A new study has found that I-45 between Dallas and Galveston is one of the most dangerous roads in the United States. Teletrac Navman, fleet tracking company, examined data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine the 25 most dangerous highways in the nation based on how long they are and how many deaths they had during a 3-year span.
In addition to having the second deadliest stretch of highway in the nation, Texas accounted for 7 of the 25 most dangerous roads in the nation—the most out of any other states. Florida was just behind the Lone Star State with 4 of the nation’s deadliest stretches of highway.
What the Study Revealed About Texas Highway Fatalities
The company examined fatality statistics between 2016 and 2019 and then divided them by the length of each highway. While Florida’s stretch of I-4 between Tampa and Daytona Beach was labeled the most dangerous highway with 1.134 deaths per mile, I-45 followed closely behind with 0.913 deaths per mile of road.
Researchers discovered the following about I-45:
- The Houston area contains the deadliest stretch of I-45
- The most dangerous time to be on the highway is between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
- October had the most fatalities
- Most deadly accidents happened on the highway on Saturdays
Notably, with 260 deaths from 2016 to 2019, I-45 had more fatalities than the I-4 in Florida. The Texan interstate ranked lower than the Floridian one only because it’s about 153 miles longer, reducing the number of deaths per mile.
Other Texas highways (and their deadliest city) on Teletrac Navman’s list:
- I-30 in Dallas (0.646 deaths per mile)
- I-10 in Houston and El Paso (0.597 deaths per mile)
- I-20 in Dallas (0.549 deaths per mile)
- I-35W in Fort Worth (0.528 deaths per mile)
- I-35E in Dallas (0.496 deaths per mile)
- US 175 in Dallas (0.446 deaths per mile)
As seen above, Dallas is the location for many of the most dangerous highways in the United States. While this information might not bode well for drivers, the study did find that many Texas roads are seeing a decline in fatalities. Highways such as I-10 (an infamously dangerous road) and US 175 have had reductions in serious accidents—they’ve dropped 6 and 17 spots down the list, respectively.
Teletrac Navman also notes that several Texas highways exited the list with this report. Highways such as I-37, US 290, and US 59 have had enough of a reduction in fatal accidents to no longer be on the list.
I-45 Is a Well-Known Danger to Motorists
Last year, Popular Mechanics labeled I-45 as the most dangerous in the nation. The publication did so by determining how many fatalities a stretch of road had per 100 miles. It found that I-45 had 56.5 deaths for every 100 miles of roadway. It cited drivers who disobey safety laws as the reason for I-45's fatality rates. Texting, drunk driving, and excessive speeding cause many deaths on this highway, especially in the Houston area.
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