I-95 Is the Second Deadliest Highway in U.S.

I-95 Is the Second Deadliest Highway in U.S.EXPAND
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It’s highly likely that, at some point over the weekend, you will find yourself bitching about how much driving on 95 sucks.

Presumably, nobody will disagree with you. But if you want some hard data to illustrate your point, simply refer to this study from the Auto Insurance Center.

By analyzing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest statistics from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the study concludes that I-95 is the second most dangerous highway in America, with over 200 deaths a year.

Number one, if you’re wondering, is I-10. So, yes, the two most dangerous highways in America both pass through Florida.

I-95 Is the Second Deadliest Highway in U.S.

Surprisingly, though, Florida is not one of the most dangerous states to drive in. We averaged 12.5 traffic deaths per 100,000 people, putting us in 20th place, after Montana and Wyoming.

Some other fun points from the study to contemplate while you sit in traffic:

  • July 4 is by far the most dangerous day to drive, no matter where you are. On average, 118 people die each year. New Year’s Day is a close second, followed by Labor Day.
  • On average, the evening rush hour around 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. is the most dangerous time to be on the road. As far as days of the week go, however, Saturday, Friday, and Sunday are the worst — in that order — since that’s when people are most likely to drink and drive.
  • If there's a time to just avoid driving, period, it would be… right around now. Summer months have the most traffic fatalities, in part because there are simply more drunk people driving home from parties and barbecues.
  • Almost half of the people who died in car accidents in Florida during 2014 (the most recent year for which data is available) were not wearing seat belts.

It’s real out there, y’all. Stay safe.

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