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Accidents: Four Roads In NW Florida Are Among The Most Dangerous

The Pensacola News Journal and WEAR – Channel3 reports that four of the top 50 deadliest roads in the country pass through Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, according to an analysis of National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration data performed by consumer research firm ValuePenguin. The firm pulled NTHSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System data from 2011 to 2015 and found Interstate 10, U.S. 98, U.S. 90 and U.S. 29 all to be among the most dangerous roads in the country based on the occurrence of fatal accidents per 100 miles. The analysis looked at road length as a replacement for ridership since many of the roads extend across several states. Interstate 10, which stretches through Northwest Florida from Jacksonville to California, was ranked as the fourth most dangerous road, with 54½ deaths per 100 miles. The interstate was also ranked as the second darkest road, based upon 472 deaths which occurred in dark areas, as well as the fourth most likely road for accidents involving a drunk driver with 310 deaths. U.S. 90 was ranked as the 29th most dangerous road based upon 342 fatal accidents or 20.9 fatal accidents per 100 miles, U.S. 98 followed up at 31st with 188 accidents or 20 fatal accidents per 100 miles. U.S. 29.

U.S. 98 proved to be the deadliest road locally between 2011 and 2015 with 11 fatal crashes in the two-county area which was pulled from publicly available data from the FHP. Four fatal crashes occurred locally on both I-10 and U.S. 29 in the same time frame, while three occurred on U.S. 90. The two other major interstates in Florida, I-95 and I-75, were ranked as the third and fifth most dangerous roads in the nation with 55.1 and 47.2 deaths per 100 miles, respectively. ValuePenguin analyst Craig Casazza, who performed the crash data research, also researched national car insurance rates, which vary widely but are generally above the national average. Casazza found the crash figures may help explain why insurance rates are higher here in Florida.

Most Dangerous Roads:

1. State Road-99 California (62.3)

2. I-45 (56.5)

3. I-95 (55.1)

4. I-10 (54.5)

5. I-75 (47.2)

6. I-85 (47.1)

7. I-5 (43.9)

8. I-20 (43)

9. U.S.-17 (38.8)

10. I-35 (37.2)

29. US-90 (20.9)

31. US-98 (20)

35. US-29 (14.5)

Have you been injured in a car accident while driving on I-10, US-90, US-29 or US-98? If so, you can get experienced help at Brannon & Brannon. Contact us for a free consultation at (850)659-2252 or at




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