Pennsylvania drivers have to pass driver’s education tests and maintain a decent safety record to keep their licenses after they acquire them. They also have to register their vehicles and pay for insurance in case they cause collisions.
Despite the efforts to reduce crash risks for the public, collisions still occur on a daily basis across the state. Some of those collisions will end up costing people their lives. While you can’t avoid motor vehicle travel for the rest of your life just to eliminate your crash risk, you can take steps to minimize your chances of getting hurt on the road.
Avoiding the most dangerous sections of road in the state is a good starting point for minimizing your personal risk. What are the most dangerous roads in Pennsylvania?
Philadelphia is a dangerous place to drive
The most dangerous road in the state is US-1 Roosevelt Blvd. between W. Wyoming Avenue and Hartel Avenue in Philadelphia. That section of road saw 22 deadly crashes between 2017 and 2019. Philadelphia is also the most dangerous county in the state when it comes to the number of fatal wrecks. I-95, SR-611, Aramingo Avenue, Alleghany Avenue and Delaware Expressway are also all on the list of the most dangerous roads in the state.
Outside of Philadelphia, there are only a few roads known for fatal crashes. US-13 in Bristol, specifically between Levittown Pkwy and Beaver Street saw eight deaths between 2017 and 2019. In Canonsburg, I-79 between Exit 41 and Exit 45 was the site of seven traffic deaths within two years. SR-132 in Bucks County and US-22 in Westmoreland County also reported multiple deaths in the two years reviewed.
How can you protect yourself?
Learning about crash statistics can give you an idea of the least-safe locations and the riskiest maneuvers, which can lead to better driving habits. You can also better protect yourself by reviewing your insurance and upgrading it if necessary so that you have protection from underinsured drivers and people with lapsed policies, as well as collision coverage in case your vehicle ends up totaled.
Drivers can also protect themselves in their passengers by asserting their rights and seeking compensation if they get hurt in a crash that is someone else’s fault. Learning more about car crashes in Pennsylvania can help you avoid a wreck or handle one better if you can’t avoid it.