must leave their brain at home when they hit the road. It is the most impatient speed demon idiots out there and getting worse.

  2. 2. Joe Knudson [ April 21, 2017 @ 09:19AM ]

    I would think that weather would be a factor in a safety rating but the worst highways are in the south and the safest are in the north where snow and ice are a factor for several months a year.


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