Top 5 riskiest roads for truckers — ranked

A trucking technology provider recently released a list of areas of risk for trucking fleets that includes the riskiest roads, states, and even times of day for truck drivers.

The Lytx “State of the Data” report for 2020 was released on January 14, 2021.

The company used “insights … derived from Lytx’s proprietary database of trucking driving data from 2019 and 2020, including more than 10 million risky truck driving events captured last year” to create the report.

You can view some key takeaways from the report below.

Top 5 Riskiest Roads for Truck Drivers:

  1. Allentown, Pa.: Interstate 78, East of W. Emaus Avenue 
  2. Lambsburg, Va.: Interstate 77, near Old Pipers Gap Road 
  3. Albuquerque, N.M.: Interstate 40, near Coyote Springs Road SE 
  4. Durham, N.C.: Interstate 85, near University Station Road 
  5. Lebanon, N.J.: Interstate 78, near Cokesbury Road

Lytx says that most of these risky roadways are near interchanges, construction zones, or on/off ramps.

Top 5 Riskiest States for Truck Drivers:

  1. California
  2. Washington
  3. Texas
  4. Oregon
  5. Georgia

See below for additional findings from the Lytx report.

  • Riskiest city for truck drivers in 2020– Chicago
  • Second riskiest city for truck drivers in 2020 — Dallas
  • Day of the week with the most collisions in 2020 — Tuesday
  • Day of the week with the fewest collisions in 2020 — Sunday
  • Time of day with the most near collisions in 2020– 5 a.m. to noon

“We know sudden lane changes and shifts in driving speed surrounding interchanges can create a more volatile driving environment and more opportunity for dangerous incidents,” said Del Lisk, Lytx’s vice president of safety services. “We urge fleets and drivers to be aware of the increased risk in these areas and level-up their caution and defensive driving in these situations, whether you are passing through one of the segments featured here or any other highway interchange.”