There are many dangerous roads in the United States, and unfortunately, Georgia has its share from among the worst.
If you drive around the state on a regular basis, here are four highways on which you should be particularly careful.
I-75 and I-95
These two interstates are popular corridors for travel between Florida and cities in northern states. Interstate 95 is one of the most dangerous highways in three states, including Georgia, for summer vacation travelers. In addition, the Georgia section of I-75 saw 111 traffic fatalities between 2015 and 2017, statistics that confirm its position as the deadliest highway in the state.
Interstate 20 runs east and west. It is a 201-mile ribbon of highway that runs between Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina and is a popular link with summer drivers. Between 2015 and 2017, there were 55 fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes on I-20.
During the 2015-2017 timeframe, there were 35 traffic deaths on Interstate 16, also known as State Route 404. Be especially careful if you use I-16 to drive between Macon and Savannah.
About the weather
Data from the Federal Highway Administration indicates that due to snow, sleet, slushy and icy pavement, 1,705 fatalities occurred annually on U.S. roadways between 2007 and 2016. In another study, ASecureLife, an online platform for home security system reviews, found that an average of 1,768 deaths occurred annually between 2015 and 2017 between May and September, indicating that summer driving in good weather is more dangerous than winter driving during less than perfect conditions.
A word of caution
Many Tifton residents drive to Atlanta for business or pleasure and roughly 2 million drivers a day use I-285, the interstate that surrounds the city. Records show that there were 20 traffic fatalities on this roadway in 2015 alone. Fatalities aside, remember that vehicle crashes are responsible for devastating injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, irreversible damage to the spine and resulting paralysis. Stay alert and drive carefully if you travel on any of Georgia’s most dangerous highways at any time of year.