New report says North Texas has two of the most dangerous highways in America
Interstate 20 and Interstate 35 are among the top five deadliest roads in the U.S. according to Zebra, a car insurance website.
I-20 ranks at No. 2 and I-35 is at No. 5 based on data gathered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the State Department of Transportation.
As one of the shortest highways on the list, I-20 stretches from West Texas to South Carolina, going through North Texas; Jackson, Miss.; and Atlanta, Georgia. But it records the second-highest rate of fatalities per mile. In 2019, Zebra listed 13.52 fatalities per 100 miles.
“We used 2019 data because the NHTSA has yet to release its full data for 2020 and 2021,” according to Zebra.
I-35 stretches from Minnesota to South Texas, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. Zebra also calls this stretch a “de facto route for thousands of 18-wheelers.”
The State Department of Transportation recently unveiled a new campaign, #EndTheStreakTX,to reduce traffic deaths.
The No. 1 most dangerous highway in America? I-95. It stretches along the entire East Coast from Maine to Florida, including Boston, New York and Miami. The NHTSA lists 14.88 fatalities per 100 miles.
“Many of these accidents occurred in the northeast in the winter, when road conditions were far from ideal.”
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