|Posted on September 19, 2018 in Car Accident |
Our law firm has handled thousands of motor vehicle accident cases. Even though it is a big part of what we do, we still never like to hear about innocent people who were injured as a result of a car accident. For this reason, we wanted to create a study to try and increase awareness of dangerous roads and to see if we could help reduce the number of accidents in Kansas and Missouri. Even if it saves a single life, conducting this study would be worth it. With the help of the data analysis and content marketing agency 1point21 Interactive, we analyzed thousands of crashes over two years of vehicle crash data from the NHTSA from 2015 and 2016.
If you drive anywhere in these two states, it’s important to know where the most dangerous stretches of roads are. Road design and traffic flow play a big part in how dangerous a section of road is. Over 1,000 drivers are killed in motor vehicle crashes each year so knowing where the road is dangerous can help reduce that likelihood that you are involved in a crash. We analyzed two years of crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and created a map to visualize and pinpoint the most dangerous roads in these two states. In total, we found 40 segments of state and federal highways where the fatal crash rate was high.
Below is the interactive map. You can zoom in on the map to see a closer view of the road segments and if you hover over the yellow numbers, you will get additional information. The number in the yellow bubbles indicate the number of fatal crashes for that section of road.
|1||1||US Hwy 24||Missouri||Jackson||0.16||3||3||19.09|
|2||2||Page Ave||Missouri||St. Louis||0.54||3||3||5.59|
|4||4||US Hwy 24||Kansas||Jefferson||0.85||3||6||3.53|
|5||5||State Hwy 265||Missouri||Taney||1.21||3||3||2.49|
|6||6||State Hwy Yy||Missouri||Jasper||1.26||3||3||2.37|
|7||7||State Hwy 110||Missouri||Jefferson||1.70||4||5||2.35|
|8||8||State Hwy 66||Missouri||Jasper||1.28||3||3||2.34|
|9||9||I- 70||Missouri||St. Louis||3.81||8||9||2.10|
|10||10||State Hwy 141||Missouri||St. Louis||1.89||3||3||1.59|
Note: Stretches are ranked by fatal crash rate per mile. Due to a data anomaly, the Page Avenue stretch appears as ‘State Rd’ on our map.
Missouri had 85% of all the dangerous roads we identified in our study, with of 34 of 40 segments in our analysis. The two counties with the highest concentration of dangerous roads are St. Louis and Jackson, where St. Louis and Kansas City are located so that is as expected considering the population of those cities.
Note: Though we recognize that the city of St. Louis is an independent city, for the sake of this study we have listed both highway stretches found in the city with St. Louis County to consider the St. Louis metropolitan area as a singular region.
Home to Kansas City, Jackson County accounted for 22 collisions and 23 fatalities across 5 segments. Of these, a segment of US Highway 24 is the deadliest length of highway in our analysis.
Although it accounted for only 3 crashes and 3 fatalities, it did so in a stretch that spanned just 0.16 miles for a total density of 19.1 fatal crashes per mile. Regardless of quantity, multiple fatal crashes in less than a quarter of a mile of highway merits immediate investigation.
Other notable sections in this region include: