Driving in America is considered more dangerous than to driving in the countries of our ancestors in northern Europe. Even though the common knowledge is that “people are crazy drivers over there”, American roads are deadly. The chance of dying in an accident in any one year is about 11 out of 100,000 according to the World Health Organization. Do you drive through some of the notorious deadly roads in America? Check it out.
First: Interstate 10 in Arizona is 150 miles long.
It accounts for more than twelve percent of all the traffic deaths in the state. It goes through desert areas that are sparsely populated and gets people from Phoenix to California, and back if they are lucky.
Second: Interstate 26 in South Carolina has dangerous hazards next to the roadway.
Cars often hit trees and roll into ditches. Areas of the highway that are not located near the urban area had double the death rate of the Charleston sections of the highway. This road has the unique combination of steep areas next to the road along with the absence of any guardrails.
Third: Highway 550 in Colorado goes through a mountain pass at 11,000 feet.
It also has no guardrails. The road was built in the 1920’s and poses the danger of plunging off cliffs. But the absence of guardrails here is explained by their making it difficult to plow away the heavy snows and the debris left by avalanches, reasons that leave drivers all the more nervous.
Fourth: Highway 2 in Montana made Montana the state with the highest rate of highway fatalities.
It is in a remote area where people drive very fast and, in the event of a serious injury, ambulances take a long time to arrive. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration likes to use this highway as an example to prove that roads in remote areas are more dangerous than congested city driving.
Fifth: Interstate 431 in Alabama has many crosses and make-shift monuments placed by families of victims of fatal crashes.
The road is notoriously packed with traffic, but has very poor visibility for drivers. Not being able to see properly is not very comforting to drivers who know that they are on one of the most dangerous roads in America.
Sixth: Dalton Highway in Alaska is mostly dirt road.
It traverses steep mountains in sub-zero temperatures. It is used mainly by truckers and has very few services for automobiles. Rental car agencies advise customers to stay away. To add to the danger, the trucks are mostly filled with combustible cargo, oil, and gas.
Seventh: Route 138 in California is sometimes called “blood alley.”
It is a steep, winding, narrow two-lane road. Other nicknames include the “highway of death” and “death road.”
Eighth: Interstate 95 in Connecticut is crowded and dangerous.
This interstate goes through congested areas and posts hundreds of accidents annually.
The part that runs through the town of Norwalk accounts for more than 700 crashes per year.
Ninth: Highway 24 running through Ohio and Indiana is known for big accidents.
This highway is infamous for accidents involving tractor-trailer trucks, especially head-on collisions with cars. It acquired the nickname “killway” instead of highway.
Tenth: Interstate 15 from California to Nevada makes for a dangerous Vegas Trip.
The 15 to Vegas and back is heavily populated with drivers going to and coming from Las Vegas. They gamble by not wearing seat belts most of the time, while drinking simultaneously.
Although there are situations in which there’s little one can do to avoid an accident, a lot of it comes down to how you are a as driver. It’s worth your while looking into ways to improve your driving and teaching what you know to your children and loved ones around you. Even the best car accident attorneys will tell you that the best way to prevent an accident is to educate yourself as a defensive driver.