The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

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Summer is usually the perfect opportunity to go on a long drive with the windows down and the radio on.

With COVID-19 still surging in the United States many Americans are skipping summer vacations, especially those that require airline travel, and opting for road trips and outings closer to home. 

That doesn’t mean taking a road trip doesn’t come with its own set of risks — peak travel season almost always comes with an increase in auto-accidents, especially on busy major highways. 

Security research firm A Secure Life looked at three years of traffic data from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find the most dangerous highway in every state for summer travel.

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A closer look at stand-out hazardous highways

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Florida’s highway hazard numbers were a standout between the years conducted in the data collection. Ranking 21st in the largest area-based states, the summer months between 2015 and 2017 saw 440 traffic-related fatalities. 

The I-10, a highway in Florida, holds the record for the most summer deaths between those three years at 160, and the I-95 also running through Florida had the most deaths in eight states. 

Brooks Law Group found in a recent study that drugs and alcohol were responsible for 1,020 deaths in a recent year. In 2018 alone, there were 270 vehicle-related deaths on four major national highways that run through Florida: Interstate 75, Interstate 4, US 41 and US 47.

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The speed limit plays a role in fatality risks

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Texas holds the record for the highest national speed limits, with limits of up to 85 mph on some roads. In fact, 41 states have maximum speed limits of 70 mph or higher, with six of those having limits of 80 mph according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

With speed limits increasing annually for 30 years, IIHS found that speed limit increases of 5 mph have been associated with an 8% increase with interstate and highway-related deaths.

If you’re headed out on a road trip anytime soon, be sure to use extra caution on these highways.

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Alabama

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-65

Fatalities: 83

Second deadliest highway: I-59

Fatalities: 48

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Alaska

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: SR-1 Glenn Hwy.

Fatalities: 13

Second deadliest highway: SR-1 Seward Hwy.

Fatalities: 7

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Arizona

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-10

Fatalities: 100

Second deadliest highway: I-40

Fatalities: 51

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Arkansas

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-40-33

Fatalities: 6

Second deadliest highway: I-555-080

Fatalities: 6

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California

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-5

Fatalities: 192

Second deadliest highway: US-101

Fatalities: 139

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Colorado

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-25

Fatalities: 60

Second deadliest highway: I-70

Fatalities: 51

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Connecticut

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: US-6

Fatalities: 24

Second deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 22

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Delaware

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: SR-1 Coastal Hwy.

Fatalities: 8

Second deadliest highway: SR-24 Laurel Rd.

Fatalities: 5

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District of Columbia

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: Suitland Pkway. SE

Fatalities: 3

Second deadliest highway: Northbound Rock Creek Pkwy.

Fatalities: 2

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Florida

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: US-1

Fatalities: 160

Second deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 158

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Georgia

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-75

Fatalities: 111

Second deadliest highway: I-20

Fatalities: 55

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Hawaii

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: SR-93

Fatalities: 14

Second deadliest highway: SR-11

Fatalities: 11

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Idaho

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-84

Fatalities: 45

Second deadliest highway: US-95

Fatalities: 42

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Illinois

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-57

Fatalities: 39

Second deadliest highway: I-55

Fatalities: 37

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Indiana

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-70

Fatalities: 17

Second deadliest highway: I-65

Fatalities: 15

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Iowa

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-80

Fatalities: 26

Second deadliest highway: SR-2

Fatalities: 13

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Kansas

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-70

Fatalities: 35

Second deadliest highway: US-54

Fatalities: 24

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Kentucky

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: US-27

Fatalities: 45

Second deadliest highway: US-60

Fatalities: 41

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Louisiana

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-10

Fatalities: 70

Second deadliest highway: I-20

Fatalities: 33

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Maine

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 15

Second deadliest highway: US-201

Fatalities: 6

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Maryland

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 32

Second deadliest highway: US-1

Fatalities: 24

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Massachusetts

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-495 N

Fatalities: 18

Second deadliest highway: I-495 S

Fatalities: 15

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Michigan

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-94

Fatalities: 41

Second deadliest highway: I-75

Fatalities: 38

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Minnesota

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: US-169

Fatalities: 27

Second deadliest highway: I-94

Fatalities: 20

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Mississippi

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-55

Fatalities: 58

Second deadliest highway: US-49

Fatalities: 27

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Missouri

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-70

Fatalities: 60

Second deadliest highway: I-44

Fatalities: 42

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Montana

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-90

Fatalities: 24

Second deadliest highway: US-2

Fatalities: 21

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Nebraska

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-80

Fatalities: 42

Second deadliest highway: US-81

Fatalities: 16

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Nevada

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-15

Fatalities: 27

Second deadliest highway: I-80

Fatalities: 25

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New Hampshire

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-93

Fatalities: 19

Second deadliest highway: SR-101

Fatalities: 8

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New Jersey

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 27

Second deadliest highway: I-78

Fatalities: 18

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New Mexico

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-25

Fatalities: 50

Second deadliest highway: I-40

Fatalities: 50

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New York

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-90

Fatalities: 26

Second deadliest highway: I-81

Fatalities: 20

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North Carolina

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-40

Fatalities: 61

Second deadliest highway: I-85

Fatalities: 50

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North Dakota

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-94

Fatalities: 17

Second deadliest highway: US-2

Fatalities: 11

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Ohio

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-71

Fatalities: 39

Second deadliest highway: I-75

Fatalities: 31

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Oklahoma

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-44

Fatalities: 39

Second deadliest highway: I-40

Fatalities: 34

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Oregon

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-5

Fatalities: 21

Second deadliest highway: I-84

Fatalities: 20

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Pennsylvania

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-81 American Legion Memorial Hwy.

Fatalities: 28

Second deadliest highway: US-30 Lincoln Hwy.

Fatalities: 19

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Rhode Island

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-295 S 

Fatalities: 7

Second deadliest highway: I-95 S

Fatalities: 6

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South Carolina

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: US-17

Fatalities: 82

Second deadliest highway: I-26

Fatalities: 51

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South Dakota

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-90 W

Fatalities: 18

Second deadliest highway: I-90 E

Fatalities: 10

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Tennessee

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-40

Fatalities: 85

Second deadliest highway: I-24

Fatalities: 39

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Texas

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-10

Fatalities: 154

Second deadliest highway: I-20

Fatalities: 151

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Utah

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-15

Fatalities: 51

Second deadliest highway: US-89

Fatalities: 31

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Vermont

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: US-7

Fatalities: 9

Second deadliest highway: SR-9

Fatalities: 8

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Virginia

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: US-58

Fatalities: 45

Second deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 44

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Washington

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-5

Fatalities: 57

Second deadliest highway: I-90

Fatalities: 36

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West Virginia

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-64

Fatalities: 26

Second deadliest highway: I-79

Fatalities: 22

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Wisconsin

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: US-12

Fatalities: 20

Second deadliest highway: CR-A

Fatalities: 18

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Wyoming

The most dangerous highways for summer driving in the US

Deadliest highway: I-80

Fatalities: 39

Second deadliest highway: I-25

Fatalities: 16

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