Why Is Interstate I-95 at the Top of a List Released by NHTSA?

Yana Bostongirl

Massachusetts: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported an astounding 1.37 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2020. This is the highest fatality rate in the U.S since 2007.

Topping the list of most dangerous highways is the 1-95. Being the main north-south land-based transportation corridor for the east coast makes it one of the most important and busiest interstate highways in the US. Starting in Houlton, Maine, the I-95 travels south through 15 states including Massachusetts until it reaches Miami where it then becomes the Dixie Highway.

According to the NHTSA, there are 14.88 fatalities per 100 miles on this highway and most happen in the Northeast during the winter.

The other highways rounding the top five most dangerous highways according to the car insurance website, Zebra, are as follows:

I-20 - this highway runs from West Texas all the way to South Carolina. It was reported to have 13.52 fatalities per 100 miles in 2019.

I-5 - this highway runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean and in 2019 was declared as the third most dangerous highway in the US. One of the reasons for this is because it is a popular route for 18 wheelers which makes it dangerous for automobile drivers.

I-75 - Most of the fatalities reported on this highway that runs from the Great Lakes all the way to Florida occur during the winter which makes for less than ideal driving conditions.

I-35 - One of the main reasons why they are so many crashes on this highway is because it runs through three heavily populated cities in Texas-San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas.

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