New Study Reveals Indiana’s Deadliest Highways: SR-37 and SR-67

Written from press release

INDIANAPOLIS — June 12, 2024

A recent study conducted by The Barber Law Firm, a Dallas-based legal team, has identified State Route 37 (SR-37) and State Route 67 (SR-67) as the deadliest highways in Indiana. The analysis utilized data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for the years 2018 to 2022.

SR-37 tops the list with an average of 8.4 fatalities per year. Over the five-year period, there were 42 deaths resulting from 37 fatal crashes. The year 2022 was particularly deadly, with 14 fatalities recorded on this route.

SR-67 follows closely with an average of 7.4 fatalities annually. The study reported 31 fatal crashes leading to 37 deaths on this highway, with 2022 again being the worst year, witnessing 15 fatalities from 12 crashes.

In third place is State Route 3 (SR-3), averaging 5.6 fatalities per year. The highway experienced 28 deaths from 25 fatal crashes during the study period, with 2022 being the deadliest year, contributing 11 fatalities from nine accidents.

Other notable highways include State Route 135 (SR-135), with an average of 4.2 yearly fatalities, and State Route 62 (SR-62), averaging 4.0 fatalities per year.

“The data shows that in all states, certain routes must be approached with more caution than others,” said Kris Barber, founder of The Barber Law Firm. “Be it because of more intense traffic or the configuration of the road, this data can be a warning and a starting point for drivers to pay more attention.”

Barber emphasized the importance of maintaining focus on driving, adhering to speed limits, and exercising caution during routine maneuvers like changing lanes to mitigate the risk of accidents.

This study highlights the critical need for increased safety measures and driver awareness on Indiana’s most dangerous highways.

For further information, please visit The Barber Law Firm.


Top Five Deadliest Routes in Indiana:

  1. State Route 37 – 8.4 average yearly fatalities
  2. State Route 67 – 7.4 average yearly fatalities
  3. State Route 3 – 5.6 average yearly fatalities
  4. State Route 135 – 4.2 average yearly fatalities
  5. State Route 62 – 4.0 average yearly fatalities

ENDS

Sources:

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
  • The Barber Law Firm Study

Methodology: The study analyzed fatal crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for the years 2018-2022. Routes were ranked by the number of fatalities and fatal crashes. Roads with fewer than 10 crashes over the last five years were excluded from the study.

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