Deadlier than roller coasters. Most Dangerous and Lethal Roads
Hundreds of tragedies around the world every day, tens of thousands of lost lives every year - all this is not about fatal diseases but about accidents on the road. According to statistics, an average of 20 cases per 100 000 die in motor vehicle crashes every year. These figures can really be compared with the death rate from incurable diseases. The reason for such terrible accidents that take the lives of people annually, is poor road conditions. Difficult routs with a number of dangerous areas and low-quality surface, poor lighting and lack of road signs actually contribute to the decline in the statistics. But the poor quality of roads not always explains the high level of mortality. There are many roads in the world on which the accidents happen for reasons that remain unexplained. The routs contained in this review has been long perceived as the most unsafe in the world. Even the experienced drivers should be very cautious while driving.
Rodovia da Morte, Brazil
The President Dutra Highway (BR-116) is one of the most dangerous and mortal roads in Brazil. To be more exact it is its section Curitiba-Sao Paolo that makes it so dangerous. BR-116 is the largest highway in the country, linking Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro and passing through a number of major cities as well as Curitiba and Sao Paulo. The area between these major cities is called Rodovia da Morte (Highway of Death), due to its many accidents.
The sad statistics no longer surprises the locals. They've already got accustomed to the daily accidents on the road. This section is really difficult so road fatalities are distressingly common.
A part of the route runs along the cliffs and the drivers have to pass through the numerous tunnels and narrow areas that lack any fences. However, the traffic on the country's main highway is always very intense. Foreign visitors are urged to be cautious on the BR-116 and the dangerous area Rodovia da Morte is recommended to be deleted from the tourist route. Next - Pan American Highway
Pan American Highway, Costa Rica
The world famous Pan-American Highway passes through the territory of 15 countries and has a length of 48,000 kilometres. It can freely be qualified as the global ‘’road’’ attractions. One of the sections of an extended road also appears in the statistics as the most dangerous one. It is about the Pan American Highway which passes through the territory of Costa Rica. Complete article
Highway A44, United Kingdom
A notorious track there is in the UK as well. The A44 runs from Oxford to Aberystwyth. It is the country’s national leader in the number of fatal accidents. The road is very narrow and provides one lane for each side. So it’s not surprising that the most common type of accidents on the road are frontal crashes. Complete article
Road 191, U.S.A
On roads with a high level of accidents there are many really anomalous zones. The United States route 191 is among these mystical objects. The highway passes through the territory of the State of Arkansas. The locals call this route just “The Devil’s Highway”. At first glance, the highway is absolutely unremarkable. It is difficult to find dangerous turns, complex traffic interchanges and poor surface. Each year the top class highway with an abundance of straight and long sections becomes a place of terrible accidents, the cause of which cannot be understood and explained. Complete article
Karakoram Highway, China
The Karakoram Highway is the highest paved and one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It connects China and Pakistan. The Chinese section of the highway has long been a constant participant of fatal accident summaries. In this case, no mystical events occurs on the road. It is really very difficult and sometimes is extremely narrow. The situation on the road is complicated by frequent downpours. Complete article
Dalton Highway, U.S.A
One of the most dangerous and difficult roads located in Alaska, Dalton Highway, has long been associated with an increased risk. The length of the road is 141 miles. It was built as a service road to connect the oil tank farms located in Alaska with other areas of the country. For many years the road is filled with truck traffic. That’s why it’s impossible to find smooth road surface here. Complete article
Trans-Saharan Highway, Algeria
Not only snow-covered routes and mountain roads, but also highways that pass through the deserted areas endanger motorists. The Trans-Sahara Highway links Nigeria and Algeria. It is the Algerian section of the road that is considered to be the most dangerous and troubled. The total length of the track is about 4500 km, much of it passes through the barren desert environments. Complete article
The Transfagarasan mountain road is located in Romania and passes in the Carpathians. It is a real world attraction. Repeatedly referred to in the television show Top Gear, the road is known to be one of the most difficult and dangerous highways in the world. Its construction began in 1970 and was completed four years later. The highway has become a shortcut between Transylvania and Walachia. Complete article
Kabul-to-Jalalabad Road, Afghanistan
Inexperienced drivers who are intending to visit Afghanistan should definitely stay away from the Kabul-Jalalabad road. Kabul-Jalalabad is a highway with a length of about 60 km, linking the cities Kabul and Jalalabad. Fatal traffic accidents occur in this area every day. The number of deaths on the road is so high that the locals stopped counting long ago. Everyone here knows about the terrible features of the road. Complete article