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Truck Driving Dangers: America's Deadliest Roads for Truckers

October 20, 2020

USA - There are some roads in the United States that are particularly deadly for truck drivers. Driving a truck can be a dangerous job and a demanding one. Transporting cargo for long periods of time can lead to fatigue, a condition that can be deadly when driving a semi. 

Bad weather and heavy traffic can also lead to additional risks. Of course, not all roads are created equal when it comes to truck crashes. Some roads are far more hazardous and lead to more risks for truckers and others on the road. 

One of the worst roads for truck drivers is US Highway 2, which runs through Montana. US Highway 2, which runs through multiple states, is particularly deadly in Montana, where the extreme winter weather contributes to roadway hazards. The response time for emergency responders is about 80 minutes to rush to an accident scene, which clearly does not help the situation. The area is also sparsely populated, which means that there is a greater risk of speeding motorists. 

Second, on the list is US Highway 550 in Colorado. The road runs a harrowing path through the mountains in places where weather is unpredictable. Steep drop-offs, no shoulders, and the lack of guardrails create perils for those driving large trucks on this 25-miles stretch of road. 

Interstate 95, which runs from Connecticut through Florida, has a dangerous reputation as well, as does Interstate 10, which runs through deserts from Arizona through California. 

Dalton Highway in Alaska takes the number five spot for worst roads for truck drivers. The mountainous terrain, high winds, and lack of prompt medical responses mean that truckers driving this route must use an abundance of caution. With temperatures dropping to negative 80, a wreck on this highway can be deadly. Helicopters fly through the area to look for crash scenes and broken-down vehicles. 

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Category: Truck Accidents

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