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Old June 10th, 2010, 01:17 AM   #5741
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America's 100 Deadliest Highways



quick disclaimer: If you’re driving right now and reading this, put down your smartphone and come back later—please.

Summertime, when America traditionally takes to the road, carries with it a more somber tradition—“the 100 deadliest days” of the year for drivers, according to Susan P. Owings, co-founder of Road Safe America. An astounding 50,765 fatal accidents occurred in June, July, and August from 2004 to 2008, according to data from the National Highway Safety Administration. While fatalities have been steadily decreasing since 2005, 37,261 motorists and passengers nonetheless lost their lives in 2008.

These lives were lost disproportionally: Some roads are more dangerous than others—reckless or distracted drivers seem to congregate on certain highway corridors, while poor road maintenance is another common cause of collisions. We crunched the numbers for five years of accident data, courtesy of the NHSA, from nearly 250 stretches of interstate highways to find out which roads are the most deadly, mile-for-mile.

Some notes: Each interstate was broken into stretches within a single state. We measured fatal accidents, rather than total fatalities, which we then divided by the number of miles of that stretch. And any ties that may appear on these raw numbers driving these rankings are only because of rounding.


#1, I-95
Florida

2004-2008
In-state miles: 382.15
Fatal accidents: 662
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.73
Total fatalities: 765

#2, I-76
New Jersey

2004-2008
In-state miles: 3.04
Fatal accidents: 5
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.64
Total fatalities: 6

#3, I-4
Florida

2004-2008
In-state miles: 132.39
Fatal accidents: 209
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.58
Total fatalities: 234

#4, I-15
California

2004-2008
In-state miles: 287.26
Fatal accidents: 437
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.52
Total fatalities: 506

#5, I-10
California

2004-2008
In-state miles: 242.54
Fatal accidents: 341
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.41
Total fatalities: 387

#6, I-59
Louisiana

2004-2008
In-state miles: 11.48
Fatal accidents: 16
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.40
Total fatalities: 16

#7, I-94
Illinois

2004-2008
In-state miles: 61.53
Fatal accidents: 85
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.38
Total fatalities: 89

#8, I-93
Massachusetts

2004-2008
In-state miles: 47.07
Fatal accidents: 61
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.30
Total fatalities: 67

#9, I-95
Delaware

2004-2008
In-state miles: 23.43
Fatal accidents: 29
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.24
Total fatalities: 30

#10, I-55
Tennessee

2004-2008
In-state miles: 12.28
Fatal accidents: 15
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.22
Total fatalities: 16

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Old June 10th, 2010, 06:46 PM   #5742
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America's 100 Deadliest Highways



quick disclaimer: If you’re driving right now and reading this, put down your smartphone and come back later—please.

Summertime, when America traditionally takes to the road, carries with it a more somber tradition—“the 100 deadliest days” of the year for drivers, according to Susan P. Owings, co-founder of Road Safe America. An astounding 50,765 fatal accidents occurred in June, July, and August from 2004 to 2008, according to data from the National Highway Safety Administration. While fatalities have been steadily decreasing since 2005, 37,261 motorists and passengers nonetheless lost their lives in 2008.

These lives were lost disproportionally: Some roads are more dangerous than others—reckless or distracted drivers seem to congregate on certain highway corridors, while poor road maintenance is another common cause of collisions. We crunched the numbers for five years of accident data, courtesy of the NHSA, from nearly 250 stretches of interstate highways to find out which roads are the most deadly, mile-for-mile.

Some notes: Each interstate was broken into stretches within a single state. We measured fatal accidents, rather than total fatalities, which we then divided by the number of miles of that stretch. And any ties that may appear on these raw numbers driving these rankings are only because of rounding.


#1, I-95
Florida

2004-2008
In-state miles: 382.15
Fatal accidents: 662
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.73
Total fatalities: 765

#2, I-76
New Jersey

2004-2008
In-state miles: 3.04
Fatal accidents: 5
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.64
Total fatalities: 6

#3, I-4
Florida

2004-2008
In-state miles: 132.39
Fatal accidents: 209
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.58
Total fatalities: 234

#4, I-15
California

2004-2008
In-state miles: 287.26
Fatal accidents: 437
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.52
Total fatalities: 506

#5, I-10
California

2004-2008
In-state miles: 242.54
Fatal accidents: 341
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.41
Total fatalities: 387

#6, I-59
Louisiana

2004-2008
In-state miles: 11.48
Fatal accidents: 16
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.40
Total fatalities: 16

#7, I-94
Illinois

2004-2008
In-state miles: 61.53
Fatal accidents: 85
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.38
Total fatalities: 89

#8, I-93
Massachusetts

2004-2008
In-state miles: 47.07
Fatal accidents: 61
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.30
Total fatalities: 67

#9, I-95
Delaware

2004-2008
In-state miles: 23.43
Fatal accidents: 29
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.24
Total fatalities: 30

#10, I-55
Tennessee

2004-2008
In-state miles: 12.28
Fatal accidents: 15
Fatal accidents per mile: 1.22
Total fatalities: 16

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-a...a-fatal-crash/
I-76 in New Jersey is very urban - just three miles (like the thing says), all of it in the near suburbs of Philadelphia and part of it on a major bridge and its approaches. Must be one of the more-heavily-traveled...what to call them, "state segments"?...of Interstate in the country. Segments 7 through 10 on this list are likewise heavily-traveled urban and suburban stretches. Are there statistics that adjust for the density of traffic? Not that it's clear to me how you do that....
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Old June 10th, 2010, 08:06 PM   #5743
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I-76 in New Jersey is very urban - just three miles (like the thing says), all of it in the near suburbs of Philadelphia and part of it on a major bridge and its approaches. Must be one of the more-heavily-traveled...what to call them, "state segments"?...of Interstate in the country. Segments 7 through 10 on this list are likewise heavily-traveled urban and suburban stretches. Are there statistics that adjust for the density of traffic? Not that it's clear to me how you do that....
I suppose there are such stats, but even this unsophisticated analysis is pretty interesting. By the time you get to...

#100, I-96
Michigan

2004-2008
In-state miles: 192.06
Fatal accidents: 87
Fatal accidents per mile: 0.45
Total fatalities: 91

0.45 is a lot different from 1.73 for I-95 in Florida, especially since both have both urban and rural sections.

Amusingly, three commenters insist that there's no such thing as I-59 in Louisiana. I have better things to do than correct them.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 11:33 AM   #5744
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Nice pictures. I always thought Interstate H201 should have been called Interstate 2H1. It looks better and has a cooler ring to it.

Interstate 35, 235
Interstate H1, 2H1
My intuition told me the same at first but after analyzing the interstate rules for numbering it totally makes sense. Remember that the "H" is a prefix so theoretically it is not part of the route number. The route makes a loop around the H1 so per numbering rules, it must be a three digit number starting with an even number.

Interstate 5, 205
Interstate H1, H201
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Old June 11th, 2010, 11:58 AM   #5745
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INTERSTATE H2 - Northbound between Waipahu and Wahiawa




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Old June 11th, 2010, 11:59 AM   #5746
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INTERSTATE H2 - Southbound between Mililani and Waipahu Interchange




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Old June 12th, 2010, 09:57 PM   #5747
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I hate to say this, but that's some really awful concrete tining.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 10:45 PM   #5748
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if tining refers to the ripples on the road, you would be surprise because they feel great to drive on... even better than some of those smooth pavement roads.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 12:30 AM   #5749
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^ I think that is called wisper grooving. It drastically reduces the 'whistle' associated with concrete. Its common on California Freeways as well.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 07:49 PM   #5750
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Highways in California are free, or how does it work?
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Old June 15th, 2010, 03:21 AM   #5751
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Highways in California are free, or how does it work?
97% or so are free there are a few toll roads and bridges.

I see threads here about different countries highway system. All most all pale in comparison to the highways in the Golden State... California!
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Come to think of it California doesn't have many toll roads.
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Many of it's bridges in the Bay Area are tolled though, similar to NYC where all highways are free but most of the bridges aren't.
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Come to think of it California doesn't have many toll roads.
But there are some. At least every major metro has one. Only major bridge that isn't toll that I can think of is the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Not sure about the one in the LA harbor.
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Aside from the Bay-area bridges, there are *NO* 'tolled' interstates in California. All of the land-based tollways in California are non-interstate and they are all are in the southern part of the state.

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97% or so are free there are a few toll roads and bridges.

I see threads here about different countries highway system. All most all pale in comparison to the highways in the Golden State... California!
Thank you bd popeye, it's what I thought. I'll check it however in two weeks time.
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I somehow got it into my head that most of the lineage on US roads was in yellow, but that doesn't seem to be the case from all the photos in this thread. Am I losing my mind or did it used to be more yellow in the past, or is that the case on a different type of road, or..?
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Yellow road markings separate driving directions.
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I somehow got it into my head that most of the lineage on US roads was in yellow, but that doesn't seem to be the case from all the photos in this thread. Am I losing my mind or did it used to be more yellow in the past, or is that the case on a different type of road, or..?
Yellow is only used for the centre divide line. Like Chris said, it tells you if you're going the right way.
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Oh right, I got that all wrong then. Thanks!
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