If you’ve lived in Baton Rouge for any length of time, you’ve probably become accustomed to the particularities of the city’s traffic. It’s an unfortunate truth, but even the most cautious drivers can be the victims of car accidents
due to the negligence of others, especially in one of our many dangerous intersections.
According to a study conducted in 2016, Baton Rouge ranked as the second-most dangerous city for drivers in the country, just behind Detroit. Although other, larger cities had more crashes, Baton Rouge’s smaller size contributed to its highest number of daily accidents per capita: 16.6 per 100,000.
What are the worst areas for driving in Baton Rouge? What streets and intersections should you try to avoid as you commute or travel around our city? Here’s a list of the top five.
1. Nicholson Drive
This corridor stretching from downtown Baton Rouge all the way down to exit the Parish south of LSU’s campus sees a staggering 400 accidents a year.
2. O’Neal Lane from Harrell’s Ferry Road & I-12
Perhaps because of the Interstate traffic, this stretch of O’Neal Lane sees a total of 340 accidents each year in Baton Rouge.
3. Staring Lane from Highland Road to Perkins Road
Staring Lane is home to multiple subdivisions, great restaurants, and sadly, the third-highest accident count in Baton Rouge, with 340 accidents per annum.
4. Highland Road from Perkins Road to Airline Highway
This portion of Highland Road, beginning at the intersection with I-10, is particularly prone to accidents. This dangerous road sees an average of 245 accidents each year.
5. Burbank Drive from Lee Drive to Bluebonnet Drive
This long, mostly-rural stretch of Burbank Drive has seen a lot of development in recent years, which might contribute to its yearly average of 238 accidents.
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