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Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads for Truck Drivers in U.S.

| November 16, 2017

Truck Drivers

With higher volumes of vehicles on the roads during the holiday season, one company has presented what it calls the top 10 most dangerous roads in the U.S. for truck drivers.

According to Zonar,  a  leader in smart fleet management technology, on average during the holiday season, there are approximately 36 percent more vehicles on the road. With higher traffic, changing weather conditions and decreased sunlight due to Daylight Savings ending, truck drivers and anyone planning to get on the road this winter are at even more risk of getting into an accident.

“Look around any room and you’ll find the majority of the things you see and use are there because of the approximately 3.5 million truck drivers on the road at any given time. With more people behind the wheel during the holidays, we want to make sure everyone knows which routes require a bit more caution driving through,” says Gary Schmidt, vice president, business solutions at Zonar.

 Knowing which stretches of road are the most dangerous for trucks (in terms of total accidents) can help operators and fleet managers potentially decrease their chances of getting into an accident and help keep other drivers safe – by adjusting their routes or schedules, varying driving times and loads, or increasing inspections and checkpoints. According to the US Department of Transportation, the top ten most dangerous roads for truck drivers based on total accident volume between 2013-2016 are:

Road State
I-10 Alabama
I-95 Florida
I-75 Idaho
I-40 Arkansas
US-1 Florida
I-20 Michigan
I-80 Colorado*
I-5 Colorado
I-70 Maryland
I-35 South Carolina

Additional findings include:

  • The increased volume of drivers on the road during the holidays are comprised of private passenger cars (23%), delivery fleets (10%) and people-carrier traffic such as rented buses and shuttles (3%).
  • More than half the trucks involved in accidents were found to have at least one vehicle defect; 30 percent of these were found to be directly caused by equipment failure including brake, tire, light and transmission failure as well as vehicle overload.
  • Adverse weather caused 14.7 percent of accidents, with rain as the most common cause (72.6 percent) as well as fog (12.5 percent) and snow (10.12 percent).

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