A disturbing study has revealed that Arizona had one of the top five, most dangerous highways in America during the summer driving months in recent years.
ASecurelife.com ranked the most dangerous highways nationwide, from 2015 to 2017, based on fatalities. Interstate 10, which stretches for 329 miles through Arizona, had 100 deaths in the study timeframe.
One hundred fatalities ranked number five for a single highway in the U.S., behind I-5 in California, I-10 in Texas, U.S. Route 1 in Florida and I-75 in Georgia. These four states have significantly larger populations, yet the Arizona stretch of I-10 ranked an astonishing number five.
The study data comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, known as “FARS.”
Analysts at ASecurelife.com wanted to “bring awareness to summer travelers about highway risks.” The Leader Law Firm is familiar with the risks associated with I-10 in Arizona. We have represented numerous families who have lost loved ones in catastrophic crashes on I-10.
ASecurelife.com indicated that fatalities were the only data point assessed in their two-year study. According to an Arizona Department of Transportation spokesperson, “Fatalities alone shouldn’t be the sole indicator of a roadway’s safety performance.”
Many factors come into play regarding highway safety, but the number of deaths is the most significant.
Fatalities are not just a “variable or an indicator.” They represent family members who will never come home again.
Arizona has a population of over 7 million people, according to Worldatlas.com. California has 39 million people, and Texas has 28 million. Yet, we ranked number five in roadway fatalities.
How long will Arizona deny we have one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in the nation?
If you or someone in your family has lost a loved one in a highway crash in Arizona, contact the Leader Law Firm for a free case evaluation.