Fatal Car Accidents in Arkansas in 2020
According to the Arkansas State Police (ASP) archives, there were a total of 567 fatal car accidents in the state of Arkansas in 2020. Fatal accidents include head-on collisions, single-vehicle wrecks, drunk driving accidents, pedestrian fatalities, trucking, and train collisions. The 567 car accidents in 2020 lead to 619 deaths.
- 567 Fatal Car Wrecks Occurred in Arkansas in 2020
- 619 People Died in Car Accidents in 2020
The number of fatal car wrecks and the number of deaths in 2020 is the highest totals in more than 10 years in Arkansas.
Most Dangerous Roads in Arkansas
Per mile, the most dangerous road in Arkansas has been Highway 25 in North Central Arkansas. In 2020, a deadly accident occurred every 10.75 miles on Highway 25. In 2019, a deadly accident occurred every 14.3 miles on Highway 25.
Highway 25 is 86 miles, stretching northeast from Conway, through Greers Ferry, to Black Rock.
“Per mile, the most dangerous road in Arkansas in 2020 was Highway 25.”
The second most dangerous road, per mile, was Highway 62. A fatal car wreck took place every 14.9 miles on Highway 62. Highway 62 runs west to east across the state’s northern section, crossing through Bentonville, Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, Yellville, & Mountain Home.
In total, the most fatal car wrecks occurred on Arkansas’s Highway 62. There were 22 fatal accidents in 2020 that took place on Highway 62.
Additional highways that proved dangerous in 2020 include Highway 412, Highway 71, and Highway 67. A fatal accident took place every 17.9 miles on Highway 412, making it the 3rd most dangerous road in Arkansas in 2020. The 4th most dangerous road, per mile, was Highway 71 with a fatal accident every 18.2 miles. And Arkansas’s 5th most dangerous road, Highway 67, had a fatal accident every 18.6 miles.
The graph below shows where the most accidents took place.
Most Dangerous Interstates in AR
Of the 567 fatal accidents in Arkansas, 85 accidents occurred on an Arkansas interstate (15%). Due to the high number of vehicles traveling, interstates are significantly more dangerous per mile than highways in Arkansas.
There were 24 fatal accidents on Interstate 40 in 2020, the most of any interstate in Arkansas. I-40 is a 285-mile stretch that connects Tennessee (Memphis) through Little Rock to Oklahoma (near Fort Smith).
While there were only 11 fatal accidents on Interstate 530 in 2020, there was a deadly accident every 4.2 miles, making I-530 the most dangerous interstate in Arkansas. I-530 stretches 47 miles from Pine Bluff to Little Rock. In 2019, only 2 fatal accidents took place on I-530.
“There was a deadly accident every 4.2 miles, making I-530 the most dangerous interstate in Arkansas.”
A fatal accident took place every 6.5 miles on I-30, making it the 2nd most dangerous interstate in Arkansas in 2020. With a deadly accident occurring every 10 miles, I-555 was the 3rd most dangerous interstate in Arkansas. With 24 total accidents, I-40 had a deadly accident every 11.8 miles, making it the 4th most dangerous interstate in Arkansas.
Deadliest Month in Arkansas
July was the most dangerous month to be on the road in 2020. There were 65 fatal car wrecks in the month of July. June was close behind with 64 fatal wrecks. Last year, in 2019, the highest number of fatal wrecks in a single month was 53 accidents. In 2020, there were 53 or more fatal wrecks in 6 of the 12 months.
The fewest number of car wrecks occurred in the month of February. There were 32 fatal accidents in Arkansas.
Car Wreck Statistics
10 Deadliest Highways in Arkansas (total accidents)
1: Highway 62 (22 fatal wrecks)
2: Highway 71 (17)
3: Highway 412 (16)
4: Highway 67 (15)
5: Highway 63 (13)
(T)6: Highway 70 (11)
(T)6: Highway 65 (11)
8: Highway 64 (10)
9: Highway 7 (9)
(T)10: Highway 1 (8)
(T)10: Highway 25 (8)
(T)10: Highway 270 (8)
(T)10: Highway 167 (8)
(T)10: Highway 79 (8)
10 Deadliest Highways Per Mile in Arkansas*
1: Highway 25 (fatal wreck every 10.7 miles)
2: Highway 62 (every 14.9 miles)
3: Highway 412 (every 17.9 miles)
4: Highway 71 (every 18.2 miles)
5: Highway 67 (every 18.6 miles)
6: Highway 270 (every 19.5 miles)
7: Highway 1 (every 20.0 miles)
8: Highway 64 (every 24.6 miles)
9: Highway 70 (every 25.4 miles)
10: Highway 65 (every 28.1 miles)
*Arkansas Highways with at least 5 or more fatal wrecks in 2020
In need of additional information regarding fatal car accidents in Arkansas? Taylor King Law has compiled information for fatal wrecks including access to law enforcement accident reports. Our Car Wreck Report site allows you to find additional information regarding individual accidents.
For more information about obtaining a full copy of an Arkansas car accident report: How to Obtain a Police Report in Arkansas
If your family has been affected by a fatal car wreck or you have questions concerning an accident, you can contact us online today or call us at (870) 246-0505 or toll-free at 1(800) CAR-WRECK.
3 Ways We Can Make Arkansas Roads Safer
Look Twice, Save a Life: Check for motorcycles.
It Can Wait: Don’t drive distracted.
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving: Don’t drink and drive.