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Report: I-10 is the fourth deadliest U.S. highway

Any Southern California resident who is planning a road trip through the Southwest or all the way to the Gulf Coast will invariably hop on Interstate 10, which starts with the Santa Monica Freeway and morphs into the San Bernardino Freeway, running all the way through Phoenix, San Antonio, Houston, and New Orleans before ending in Jacksonville.

These prospective travelers might want to consult a map for an alternate route, however, thanks to the recent release of a report by ValuePenguin, a financial website for consumers, ranking the deadliest highways here in the U.S. 

The study, which used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, based its ratings on the number of deadly motor vehicle accidents per 100 miles of road from 2011 to 2015.

The U.S. highways earning the top spots included:

  1. State Route 99 near Fresno (62.3 fatal crashes per 100 miles)
  2. I-45 in Texas (56.5 fatal crashes per 100 miles)
  3. I-95 along the eastern seaboard, (55.1 fatal crashes per 100 miles)
  4. I-10 along the southern U.S. (54.5 fatal crashes per 100 miles)

Breaking the numbers down further, the researchers determined that the stretch of I-10 running through Texas was the most deadly, followed by the portions running through Arizona, Louisiana and California, respectively.

As for the causes of the 1,342 total deaths on I-10 from 2011 to 2015, the researchers found that drunk driving played a role in 25 percent of all fatal accidents. Somewhat surprisingly, they also found that poor lighting played a role in 35 percent of all fatal accidents.

Traffic safety experts here in the Golden State were not altogether surprised by the findings given the sheer number of people who use the I-10, and the fact that it is overdue for much-needed updates to address longstanding design deficiencies.  

If you've been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car crash caused by the reckless actions of another motorist, consider speaking with a skilled legal professional to learn more about your options for seeking justice.

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