Report reveals deadliest highways during summer travel

August 28, 2019

Tyson Fisher

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The nation’s highways will soon clear up a bit as summer wraps up and vacation travel slows down. Some segments may be safer. ASecureLife has determined the most dangerous highways for summer travel in each state.

ASecureLife, a Salt Lake City-based company that researches and reviews the security industry, took a look at the fatality stats of the highways across America. More specifically, it dived into traffic fatality reports from 2015 to 2017 for the months of May through September. Using the data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, ASecureLife found which highways in each state are the most dangerous during summer travel.

In terms of number of fatalities in that three-year period, Interstate 5 in California was the deadliest with 192 traffic deaths. The second deadliest highway is U.S. 1 in Florida at 160 fatalities. Texas is the home of the third deadliest highway, Interstate 10, at 154 deaths.

Not counting the District of Columbia, the three deadliest highways in a state with lowest number of fatalities is Arkansas’ Interstate 40/33 with six deaths, followed by Interstate 295 South in Rhode Island (seven) and Delaware’s State Route 1 Coastal Highway (eight).


Perhaps not coincidentally, California, Texas and Florida are the three most populated states. Conversely, Delaware is the seventh least populated state and Rhode Island the eighth least populated. ASecureLife’s stats did not break down fatalities per population or miles traveled on particular highways.

Ranking the top three deadliest highways in each state, Interstate 95 was listed in eight different states, the most among all interstates. Interstate 70 and Interstate 80 appeared on the list of six states.

ASecureLife also created the below interactive chart indicating what days and times experience the most traffic fatalities. Driving on the weekend from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. appears to be the most dangerous, likely the result of drunk drivers.

The report also notes that the time between Labor Day and Memorial Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days,” a reference to the period that experiences the most crashes involving teen drivers.

To see what highways in your home state ranks as the deadliest during the summer, click here

Tyson Fisher

Tyson Fisher joined Land Line Magazine in March 2014. An award-winning journalist and tireless researcher, his news reports, features and blogs bring depth to our editorial content, backed with solid detail. Tyson is a lifelong Kansas Citian.