Louisiana’s Most Dangerous Road Runs Through Lafayette
According to the Car Insurance Comparison website, Louisiana is ranked 5th for having the most dangerous roadways in America.
You may be asking yourself, so what's the most dangerous roadway in Louisiana? Well, shockingly the most dangerous road in our state runs right through Lafayette.
And if you guessed it to be I-10, you'd be wrong. Don't worry, we thought the same.
To determine the order by which each state ranks for the safety of its roadways, the Car Insurance Comparison website gathered information from various sources.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's website offers information on crash statistics; the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety website lists fatality facts; and the Federal Highway Administration, which operates under the US Department of Transportation, lists statistics.
All of the above assisted the CIC in reaching its conclusions in the study on the most dangerous roads in each state.
The categories that the CIC used to classify each state included:
- The number of fatalities in which speed was a factor
- The percentage of seat belt users in the state
- The number of bridges that were ranked as below-par
- The number of fatal crashes on each state's highways
- The amount of funding each state dedicates toward its highways
- The per capita death rates related to highway crashes
Each year, between 2012 and 2019, at least 700 people have died on Louisiana's highways. That's more than 5,800 deaths as a result of traffic crashes.
These statistics, combined with other information, put Louisiana as having the 5th most dangerous highways in the entire country, according to CIC.
Now, which highway within Louisiana is the most dangerous?
Like you, we too thought that it would have to be I-10. After all, we are reporting on accidents on I-10 just about every day of the week.
Well, the most dangerous highway in Louisiana just so happens to run through many cities like Jennings, Crowley, Scott, Lafayette, Broussard, New Iberia, Franklin, and Morgan City.
Now you know where we're going.
FlexFleet Rental's website lists Highway 90 as Louisiana's Most Dangerous Highway in Louisiana. Sadly there's an average of 29.5 fatalities each year on the highway.
So what do you think makes Highway 90 so dangerous? Sure, it could be the terrible road conditions, or could it be that the lanes are so narrow?
Something else to consider is how bad we drive in Louisiana. According to more statistics, Louisiana has the 5th worst drivers in the country. Yes, we have work to do.
Again, if you do travel Hwy 90 we encourage you to do so safely and to always wear your seatbelt. Something else you can do to protect yourself and others is to stay off of the phone while driving.
We've seen enough stories on social media highlighting accidents on Hwy 90 and now we all have a small part to make it safer.
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