America’s deadliest interstate is in Georgia, study says

All westbound lanes of I-285 in Sandy Springs were shut down at Roswell Road early Jan. 22, 2015 due to a fatal pedestrian accident. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

All westbound lanes of I-285 in Sandy Springs were shut down at Roswell Road early Jan. 22, 2015 due to a fatal pedestrian accident. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

This story was originally published November 6, 2015.

There were 2,867 fatal accidents on major American interstates in 2013, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Association. That’s about 8 a day.

Vox compiled data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to rank the country’s deadliest interstates.

The results show that I-285 in Georgia had more fatal accidents per mile than any other interstate in 2013.

The interstate surrounding the city of Atlanta had a total of 26 fatal accidents resulting in 29 deaths that year.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, illustrated by Vox, show all 2,867 fatal accidents on major American interstates in 2013.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, illustrated by Vox, show all 2,867 fatal accidents on major American interstates in 2013.

Top 5 interstates for most fatal accidents per mile in 2013

  1. I-285 in Georgia
  2. I-710 in California
  3. I-240 in Oklahoma
  4. I-495 in Delaware
  5. I-240 in Tennessee

Read more information and find a complete list of deadliest interstates in the U.S. here.

Georgia is the seventh-worst state in the country for fatal car accidents in total (1,085 incidents in 2013). Texas ranked no. 1, with 3,044 deaths from car accidents in 2013.

I-285 has been the scene for several high-profile deaths this year.

In January, a 53-year-old woman was struck by multiple vehicles and killed while walking across I-285 westbound. Two weeks later, a 28-year-old man was fatally struck by a car after pulling over in the emergency lane and walking across the interstate.

UPDATE: After reviewing the study, the Georgia Department of Transportation released a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

While this study does not take into account important factors, such as the amount of motorists on these highways or the cause of these fatalities, the fact remains that one death on our roads is too many. GDOT continues to move forward with projects in this corridor that enhance safety and operational efficiencies including re-surfacing, re-striping, signage projects and interchange improvements. Additionally, the Georgia DOT has launch the Drive Alert Arrive Alive campaign to bring attention to what drivers can do to help make our roads safer by reducing distracted and impaired driving.

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