Friday, April 14, 2017

Florida's U.S. Highway 1 is the most dangerous road in America, says study

Posted By on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 2:17 PM

  • Photo via Daniel Tobias on Flickr.
Taking the I-4 at rush hour may feel like a scene from Mad Max, but it's not even the worst road in the state.

According to a recent report from vehicular data management company Geotab, the Florida section of U.S. Highway 1 is the most dangerous road in the country.

Geotab calculated a "Fatal Crash Rate" by looking at the number of crashes and road fatalities from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To get accurate rankings, it adjusted the number of fatalities according to daily traffic flow using averages from the Federal Highway Administration.

U.S. 1 runs through Central Florida along the east coast, stretching 545 miles through 13 counties.

Geotab gave U.S. 1 a fatal crash rate of 2.8, which is the highest of any roads in the country.Over the last ten years, U.S. 1 had 1,011 crashes, resulting in 1,079 fatalities.

In 2016, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 395,396 traffic crashes in the state, resulting in 3,145 total traffic fatalities.

The safest road to drive on in the country, according to Geotab, is Rhode Island's section of the I-95, which experienced 40 traffic fatalities in the last 10 years.

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