With the onset of the summer driving season, and the corresponding increase in crashes, data analysis website DailyBeast.com has now ranked the top 100 most dangerous interstates in the United States. The analysis was based on data from the National Highway Safety Administration, covering the more than 50,000 fatal accidents occurring in the summers of 2004-2008.
Coming as little surprise to our top-rated Chicago truck accident attorneys, Illinois’s I-94 came in seventh on the list. This position was based upon the road’s 89 fatalities stemming from 85 fatal crashes, across just under 62 in-state miles. The highway thus had 1.38 fatal accidents per mile during the study period.
While our Chicago personal injury lawyers find this ranking distressing, there is good news as well. While many other states had multiple highways on the list, no other Illinois roadway ranked in the top 100 most dangerous highways. The only other Chicago-area road to make the list was Indiana’s I-65, a portion of which extends North to near the Chicago metropolitan area. Indiana’s I-65 came in at #76, with 141 fatal accidents resulting in 157 fatalities, spread over about 261 miles of in-state road, or .54 fatal accidents per mile.
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