5 Most Dangerous Roads in the United States You Can’t Avoid

Does the thrill of driving on some of the most dangerous roads in the United States entice you? Does the thought of this experience compel you toward these roads, or will you avoid them in an effort to keep your travel companions safe? When planning your next road trip, avoiding some of the most dangerous drives might behoove you. Unfortunately, many of these roads are almost impossible to avoid.

  • I-35 from Duluth, MN to Laredo, TX
  • I-75 from the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan to Miami, FL
  • I-5 runs along the California coastline from Mexico to Canada
  • 1-20 from Texas to South Carolina
  • 1-95 from Maine at the Canadian border to Miami, FL

5. I-35 is the fifth most dangerous road in the United States

I-35 Interchanges in Austin can be dangerous
I-35 Interchanges in Austin | Shutterstock

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The route of I-35 runs north-to-south from Duluth, MN, to Laredo, TX. This road passes through San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin in, Texas, three of the country’s most populated cities. Most of the 197 deaths occur annually along this road in Texas. For 1-35, this works out to 12.56 deaths per 100 miles.

4. I-75 is a long and one of the most dangerous drives in America

I-75 in Cincinnati is a difficult drive, especially at night
I-75 in Cincinnati | Shutterstock

If you were to drive the entire length of I-75, you would end up in either Miami, Florida or the Mackinac Bridge in the upper part of Michigan. Along the way, you would pass locations where 237 people die each year. This number works out to be 13.27 deaths per 100 miles, many of which occurred on either end of the road. Michigan is known for slick winter roads and Tampa for accident-prone streets.

3. I-5 brings a lot of heavy traffic on a dangerous road to drive

Smog Hovering Over I-5 in Los Angeles, one of the most dangerous roads in America
Smog Hovering Over I-5 in Los Angeles | Shutterstock

The main highway that links Canada and Mexico along the Wes Coast is I-5. This road claims 186 lives per year which averages 13.47 deaths per 100 miles. This is a common route for 18-wheelers and the only continuous interstate reaching the Canadian and Mexican borders. Along the route, I-5 runs through Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego, all heavily populated, high-traffic areas.

2. I-20 is one of the shortest roads on our list, but no less dangerous

I-20 Interchanges in Atlanta
I-20 Interchanges in Atlanta | Shutterstock

Yahoo News tells us the second most dangerous of the roads on our list is I-20. This road runs from east to west through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. The average number of fatalities along 1-20 is 208, which works out to be 13.52 deaths per 100 miles. The greatest contributor to these deaths is the number of large cities along the route. These cities include Dallas, Jackson, and Atlanta.

1. I-95 is the most dangerous road to drive on in America

I-95 Through Miami is the most dangerous road in the United States
I-95 Through Miami | Shutterstock

Many roads on this list are unavoidable, as anyone along the East Coast will tell you about I-95. This road is the main route to travel on the East Coast, but it crosses through many major cities, including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Miami. This route has some of the worst winter weather in the north and is a road that claims an average of 284 lives per year. That works out to be 14.88 deaths per 100 miles.

What is the most dangerous non-interstate highway in America?

US Highway 41 in Copper Harbor Michigan; pretty fall foliage on a dangerous road
US Highway 41 in Copper Harbor Michigan | Shutterstock

The only non-interstate road in the top ten for average mortality rate is U.S. Highway 41. This road runs from the upper peninsula of Michigan through Milwaukee, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, and Miami. The fatality rate is an average of 141 deaths per year which is 7.02 deaths per 100 miles. The snow on one end and Hillsborough County, a county in Florida with the highest rate of traffic fatalities in the country, contribute to the death toll on this road.

Which state has the most dangerous roads in America?

The state with the highest number of deaths per 100,000 people is Mississippi. Their death rate is 25.39 deaths per 100,000 people in the state. Second, on the list is Wyoming, with 22.02 deaths per 100,000 residents of the state.

Where is the deadliest intersection in America?

The deadliest intersection in America from 2000 to 2019 is the intersection of Lalor Street and Route 129 in Mercer County, New Jersey. This intersection had nine fatal crashes during that time period. There were 14 other intersections that had seven or more fatal crashes, four in New Jersey, four in Florida, and two in Texas.

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