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.

Embed this app
Click the image to open the full interactive version (via Geotab).

Tags: , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

February 24, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation