Pennsylvania Fatal Accident Study:

Pennsylvania’s Deadliest Roads and Fatal Accident Statistics

Between 2017 and 2019, there were 3,176 recorded fatal crashes in Pennsylvania. MoneyGeek analyzed these to identify the deadliest roads in the states and contributing factors.

Last Updated: 4/26/2022
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MoneyGeek examined 3,176 fatal crashes in Pennsylvania from 2017 to 2019 to learn more about where these crashes occur in the state. We looked at 2,160 roads out of the state’s 251,708 miles of road for this analysis. Our guide breaks down the deadliest stretches overall and by county.

We also explored the various factors that contributed to these accidents. These included driver behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving. MoneyGeek also considered environmental factors, such as time of year and weather conditions.

Key Findings

  • US-1 Roosevelt Blvd. from W. Wyoming Ave. to Hartel Ave. in Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s deadliest stretch of road. From 2017 to 2019, 22 fatal crashes occurred there.
  • Speeding contributed to 39.6% of accidents, the highest percentage of any factor measured. Drunk driving was the second-most common factor (25.3%), followed by distracted driving (6.1%).
  • October had 319 deadly crashes from 2017 to 2019, the most of any month. July (312) and June (300) had the following two highest numbers of accidents, respectively. Despite having the fifth-highest number of winter driving fatalities in the country, the summer and fall months are Pennsylvania’s deadliest for driving.
  • Philadelphia had more fatal accidents than any other county. The majority of these accidents occurred on US-1 Roosevelt Boulevard.

10 Deadliest Road Stretches in Pennsylvania


  • DEADLIEST ROAD IN PENNSYLVANIA
    US-1 Roosevelt Blvd. from W. Wyoming Ave. to Hartel Ave.
    Philadelphia
    US-1 Roosevelt Blvd. from W. Wyoming Ave. to Hartel Ave.
    • Fatal Accidents:22
    • fatalities:24
    • Crashes Per Mile:4.4
    • distance:5.0 miles
  • I-95 Delaware Expy. from Dock St. to Exit 17
    Philadelphia
    I-95 Delaware Expy. from Dock St. to Exit 17
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:8
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.1
    • distance:3.9 miles
  • SR-611 N. Broad St. from Stenton Ave. to W. Susquehanna Ave.
    Philadelphia
    SR-611 N. Broad St. from Stenton Ave. to W. Susquehanna Ave.
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:8
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.9
    • distance:4.3 miles
  • US-13 from Levittown Pkwy. to Beaver St.
    Bristol | Tullytown
    US-13 from Levittown Pkwy. to Beaver St.
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:8
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.9
    • distance:2.8 miles
  • Delaware Expy. from Van Kirk St. to E. Wildey St.
    Philadelphia
    Delaware Expy. from Van Kirk St. to E. Wildey St.
    • Fatal Accidents:7
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.4
    • distance:5.0 miles
  • I-79 from Exit 41 to Exit 45
    Canonsburg
    I-79 from Exit 41 to Exit 45
    • Fatal Accidents:7
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.0
    • distance:3.5 miles
  • SR-132 Street Rd. from High Ave. to Central Ave.
    Bucks County
    SR-132 Street Rd. from High Ave. to Central Ave.
    • Fatal Accidents:7
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.4
    • distance:4.9 miles
  • US-22 William Penn Hwy. from Scenic Dr. to Hannastown Rd.
    Westmoreland County
    US-22 William Penn Hwy. from Scenic Dr. to Hannastown Rd.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.4
    • distance:4.3 miles
  • Allegheny Ave. from Aramingo Ave. to N. 3rd St.
    Philadelphia
    Allegheny Ave. from Aramingo Ave. to N. 3rd St.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:3.4
    • distance:1.7 miles
  • Aramingo Ave. from E. Ontario St. to Sepviva St.
    Philadelphia
    Aramingo Ave. from E. Ontario St. to Sepviva St.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:4.2
    • distance:1.4 miles

Drunk Driving Involved in 25.3% of Fatal Accidents

Out of the 3,176 crashes in Pennsylvania that resulted in a death, 25.3% involved drunk driving — that translates to 803 fatal accidents.

You’re considered legally drunk in Pennsylvania if you have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.8%. However, your mental faculties can already become impaired with a BAC as low as .02%. After two alcoholic drinks, you have difficulty keeping track of moving targets and are less likely to be able to do two things simultaneously. Unfortunately, both of these skills are crucial when behind the wheel.

The consequences of driving under the influence can be long-lasting and expensive, even if it doesn’t result in a fatal crash. You’ll have less affordable car insurance in Pennsylvania after a DUI, restricted driving privileges and — in some cases — jail time.

Speeding Is a Factor in 39.6% of Fatal Crashes

Speeding contributed to 39.6% of Pennsylvania's 3,176 fatal crashes. That’s 1,259 accidents resulting in death between 2017 and 2019, the most of any factor MoneyGeek evaluated.

Driving above the speed limit puts you and your passengers in a hazardous situation. There are several consequences to speeding, one of which is losing control of your vehicle, which increases your chances of getting into a serious accident. Safety equipment is also less effective in these scenarios.

Distracted Driving Contributed to 6.1% of Fatal Accidents

There were 195 reported deadly crashes in Pennsylvania from 2017 to 2019 that involved distracted driving; these crashes accounted for 6.1% of all accidents in the state resulting in death.

MoneyGeek’s distracted driving study puts Pennsylvania as the 30th-worst state for distracted driving. Although distracted driving is still a contributing factor to fatal crashes, Pennsylvania ranks better than most states.

October Had More Fatal Accidents Than Any Other Month

It’s not just driver behavior that contributes to the fatal crashes; time of year is also a factor. MoneyGeek’s study showed that most deadly accidents in the state occurred in October — 319, to be exact. That’s 10% of all fatal accidents in Pennsylvania from 2017 to 2019.

October’s numbers are followed closely by July and June. These account for 9.8% (312) and 9.4% (300) of fatal accidents, respectively.

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

January

255

62

19

30

117

8.0%

February

206

45

12

13

81

6.5%

March

221

55

15

14

96

7.0%

April

254

89

17

2

109

8.0%

May

254

61

18

0

98

8.0%

June

300

79

17

0

132

9.4%

July

312

70

12

0

130

9.8%

August

281

71

17

0

97

8.8%

September

297

86

14

0

103

9.4%

October

319

73

19

0

123

10.0%

November

224

41

15

2

72

7.1%

December

253

71

20

18

101

8.0%

Driving Safely Protects You, Others and Your Wallet

Having auto insurance is a crucial part of being a safe driver. Drivers must meet Pennsylvania’s minimum car insurance coverage requirements to operate a vehicle. Beyond that, affordable full coverage car insurance can be invaluable if you and your loved ones are involved in an accident.

The average cost of car insurance in Pennsylvania is $1,818 for a full coverage policy. Remember that this is the state average, and your rate may vary depending on your location. For example, auto insurance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s most populous city, costs $2,134 annually for coverage. In comparison, car insurance in Pittsburg costs $973.

Remember that insurers consider multiple factors when setting premiums; your location is just one of these. Your rates may vary based on your age, driving history and credit score, among other factors. Rates also vary between providers, so it’s best to shop around before purchasing a policy. Comparing quotes from multiple carriers can help you find the cheapest car insurance company for you.

Fatal Accidents and Most Dangerous Roads: County Breakdown

The five counties in Pennsylvania with the most fatal crashes account for 863 incidents in the state; that’s 27% of the total accidents resulting in death between 2017 and 2019.

Most of these (277) occurred in Philadelphia along US-1 Roosevelt Boulevard and involved speeding (28%) and drunk driving (18%).

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

Philadelphia

277

50

5

78

US-1 Roosevelt Blvd (28)

Allegheny

188

46

13

63

I-376 Penn Lincoln Pkwy (10)

Bucks

148

41

6

48

SR-132 Street Rd (12)

Berks

127

28

10

57

SR-183 Bernville Rd (6)

Lancaster

123

25

11

37

US-30 Lincoln Hwy (9)

Montgomery

121

26

12

43

US-422 Pottstown Byp (5)

Westmoreland

105

34

7

50

US-22 William Penn Hwy (9)

Chester

102

28

7

43

SR-41 Gap Newport Pike (5)

York

100

33

9

34

I-83 Vfw Of Us Mem Hwy (6)

Dauphin

91

17

6

40

I-81 American Legion Mem Hwy (5)

Lehigh

76

15

7

29

US-222 (4)

Washington

75

20

6

36

I-79 (11)

Luzerne

73

18

1

27

I-81 American Legion Mem Hwy (3)

Delaware

72

18

4

25

I-95 Vietnam Veterans Memo Hwy (5)

Erie

70

22

2

25

SR-5 Twelfth St (4)

Cumberland

62

18

7

27

I-81 American Legion Mem Hwy (11)

Schuylkill

61

11

5

21

SR-61 (5)

Franklin

58

12

5

23

US-30 Lincoln Way (8)

Lackawanna

58

9

3

21

I-81 American Legion Mem Hwy (5)

Northampton

57

10

3

16

SR-33 (4)

Fayette

55

17

5

28

US-40 National Pike (7)

Lebanon

54

12

2

14

I-81 American Legion Mem Hwy (6)

Monroe

51

12

6

18

SR-196 Sterling Rd (5)

Butler

49

13

6

23

US-19 Perry Hwy (4)

Beaver

41

10

3

21

SR-68 Sunflower Rd (2)

Clearfield

40

9

1

21

I-80 Z H Confair Memorial Hwy (3)

Somerset

39

17

0

23

US-30 Lincoln Hwy (2)

Mercer

34

11

2

14

I-79 Raymond P Shafer Hwy (3)

Cambria

33

8

1

12

SR-56 Johnstown Expy (2)

Lawrence

33

7

0

11

US-422 Benjamin Franklin Hwy (4)

Adams

32

8

4

12

SR-1015 Hanover St (3)

Pike

31

11

1

15

SR-739 (4)

Crawford

30

12

0

12

I-79 Raymond P Shafer Hwy (3)

Bradford

30

9

3

14

US-220 (5)

Indiana

28

6

1

12

US-422 Benjamin Franklin Hwy (5)

Centre

28

7

1

10

SR-45 Earlystown Rd (4)

Greene

28

11

3

14

I-79 (4)

Northumberland

28

6

0

13

SR-54 (4)

Carbon

28

8

1

11

I-476 Northeast Ext (6)

Lycoming

27

11

3

10

SR-4001 Little Pine Creek Rd (3)

Blair

26

4

2

14

I-99 Bud Shuster Hwy (6)

Armstrong

25

12

1

13

SR-28 (3)

Susquehanna

25

7

2

11

I-81 American Legion Mem Hwy (4)

Wayne

23

4

2

10

SR-191 Twin Rocks Rd (2)

Tioga

23

3

0

9

US-6 Grand Army Of Republi Hwy (4)

Perry

23

12

0

10

US-11 Susquehanna Trl (5)

Bedford

22

5

1

13

US-30 Lincoln Hwy (5)

Venango

18

6

2

9

I-80 Z H Confair Hwy (3)

Clarion

18

5

0

10

SR-208 (4)

Clinton

17

4

1

9

I-80 Z H Confair Memorial Hwy (3)

Columbia

17

3

1

8

US-11 Front St (1)

Fulton

16

1

1

10

US-30 Lincoln Hwy (4)

Mifflin

15

6

1

9

US-22 William Penn Hwy (3)

Mckean

15

5

0

10

US-6 Grand Army Of The Rep Hwy (3)

Union

15

6

1

8

Stein Ln (2)

Warren

14

7

1

6

US-6 Grand Army Of The Rep Hwy (3)

Huntingdon

14

4

1

6

US-22 William Penn Hwy (4)

Jefferson

13

0

0

7

I-80 Keystone Shortway Rd (3)

Wyoming

13

4

1

6

SR-292 (3)

Elk

13

5

1

6

SR-255 (3)

Snyder

12

3

3

9

US-522 (3)

Potter

11

5

0

4

Bowers Rd (1)

Montour

9

1

1

3

I-80 Z H Confair Memorial Hwy (2)

Sullivan

5

0

0

1

US-220 (4)

Forest

4

2

0

2

SR-66 (2)

Juniata

4

3

0

3

SR-850 Middle Rd (1)

Cameron

3

0

0

2

SR-155 Propect Park Rd (1)

Methodology

MoneyGeek analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS (fatal accident reporting system) database using fatality data from 2017, 2018 and 2019. Currently, 2019 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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