MoneyGeek reported Louisiana had over 2,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents from 2018 to 2020. When trying to bring down that number, it helps to look at the roads that tend to be the most dangerous.
Understanding the risks associated with specific road segments can help drivers exercise extra caution and contribute to safer roadways. Here are the most dangerous highways in Louisiana.
One of the most perilous stretches is the segment between Exit 231A and 239B on I-10. This area of roadway had a staggering 13 fatal accidents from 2018 to 2020. The reasons behind this high risk could range from challenging road conditions to increased traffic congestion.
Blues Hwy between Hanks Dr and Delcourt Ave has a bad reputation. It averages 2.3 crashes per mile. Contributing factors include tricky turns and limited visibility.
I-12 W, from Exit 7 to Exit 4, stands out with 12 deaths due to accidents between 2018 and 2020. Possible contributors to this alarming statistic are high-speed traffic and complex interchanges.
The 4.9-mile stretch from Lobdell Ave to Rushmore Dr. on US-190 experienced two accidents per mile between 2018 and 2020. Factors including heavy traffic flow, intersections and road design complexities make this stretch dangerous.
The section between Briarwood Pl and Ascension Parish Rd on US-61 had nine fatal accidents from 2018 to 2020. The reasons for this included increased traffic volume and challenging terrain.
Despite its short length of 3.3 miles, the section of US-165 between Center St and S. Park Dr. saw a concerning 10 fatalities from accidents from 2018 to 2020. Contributing factors include the road’s layout, intersections and local driving conditions.
State Highways Have the Highest Number of Fatalities
While more accidents per mile occur on interstates, the total number of fatalities is highest on Louisiana state highways. This is because the total length of state highway road is higher. With more road time on state highways, it makes sense that they make up 33% of all fatal accidents in the state occur on state highways. Certain roads are fraught with hazards, demanding a closer look to understand the heightened risks they pose. Increased awareness and diligence can help to promote safer travel on Louisiana Highways