Close to 85 percent of Americans drove to work each day before the Coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. For most commuters, the trip to and from work takes more than an hour in each direction, adding more stress to already stressful lives. It has been reported that the average American spends more than 54 hours sitting in traffic every single year they work. This leads to $1,000 in lost fuel and time.
Tucson is the only Arizona city on the list
Tucson, Arizona takes up the 50th and final spot on this list. In Tucson alone, there were 11.9 traffic deaths per 100,000 people in 2018. The state came in at only two deaths per 100,000 people more than Tucson at 13.9. The average commute time was 25.1 minutes and the hours lost because of traffic congestion in 2017 was 52.0 hours. The most dangerous road to drive in Tucson was I-10.
Major roadways traversing Arizona
Two major roadways that traverse the state of Arizona are I-10 and I-40, where hundreds of truck accidents occur every year. Both highways run from California, through Arizona, and into New Mexico. I-10 runs through both Tucson and Phoenix.
I-40 made the list in Memphis, and I-10 made the list in Texas and Louisiana, so be careful when you’re traveling across state lines.
How the list was built
The publication 24/7 Wall St. reviewed car accident data from the US Census Bureau, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute to compile a list of the 50 Worst Cities in which to drive in the United States.
24/7 Wall St. used the following methodology to construct the list of the worst cities in which to drive in the country:
- Measures of safety, cost, and the convenience of driving, normalized to be comparable with one another.
- Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for 2018 provided data for overall traffic fatalities and fatalities caused by drunk drivers per 100,000 people.
- The American Community Survey (ACS) provided data for mean commute time of more than 60 minutes and the percentage for the population that is still within the working-age for 2019.
- The Texas A&M 2019 Urban Mobility Report provided data for the hours that were lost by drivers due to sitting in congestion in 2017.
Arizona may have escaped making the list more than once, but the roads can still be dangerous. An experienced Phoenix car accident attorney from Plattner Verderame, P.C. can review your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call our office at 602-266-2002 or complete a contact form online to schedule a consultation. We operate offices in Phoenix and Tempe to better serve our clients.
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