Florida home to America's two deadliest highways, study says

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Surviving Florida is challenging enough considering the shark bites, alligator attacks and myriad other ways the state can take a life. Now, add to the list of dangers, a study by the Auto Insurance Center, America's two deadliest highways run through Florida.

The Auto Insurance Center analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System and found that there were 278 vehicle fatalities along Interstate 10, which stretches from Santa Monica, California to Jacksonville. Interstate 95, which stretches 1,920 miles along the East Coast had 204 deaths in 2014.

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The study also found that August and July are the two deadliest months, respectively, to be behind the wheel, due to more people taking road trips and driving during summer vacation. Fridays and Saturdays are the most dangerous days of the week, the study says, because of an increased likelihood of alcohol consumption on weekends.

The NHTSA's data also provided a timely reminder that the most dangerous day of the year to be on the road is coming up: an average of more than 100 people die in vehicle-related fatalities every Fourth of July.