Some roads have a much higher rate of serious and fatal accidents than other routes. In November 2021, Albany News 10 reported on the most dangerous areas to drive in the Capital region.
Review the data to plan safer excursions if you live or work in the Albany metro area.
Fatal accident data
According to News 10, Suffolk County had the highest rate of fatal accidents in the area, with 346 such incidents from 2017 through 2019. They also broke down the roads with the most auto accident fatalities by county as follows, from highest to lowest:
- Route 23 in Greene County
- Route 22 in Columbia County
- Route 9 in Warren County
- Route 30 in Fulton County
- Route 7 in Rensselaer County
- I-90 in Montgomery County
- Route 9 in Saratoga County
- Route 40 in Washington County
- Central Avenue in Albany County
- Route 145 in Schoharie County
A report by Q105.7 Albany about the nation’s most dangerous roads named I-87, which runs through the Capital region on its way from New York City to Canada.
Volume of accidents
The Q105.7 report also looked at the number of accidents over a three-year period and named the Taconic Parkway, with 104 miles in the Capital Region, as one of the most hazardous stretches of highway in the U.S. It had more than 2,000 accidents in the three-year period prior to the report.
While you may not be able to completely avoid these roads, you can reduce your risk of a serious auto accident injury by staying on safer routes when possible.