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Most Dangerous Roads for Truck Drivers in Pennsylvania

Posted on March 14, 2023

Here are some of the most dangerous roads for truck drivers in Pennsylvania based on past incidents and reports. 

Interstate 95/Interstate 76

Interstate 95 is one of the busiest highways in Pennsylvania and has an interchange with Interstate 76, with a high rate of accidents involving large commercial vehicles. At certain times, traffic is hardly moving or stopped, but when motorists can drive faster, accidents are often caused by construction zones that can result in a sudden narrowing of the roadway or poorly defined lanes. This often leads to abrupt braking or swerving, making it challenging for a truck to stop in time to avoid a collision. According to the latest data from the National Highway of Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 284 fatalities on this highway in 2019, making it the most dangerous road in the United States.

Interstate 80

Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania is a major highway that spans across the entire state, from the Ohio border to the New Jersey border. While it is an important transportation route for truckers, there are several dangers associated with driving on this highway. For example, its high traffic volume increases the risk of an accident, and it is one of the state’s most neglected highways with potholes and crumbling roadways. There are also steep inclines and sharp turns that can make it difficult for a truck driver to maintain speed and control of the vehicle, particularly in bad weather. 

Interstate 83

Interstate 83, also known as Susquehanna Expressway, runs north-south through the central part of Pennsylvania, connecting Harrisburg to the Maryland border. Sections of I-83 have narrow lanes, which can make it difficult for trucks to maneuver, especially when passing through construction zones or merging with other traffic. I-83 also passes through some mountainous terrain with steep hills and sharp curves, causing trucks carrying heavy loads to sometimes lose control. 

Route 15

This road is a major highway that runs north-south through the central part of the state. One of the biggest dangers besides traffic congestion is the narrow lanes. Some sections of this highway have limited shoulder space and smaller lanes, making it difficult for drivers to maneuver their trucks and avoid obstacles or other vehicles. Route 15 also passes through rural areas where wildlife, such as deer, can be common. This can pose a hazard to truck drivers, particularly at night when visibility is limited.

Route 30

This major east-west highway in the southern part of Pennsylvania sees a lot of truck traffic, especially near the Pittsburgh area. Besides the high traffic volume, construction zones are another danger since these areas can be congested and confusing, resulting in drivers having to navigate narrow lanes or sudden changes in traffic patterns. Route 30 also passes through many towns and cities, which means there are many intersections where truck drivers must be alert and cautious. These intersections can be busy, and truck accidents can occur if drivers are not paying attention.

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