Planning a road trip to Vegas? The journey may be more dangerous than you think. U.S. 93 in Arizona ranks #1 as the most dangerous highway in America, according to insurance website, Value Penguin.
According to the site:
“The U.S. is home to a network of roadways that measure more than 4 million total miles. Despite technological improvements in automobile quality and standards, there are still more than 34,000 fatal car crashes across the country every year. Of these crashes, 57% occur on U.S. highways, and nearly 50 people die per day as a result. Naturally, each road has its respective track record when it comes to safety, and some roads are more dangerous than others. We analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (NHTSA-FARS) and used this information to rank the 50 most dangerous roads in the country”.
Here is their ranking for U.S. Route 93, which runs from Wickenburg up to Las Vegas:
1. US Route 93 in Arizona
We ranked US-93 in Arizona as the most dangerous highway in the U.S. This 200-mile-long road runs between Wickenburg, Arizona, and the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, also known as the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, near Nevada’s border. Many drivers use this route when driving between Las Vegas and Phoenix. Most of the fatal crashes occur along the segment in Mohave County, Arizona. Between 2010 and 2016, there were 70 deadly crashes on the highway with 90 fatalities, according to data. (Source: ValuePenguin.com)
What does the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) have to say about our deadly highways?
According to ABC 15; “ADOT says the investment doesn’t make a road safe or unsafe. In a statement, the department says it’s driver behavior that accounts for 94 percent of all crashes.”.
As an injury law firm that focuses on cases involving crashes on Arizona highways, we find this percentage to be unreasonably high. Road and safety conditions, or the lack of, can play a considerable role in crashes. Specific areas can be identified as “hotspots” due to the road condition, not because of bad driver behavior. When crash hotspots are identified, transportation officials need to take specific, immediate action to create safer conditions.
ADOT is currently widening a four-mile stretch of I-10 that’s been known to be dangerous for years. This stretch is unsafe in part because it’s overcrowded, it’s only two lanes, and it lacks cable median barriers. The crash history of this area and other similar areas of I-10 cannot be solely blamed on driver behavior.
We will continue to hold ADOT accountable for road conditions in Arizona. We are disappointed to see U.S. 93 as the most dangerous highway in America.