Oklahoma Fatal Accident Study:

Oklahoma’s Deadliest Roads and Fatal Accident Statistics

MoneyGeek analyzed the 1,786 fatal accidents that occurred in Oklahoma from 2018 to 2020 to determine the deadliest roads in the state and explored the various factors contributing to accidents.

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Last Updated: 7/14/2022
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Between 2018 and 2020, there were 1,786 reported incidents of fatal accidents in Oklahoma. MoneyGeek analyzed these deadly accidents occurring on 696 roads in the state’s 238,754 miles of road to find the deadliest roads in Oklahoma. Additionally, we explored factors that contributed to these crashes, including driving behaviors — like drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving — and environmental factors — like time of the year and seasonal changes. Our analysis also found rates of fatal accidents in every county in Oklahoma and identified the deadliest roads in each.

Key Findings

  • US-62 from N. Highland Dr. to N. Midwest Blvd. is Oklahoma’s deadliest stretch of road. Between 2018–2020, 15 fatal accidents occurred here.
  • The most significant contributing factors to fatal accidents in Oklahoma are drunk driving and speeding. Drunk driving was connected to 26.2% of deadly crashes, while 22.3% involved speeding.
  • Distracted driving was a factor in just 8.6% of deadly accidents. However, MoneyGeek’s distracted driving study ranked Oklahoma as the twelfth-worst state for distracted driving deaths in the U.S.
  • July had the highest number of crashes of any month between 2018–2020. During that period, 189 fatal accidents occurred. June and October were the next-most deadly months, each having 177 recorded incidents.
  • Oklahoma County had the most fatal accidents of any county in the state. The majority of these accidents happened on I-40.

10 Deadliest Road Stretches in Oklahoma


  • DEADLIEST ROAD IN OKLAHOMA
    NE 23rd St. (US-62) from N. Highland Dr. to N. Midwest Blvd.
    Oklahoma City | Midwest City
    NE 23rd St. (US-62) from N. Highland Dr. to N. Midwest Blvd.
    • Fatal Accidents:15
    • fatalities:17
    • Crashes Per Mile:3.2
    • distance:4.7 miles
  • Crosstown Expressway (I-40) from S. MacArthur Blvd. to Exit 148C
    Oklahoma City
    Crosstown Expressway (I-40) from S. MacArthur Blvd. to Exit 148C
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:11
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.9
    • distance:4.2 miles
  • I-35 from Exit 124B to Exit 130
    Oklahoma City
    I-35 from Exit 124B to Exit 130
    • Fatal Accidents:7
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.5
    • distance:4.6 miles
  • I-40 from Exit 115 to Exit 123
    El Reno
    I-40 from Exit 115 to Exit 123
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:9
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.4
    • distance:4.1 miles
  • I-40 from 155B to Exit 159B
    Oklahoma City | Midwest City | Del City
    I-40 from 155B to Exit 159B
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.6
    • distance:3.7 miles
  • I-40 from Exit 104 to N2560 Rd.
    Hinton
    I-40 from Exit 104 to N2560 Rd.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.2
    • distance:4.9 miles
  • I-44 from Exit 224 to Exit 222B
    Tulsa
    I-44 from Exit 224 to Exit 222B
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.3
    • distance:2.6 miles
  • SR-3 from East Dr. to Springbrook Dr.
    Oklahoma City
    SR-3 from East Dr. to Springbrook Dr.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.3
    • distance:4.6 miles
  • SR-4 from Southwest 24th St. to E. SW 89th St.
    Oklahoma City | Mustang
    SR-4 from Southwest 24th St. to E. SW 89th St.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.3
    • distance:4.6 miles
  • US-377 from Cameron Dr. to EW125.5 Rd.
    Seminole
    US-377 from Cameron Dr. to EW125.5 Rd.
    • Fatal Accidents:5
    • fatalities:8
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.0
    • distance:4.8 miles

Drunk Driving Involved in 26% of Fatal Accidents

Between 2018 and 2020, 468 out of 1,786 deadly crashes recorded in Oklahoma involved drunk driving. That’s more than any other contributing factor we analyzed, including distracted driving, speeding and winter driving.

You're considered legally drunk in Oklahoma if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reaches 0.08%. However, even the slightest amount of alcohol in your system can impair your driving abilities. For example, having about two alcoholic drinks raises your BAC to 0.02%; this level of intoxication makes keeping your eyes on a moving target difficult, which is essential when you’re behind the wheel.

Not all incidents result in fatalities, but the consequences of drunk driving are long-term and expensive. Your driving privileges may be restricted, your license may be suspended, and you may even serve jail time. A DUI on your record may also make finding affordable car insurance in Oklahoma challenging.

Speeding Is a Factor in 22% of Fatal Crashes

MoneyGeek’s study found that speeding was a factor in 398 deadly Oklahoma crashes from 2018 to 2020. According to the National Safety Council, speeding-related deaths increased by 19% in the U.S. in 2020.

Driving beyond the speed limit doesn't leave you time to respond to a hazardous situation appropriately. If you’re speeding, you’ll need more time to stop your vehicle safely; if you get into an accident, speeding increases the force of impact. This can lead to more severe injuries and, in the worst-case scenario, death.

Distracted Driving Contributed to 9% of Fatal Accidents

In Oklahoma, 153 fatal accidents from 2018 to 2020 involved distracted driving — 8.6% of all deadly crashes. While this number is relatively low compared to fatal accidents involving drunk driving and speeding, MoneyGeek's distracted driving study found that Oklahoma had the No.12 highest rate of distracted driving deaths in the country. In 2015, Oklahoma became the 46th state to prohibit drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

July Had More Fatal Accidents Than Any Other Month

MoneyGeek’s study also determined when fatal accidents most often occurred between 2018 and 2020. Our results showed that July had the highest number of deadly crashes of any month at 189, making up 10.6% of all fatal accidents in Oklahoma in this three-year period. June and October had the second-highest numbers of accidents, each with 177 incidents.

Average Fatal Accidents by Month
Month
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Winter Conditions
Speeding Related
% of Total

January

129

25

10

2

23

7.2%

February

125

29

5

1

28

7.0%

March

138

47

11

0

29

7.7%

April

118

32

11

0

33

6.6%

May

143

49

6

0

42

8.0%

June

177

55

16

0

32

9.9%

July

189

43

21

0

36

10.6%

August

151

39

18

0

42

8.5%

September

156

37

15

0

27

8.7%

October

177

39

16

0

33

9.9%

November

133

39

11

0

36

7.4%

December

150

34

13

2

37

8.4%

Driving Safely Protects You, Others and Your Wallet

Practicing safe driving doesn't just save you and your passengers' lives — it also helps you save money. Having coverage is essential in Oklahoma. You won't be permitted to drive if you don't have an insurance policy. An affordable full coverage auto insurance policy can usually best protect you, your loved ones and your assets in the event of an accident.

The average cost of car insurance in Oklahoma is $1,299 per year. However, rates may vary depending on where you live. For example, the cost of car insurance in Oklahoma City, the most populous city in the state, is $1,285 annually. In comparison, expect to spend around $1,313 for auto insurance in Tulsa. That’s a difference of $28.

Remember, these sample premiums are averages based on different driver profiles. Your premium may differ due to your personal details, such as your driving history and age. Comparing quotes from multiple providers is the best way to find the cheapest auto insurance company for you.

Fatal Accidents and Most Dangerous Roads: County Breakdown

MoneyGeek's study found that the five counties with the most deadly crashes between 2018 and 2020 contributed 582 out of all reported incidents in Oklahoma. That's 33% of all accidents resulting in fatalities. Oklahoma County had the most deadly crashes out of all counties in the state, with 228. Most of these involved speeding and drunk driving and happened along I-40.

Fatal Accidents and Contributing Factors By County
County
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Speeding Related
Most Deadly Road (Fatal Accidents)

Oklahoma

228

52

26

61

I-40 (19)

Tulsa

188

49

9

44

I-44 (12)

Cleveland

60

16

2

15

SR-9 (6)

Canadian

59

20

13

12

I-40 (14)

Rogers

47

11

5

7

SR-66 (8)

Creek

47

9

2

7

SR-66 (10)

Grady

42

11

0

8

US-81 (8)

Pottawatomie

40

9

2

11

US-177 (11)

Mcclain

38

13

6

5

I-35 (11)

Muskogee

37

8

3

8

US-62 (5)

Pittsburg

36

7

4

7

US-69 (11)

Mayes

33

10

2

14

US-69 (6)

Wagoner

31

12

5

13

SR-51 (4)

Mccurtain

31

15

5

7

US-259 (11)

Seminole

29

8

2

7

US-270 (7)

Comanche

28

10

4

7

US-62 (5)

Garvin

28

7

1

2

SR-76 (5)

Payne

28

5

2

3

US-177 (8)

Bryan

28

11

0

8

US-69 (7)

Le Flore

28

9

3

5

US-59 (9)

Pontotoc

27

3

2

5

SR-3W (9)

Caddo

27

5

1

6

I-40 (9)

Lincoln

27

6

3

4

I-44 (6)

Okmulgee

23

7

2

9

US-75 (8)

Cherokee

23

4

1

6

SR-82 (4)

Mcintosh

23

11

1

11

SR-9 (4)

Carter

23

4

4

6

SR-76 (4)

Stephens

20

2

1

3

US-81 (8)

Logan

20

7

1

6

SR-74 (4)

Ottawa

20

4

1

2

SR-10 (6)

Kay

18

4

1

1

US-77 (5)

Sequoyah

18

3

3

3

I-40 (6)

Garfield

18

5

2

5

US-64 (2)

Delaware

17

7

1

3

US-59 (4)

Custer

17

4

0

3

I-40 (7)

Blaine

17

5

2

2

US-270 (6)

Atoka

17

5

0

5

US-69 (8)

Marshall

16

1

3

3

US-70 (5)

Noble

16

3

3

4

I-35 (4)

Osage

16

5

1

3

SR-20 (4)

Beckham

16

4

1

2

I-40 (8)

Love

16

2

3

1

I-35 (5)

Okfuskee

14

5

1

3

US-62 (3)

Pushmataha

14

5

2

5

SR-3 (3)

Major

14

4

1

4

US-60 (4)

Murray

13

5

1

3

I-35 (5)

Washington

13

2

0

1

US-75 (6)

Choctaw

13

4

2

3

US-70 (5)

Jackson

12

2

2

2

US-62 (3)

Pawnee

11

1

2

0

US-64 (3)

Johnston

11

5

0

0

SR-1 (3)

Hughes

11

2

1

2

SR-9 (5)

Haskell

11

3

0

5

SR-9 (4)

Adair

11

4

0

5

US-59 (3)

Washita

10

1

0

3

I-40 (3)

Woodward

8

4

0

4

4Th St (1)

Nowata

8

2

0

2

US-60 (3)

Kiowa

8

1

0

0

US-183 (3)

Kingfisher

8

3

1

1

SR-3 (2)

Beaver

8

2

1

0

US-83 (3)

Texas

7

1

1

1

US-54 (3)

Jefferson

6

1

1

1

US-81 (3)

Alfalfa

6

1

0

1

Cr-720 (2)

Craig

5

1

0

0

SR-82 (2)

Woods

5

2

0

1

Cr-Flynn St (1)

Cimarron

5

1

0

2

US-64 (2)

Cotton

5

2

1

2

US-70 (2)

Latimer

5

3

1

1

SR-2 (2)

Dewey

4

1

0

0

US-270 (2)

Grant

4

2

1

0

SR-74 (1)

Tillman

4

0

0

1

SR-5 (2)

Roger Mills

3

0

0

1

SR-33 (1)

Coal

2

2

0

0

Cr-E1710 (1)

Harper

2

1

0

0

Cr-Ns198 (1)

Ellis

2

1

1

0

SR-46 (1)

Greer

1

1

0

0

US-283 (1)

Harmon

1

0

0

0

US-62 (1)

Methodology

MoneyGeek analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) database using fatality data from 2018, 2019 and 2020. Currently, 2020 is the latest data available in the system.

About the Author


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Doug Milnes is the head of marketing and communications at MoneyGeek. He has spent more than a decade in corporate finance performing valuations for Duff and Phelps and financial planning and analysis for various companies including OpenTable. He holds a master’s degree in Predictive Analytics (Data Science) from Northwestern University and is a CFA charter holder. Doug geeks out on building financial and predictive models and using data to make informed decisions.


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