Driving along Louisiana’s winding roads provides a unique and scenic experience, but it comes with a high risk of a traffic accident.
According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the state had 987 traffic fatalities in 2021. When traveling in the state, three highways stand out as the most dangerous.
While Louisiana only hosts a few hundred miles of this 2,460-mile interstate, it serves as the main road for people traveling to Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans. The traffic counts alone increase the potential for incidents, but two particular sections have become notoriously dangerous. North of New Orleans from Exit 231A to 239B had 13 fatalities between 2018 and 2020, according to research by Money Geek. Devil’s Triangle, which takes westbound drivers into Baton Rouge and across the Mississippi River, also poses trouble for drivers. This location has various roads leading into the interstate with only one lane.
S-190 spreads across the state into Texas, making it a high-traffic road for truckers, commuters and vacationers. As it goes through numerous towns along the way, it means an increased chance of an accident happening. Along with traffic accidents, pedestrian accidents also happen.
As a port state, people and businesses rely on US-90 to transport needed goods. This road also has numerous access points. With so many vehicles entering, it creates a scenario that quickly leads to collisions from fast braking or improper merging.
Although avoiding an accident comes with no guarantees, knowing the risks may help people navigate the roads more safely.