Pennsylvania, with its picturesque landscapes and bustling urban centers, boasts a vast network of highways and interstates that facilitate transportation across the state. However, not all roads are equal when it comes to safety.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 10,369 interstate accidents with 95 fatalities in 2022. In the Keystone State, several highways stand out for their reputation as some of the most dangerous.
Stretching from the New Jersey border to the Pennsylvania-Ohio state line, I-78 traverses densely populated urban areas to rural landscapes. Its notorious nickname, the “Killing Fields,” is a grim testament to its high accident rate. Factors contributing to its danger include heavy truck traffic, winding stretches and adverse weather conditions, especially in the winter.
Running through central Pennsylvania, I-83 connects Baltimore, Maryland, to Harrisburg. Despite its relatively short length, this highway has a troubling history of accidents. These often occur due to heavy traffic congestion, rapid lane changes and challenging merges, particularly in the York and Harrisburg areas.
As one of the country’s longest interstates, I-80 stretches across the northern part of Pennsylvania, covering approximately 311 miles. It is notorious for its high-speed collisions, particularly in areas like the Pocono Mountains and around Scranton. Harsh winters can make travel treacherous, with icy conditions and snowfall contributing to serious accidents.
Running through the eastern part of the state, I-81 is a major north-south route that sees a significant volume of truck traffic. Its mix of high-speed travel, tight curves and congested stretches can make it a risky route. Accidents are more frequent near cities like Harrisburg and Scranton, where traffic can slow suddenly.
Although it only briefly passes through the southeastern tip of Pennsylvania, I-95 has a reputation for danger. The portion known as the “Last Mile” poses a significant risk due to heavy traffic, complex interchanges and a high frequency of accidents.
While these highways have their share of hazards, it is important to remember that safety ultimately depends on drivers’ behaviors. To reduce the risk of accidents on these dangerous roads, motorists should exercise caution, obey speed limits, avoid distractions and adjust their driving to suit weather conditions.