Every year, Popular Mechanics magazine analyzes America’s highway data to determine the most dangerous highways. They put out an annual list of the top 25 most dangerous highways across the country, based on highway deaths per capita.

Over the years, several highways in Arizona have made this list, and 2020 is no exception. We specialize in catastrophic personal injury cases. Many of our injury and wrongful death cases arise from highway crashes, often involving semi-trucks or defective roadway issues. Specific safety measures, such as cable median barriers, could reduce fatalities from crossover crashes, but the Arizona Department of Transportation has refused to recognize them as a viable safety measure. 

What highways made the 2020 list of most dangerous highways?

I-17 between Tucson and Nogales came in at number seven on the list, the first Arizona highway to appear on the list. Heavy truck traffic, a lack of median cable barriers, and increased traffic levels contribute to many fatalities. 

Coming in at number 11 is a notorious stretch of Arizona roadway that made the list before; I-10 between Phoenix and the California border. According to Popular Mechanics, “the 150-mile stretch from Phoenix to the California border is particularly dangerous, with this section through lightly populated desert seeing up to 85 deaths in a single year. The entire state death toll in Arizona is only about 700 for all roads in an average year.” 

I-17, which runs 145 miles from Phoenix to Flagstaff, also showed up on the notorious highways list. It’s well known for extensive and lengthy delays during peak travel times (and when crashes occur); I-17 was the 13th deadliest roadway in the U.S. The governor has announced plans to widen and improve I-17 by 2023, with construction scheduled to begin in 2021. Let’s hope the improvements make the road safer. 

Arizona’s population has exploded in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. If we are to keep our highways safe for the public, it’s time to invest in improvements and proven safety measures.

If you’ve been involved in a highway crash in Arizona, contact the Leader Law Firm to schedule a free case consultation.