Zaneta Wood, Ed.S. has over 15 years of experience in research and technical writing bringing a keen understanding of data analysis and information synthesis to reach a wide variety of audiences. She studied adult education and instructional technology at Appalachian State University as well as technical and professional communication at East Carolina University. Zaneta has prepared technical p...

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UPDATED: Sep 15, 2020

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“Life is a Highway” is even a hit with the kids thanks to the award-winning Cars movie, released in 2006. Consider the opening lyrics:

“Life’s like a road that you travel on,
When there’s one day here and the next day gone…”

A motor vehicle accident can end your life without warning in a matter of seconds.

Americans spend an average of 17,600 minutes driving each year, and every 12 minutes a person is killed in a car accident on our nation’s roads.

Car accidents happen everywhere, but some of the roads in our country are proving to be much more dangerous than others.

Click here to review our methodology.

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The 10 States with the Most Dangerous Highways

With 1.3 million people dying in traffic accidents each year and that death count on the rise, we have a serious safety concern on our hands.

That’s why our researchers compiled over 8,500 data points using the leading resources: NHSTA “crashstats,” FARS totals, the reports published by the U.S. DOT and FHWA, as well as the IIHS “Fatality Facts” to see what’s causing all these unnecessary deaths in our country.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia were ranked according to six complex, statistic-based factors explained in detail here.

Read on to find out which states have the most dangerous highways and what’s making them so treacherous.

#10 – Texas