When you leave out on the road for a trucking job, there is always one thought in the back of your mind, “Come home safely.” After all, a trucking accident is both dangerous for you and others involved, as well as for your career. Truck drivers who are in trucking accidents, particularly fatality crashes, can find it hard to get hired or to have affordable trucking insurance. If you are a regular hauler through the East Coast states, or you are taking up this route on a one-off, then there is one more way to drive safer on your route. Take a look at the top six most dangerous highways on the East Coast. See if you are going to be traveling along any of these passageways, and if so, be on high alert of those drivers around you.
US-1 in Florida
The highway stretching north to south along the east coast of Florida was rated the most dangerous highway in the entire nation. That’s right, the most dangerous of them all. This section of roadway had the greatest number of fatalities of any state highway in the last decade. An unfortunately high number of fatal crashes, 1,011 to be exact, left 1,079 people dead in the last 10 years on US-1. That’s absolutely devastating and plenty of reason to steer clear of this Florida coast highway if at all possible. If you must take US-1 be sure you aren’t suffering from driver fatigue and prepare to pull over and rest if needed. It could very well save your life.
I-95 in the Carolinas
Interstate 95 goes along the Atlantic coast. This deadly part of the interstate travels from Hardeeville at the South Carolina-Georgia line up to Rowland, NC on the north end. As a trucker, you have probably stopped at the South of the Border truck stop here in Rowland. In fact, this is a popular route for truckers, which makes it all the more dangerous. In the South Carolina stretch, there were 301 fatalities, with more than 24 deaths every year. The North Carolina portion had 240 deaths along this part of the highway in the last decade.
I-495 in Massachusetts
Ninety-five people died in 87 car accidents along Interstate 495 in Massachusetts in the past decade. While not the most dangerous highway of all deadly highways, I-495 still holds its own among security hazards. The road goes around the Greater Boston area where drivers encounter the heavy traffic of Beantown. As a truck driver in New England, you want to be extra cautious and study your route very carefully before taking off on I-495, so you can avoid last minute, and potentially dangerous, driving decisions.
I-80 in Delaware
Quite the deadly highway, I-80 running north to south in Delaware deals out a mean streak. In the last decade, there were 106 fatal car crashes resulting in 112 fatalities. Between the harsh winter weather that beats down on this coastal state, to the heavy beach traffic in the summer months, I-80 is best avoided at all costs at all times of year.
US-130 in New Jersey
New Jersey Turnpike, the George Washington Bridge, the Delaware River Turnpike…all of these thoroughfares are tame in comparison to US-130. There were 112 people who died on this highway in the past 10 years in car crashes. However, the biggest issue for this highway is for those people who are on two feet. If you are a pedestrian traversing US-130 be on high alert. It is the most dangerous highway for pedestrian travelers in the New England region.
I-95 in Connecticut
Here we are again with I-95 on this list. This highway stretches up the Eastern Coast, so it’s little wonder we would see it as another part of the most dangerous highways in this part of the country. This time, we are in Connecticut where more than 15 people die every year along this part of the highway. In total, more than 164 fatalities have taken place on I-95 in Connecticut.
The biggest problem is that this segment of this interstate has the most exits in a short amount of time than any other interstate. In fact, many exits are less than a mile apart. This makes for tedious driving as a truck driver. It also makes the highway a dangerous place to be when pulling a heavy load.
Tips for Trucking on the East Coast
While the East Coast isn’t as big of a coastal region as the West Coast, thanks to the chilly temps and rocky coasts of the New England region, it’s still a hot spot for tourists. Think about it, you’ve got Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Savannah, and all of the beaches in Florida. Then up north, you have access to the shores of New Jersey and New England’s Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.
This equates to a very busy highway and interstate system starting with Spring Break and ending with Labor Day. As a truck driver trying to do your trucking job, plan accordingly if you are hauling during the heat of summer in the East Coast states.
Then you have the harsh winter season of the northeastern states. Trying to haul goods along the East Coast in the winter months as you travel northward is a bugger. You have sudden blizzards, as well as ice storms as far south as Savannah, Georgia. On top of all of that, you are faced with one of the busiest regions for drivers in the nation. If you are taking trucking jobs along the East Coast, you have plenty to plan for to stay safe as a trucker.