Value Penguin used accident data between 2011 and 2015 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to rank the 50 most dangerous roads in America. While some people may disagree with the methodology used to determine which roads make the cut, it is interesting to look at the number of accidents on various roads throughout the nation. Unfortunately, New Orleans was named as one of the deadliest cities for traffic accidents on Value Penguin’s list.

Deaths on Interstate 10

Interstate 10 runs from California to Florida. Value Penguin placed Interstate 10 fourth on its list of deadliest roads in America with an average of 54.5 fatal accidents per 100 miles of road. New Orleans was named as the deadliest road along Interstate 10 with 89 fatal accidents from 2011 to 2015. Of the cities named in the top five, New Orleans had the most fatal traffic accidents during that period.

The other roads that made the top five list include:

  • State Route 99 in California was the deadliest road in America with 62.3 fatal crashes per 100 miles. Fresno was listed as the deadliest city with 34 fatalities.
  • The second deadliest road was Interstate 45 in Texas with an average of 56.5 fatal crashes per 100 miles. Houston was the deadliest city on this road with 51 fatal crashes.
  • Interstate 95 running from Florida to Maine took the third lot with 55.1 fatal crashes per 100 miles. Jacksonville was named as the deadliest city with 63 fatalities.
  • As discussed above, Interstate 10 from California to Florida was fourth with New Orleans as the deadliest city along this road.
  • Fifth place went to Interstate 75 from Florida to Michigan. This stretch of interstate had an average of 47.2 fatal crashes per 100 miles. Detroit was named as the deadliest city with 38 fatal crashes.

Fatalities And Injuries In Traffic Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 32,675 people lost their lives in traffic accidents on our nation’s roads in 2014. While fatalities decreased from 2013, injuries from traffic accidents increased. During 2014, 2.34 million people were injured because of a motor vehicle accident.

Losing a loved one or being injured in a traffic accident is a traumatic life event that can have long-term consequences. Families who lose a loved one experience a financial hardship in addition to the grief and pain of losing a loved one. In many cases, the family relied on this person’s income to pay for the family’s needs. Without the income, the family faces a financial crisis.

For the person who is injured in a traffic accident, he or she can also face a financial crisis if the injury prevents the person from returning to work. In addition to expensive medical bills, the person is unable to return to work to earn an income. For some people, their injuries prevent them from ever returning to work.

While a monetary award will not undo the damage done by a negligent or reckless driver, it can help the victim and the family pay for medical and personal needs. Louisiana personal injury laws provide a legal way for accident victims to recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and other out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, victims can receive compensation for their non-economic damages, including permanent disability, scarring, physical pain, and emotional suffering.

Call a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney For More Information

The New Orleans car accident attorneys of The Olinde Firm offer free case evaluations and free legal consultations for accident victims and their families. Contact our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to learn more about your legal rights and your options regarding a traffic accident.