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5 most dangerous roads in Washington State

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Car Accidents

Whether driving is a pleasure, a necessity or a little of both, certain dangers come with getting behind the wheel. There is more to avoiding an accident than being a safe driver. Many potential hazards on the road can lead to a collision.

In Washington, several roads have higher fatality rates than others. While these roads may be more dangerous than others, the causes of the accidents are common across the state and the country.

Here’s what you should know about the deadliest roads in Washington.

Top five dangerous roads

A recent study looked at stretches of road with high accident statistics. In addition to overall fatalities, the study also looked at deaths per mile. The 2019 list of deadliest roads included the following:

    • Aurora Avenue (SR-99). The stretch between N. Winona Avenue and N. 155th Street north of downtown Seattle had an average of 2.2 deadly crashes per mile.
      Dangerous Car Accidents North of Seattle Washington on Aurora Ave


    • Pacific Highway (SR-99). In 2019, there were 1.8 fatal accidents per mile between S. 252nd Street and 176th Street near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
      Dangerous Car Accidents in Seattle Washington on Highway 99


    • I-5. There were eight fatal accidents leading to an average of 1.6 fatal accidents per mile from S. 96 Street and Exit 133 going through Tacoma.
      Dangerous Car Accidents in Tacoma Washington on I-5


    • I-5. Another stretch of I-5 joins the list with 1.3 fatal accidents per mile from Exit 119 and 124 right by McChord Air Force Base just outside of southwest of Tacoma (Steilacoom-Dupont Road to Gravelly Lake Drive).
      Dangerous Car Accidents in Southwest Tacoma on I-5


    • Pacific Highway (SR-99). SR-99 going through Federal Way just northeast of Tacoma finds a third place on the list with six fatal accidents and 1.2 deadly crashes per mile.
      Dangerous Car Accidents in Federal Way Washington on the Pacific Highway


When traveling on these roads, it is essential to be aware of your surroundings to avoid some of the common factors that cause crashes.

Similarities among the accidents

Most of the accidents on these roads did not have unique causes. Like many accidents, the fatalities in these areas included factors such as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving

When you take the time to focus on the road, mind your speed and call for a sober ride, you can drastically increase your chances of getting home safely. Keeping your focus on driving has the additional benefit of helping you avoid a collision with those who may not have safe driving habits.