It should come as no surprise that some roadways pose a bigger risk than others. Like the rest of the country, Pennsylvania has a list of dangerous highways. Does your car crash add to the evidence that some roads are more treacherous than others?
The good news is that the Keystone State doesn’t make it to the nation’s top ten list of deadliest roadways. In fact, Pennsylvania isn’t even in the rankings of the 50 Most Dangerous Highways in the US. It seems that traveling the interstates out west puts drivers at a much higher risk than anywhere else.
Getting hurt in a motor vehicle accident is one thing. Unfortunately, some car crashes result in fatalities, as do those involving trucks and buses.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) offers valuable insight into fatal accidents on both a state and national level. Consider this review of data regarding fatal crashes that occurred in 2017 in Pennsylvania.
Notably, 1,137 people died in traffic fatalities in 2017. Of that number, more than half were passengers. Most of the drivers were over age 21. Alcohol-impairment contributed to the deaths of 314 individuals.
Highways with the Most Car Crashes
Different roadways in Philadelphia made it to the top ten list where fatalities occurred during the specified time period. Truth be told, Roosevelt Boulevard represents the deadliest of them all. Even though it has 12 lanes, it is always congested. More cars mean more chance of an accident.
In the meantime, other roadways going through Philadelphia seemingly pose larger risks for motor vehicle accidents. These include:
- Delaware Expressway (I-95)
- Schuylkill Expressway
- Broad Street
- Lehigh Avenue
- Bustleton Avenue
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) cites many familiar highways as problematic. Just about everyone uses Interstate 80 to get from one end of the state to the other. Unfortunately, several accidents occur where the highway passes by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area.
Why are some roadways riskier than others? Most agree that speed and distracted driving make for a poor combination. Traffic volume certainly adds to the likelihood of a crash. Unfortunately, some weave in and out of lanes and add to highway problems.
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