LOS ANGELES - It’s no surprise California has some of the worst traffic in the nation, but according to a recent study, California also has the most dangerous freeways in America.
A new insurance study found that three of the deadliest highways in the US are in California.
The three highways are Interstate 5, the 15 and the 80. Interstate 5 was ranked as the 3rd deadliest highway. According to data from The Zebra, in 2019 there were 186 fatalities along the I-5.
The 5 runs through several major California counties including Sacramento, Los Angeles and the most deadly area, San Diego County. According to The Zebra, it’s a popular route for 18-wheelers to drive on, making it more dangerous for drivers.
Below is a ranking of the 10 deadliest highways in the US, according to data from The Zebra.
Data also shows that even though people drove less in 2020, due to the pandemic, there was an estimated 7.2% increase in the number of vehicle-related fatalities compared to 2019.
According to the study, to determine the most dangerous roads in the U.S they focused on highways with the most fatal accidents in 2019. They say 2019 data was used because the NHTSA hasn't released its full data for 2020 and 2021.
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