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I-4 Is Most Dangerous Road In Nation, Study Says

Interstate 4 is the deadliest road in the U.S., according to a study produced by Teletrac Navman, a transportation technology company.

Between 2011 and 2015, federal data shows there were more than 165 deaths on the 132 mile interstate. The stretch of I-4 running through Orlando was the deadliest part of the interstate with 19 deaths.

Vehicle collisions, rollovers and pedestrians being struck on highway were the top causes of death. January was the deadliest month for travelers, according to the study.

The interstate beat out a number of other notoriously treacherous roads throughout the U.S., including Interstate 45 between Dallas and Galveston, Texas and Interstate 17 between Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona.

Rachel Trindade, Global Vice President of Marketing at Teletrac Navman, said Florida is not alone in having dangerous roads. 

"Impaired driving coupled with the fact that more people are on the roads today, especially large tractor trailers as the rise of e-commerce sparked an increased demand for shipped good, has led to an increase in motor vehicle fatalities," Trindade said.

Human error, Trindade said, remains the largest contributor to roadway accidents.

A recent study by the National Safety Council found that speed, alcohol and distracted driving are the top three causes of the recent rise in the number of people killed on highways across the U.S.

Other Florida roads on the list of most dangerous roads in America include Highway 192 and I-95 making it into the top five.

Florida's Highway 192 on the east coast near Melbourne and Interstate 95 near Jacksonville also made it onto list's top 5 most dangerous roads.

The study of America's deadliest roads was produced using data from the Fatal Accident Reporting System and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Roberto Roldan is a senior at the University of South Florida pursuing a degree in mass communications and a minor in international studies.
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