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U.S. 1 Ranked Most Deadly Road in America

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on April 24, 2017

The popular fleet management solution group Geotab has released a disturbing study that ranks the country’s most dangerous roadways based on the number of accidents (both fatal and not) that have occurred on them over the past ten years. According to this group’s findings, the study was broken down into three different categories: fatal crash rate, specific number of crashes, and the total fatalities. In all three of these categories, Florida ranked number one in the country. Even more unpleasant, it was a specific highway in Florida that ranked number one in the study: U.S. 1.

Geotab’s final report says that over the course of the past ten years U.S. 1, which cuts through 13 counties and stretches from the tip of Florida (Key West) to the border of Georgia (Hillard), has seen more accidents and fatalities than any other single road in the country. The final data indicates that during the past decade U.S. 1 has been the location of 1,011 fatal accidents directly leading to the deaths of 1,079 people.

U.S. 1 is a popular road in Florida. Known along much of its route as Dixie Highway, its name changes to Ponce de Leon Boulevard in St. Augustine and Philips Highway in Duval County. It also goes by the name of Kings Avenue, Main Street, Ocean Street, Martin Luther King Expressway, and New Kings Road. No matter what the name it goes by, the road is still U.S. 1, and it is still the most dangerous roadway for drivers and pedestrians in the entire country.

Again, the total number of fatal accidents and deaths that are believed to have occurred along U.S. 1 over this ten year stretch of time is 1,011 and 1,079 respectively. This distinction places it above Tennessee’s Interstate 40, which is ranked at number two on the most dangerous highways in America list. I 40’s fatal accident number for the past decade lies at 437, and its number of fatalities is 517. This means that the number of fatal accidents on U.S. 1 over the course of ten years was more than double that of the next highest state, while the number of fatalities was almost double.

Those who anticipate driving along U.S. 1 in the future would do well to keep these findings in mind the next time they climb into their vehicles.

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