Arkansas Car Wreck Statistics

Fatal Car Accidents in Arkansas

According to Arkansas State Police archives, there were 466 fatal car accidents in the state of Arkansas in 2019. Accidents include head-on collisions, single-vehicle accidents, drunk driving accidents, pedestrian fatalities, trucking, and train collisions. Those 466 wrecks lead to 503 deaths.

  • 466 Fatal Car Wrecks in Arkansas in 2019
  • 503 People Died in Car Wrecks in 2019

It is the highest number of fatal car wrecks and deaths since 2016 in Arkansas.

Most Dangerous Roads

Per mile, the most dangerous road in Arkansas is Highway 12 in Northwest Arkansas. While only 5 accidents in total, a deadly accident occurred every 11.4 miles on Highway 12. Interestingly, only one fatal accident occurred on Highway 12 in 2018.

Highway 12 is 57 miles, stretching west to east from Oklahoma to Highway 23, running through Rogers and Hobbs State Park.

“Per mile, the most dangerous road in Arkansas is Highway 12.”

The second most dangerous road, per mile, was Highway 270. A fatal car wreck took place every 13 miles on Highway 270. The Arkansas portion of Highway 270 stretches 156 miles from White Hall/Pine Bluff through Sheridan, Malvern, Hot Springs, and Mount Ida into Oklahoma.

In total, the most fatal car wrecks occurred on Highway 67 in Arkansas. 15 fatal car accidents took place on Highway 67, and there were an additional 12 fatal wrecks on Highway 167.

Highway 167 runs south from Ash Flat through Cave City and Batesville before connecting with Highway 67. Highway 167 then continues south through Searcy, Cabot, Sheridan, Fordyce, Hampton, and El Dorado before crossing into Louisiana. Altogether, there were 28 fatal car accidents on Highway 167 and Highway 67 combined in 2019.

Most Dangerous Interstates

Of the 466 fatal accidents in Arkansas, 67 accidents occurred on Arkansas interstates (14%). Due to such a high number of vehicles traveled, interstates are much more dangerous per mile than highways in Arkansas.

There were 27 fatal accidents on Interstate 40 in 2019. I-40 is a 285-mile stretch that connects Tennessee (Memphis) through Little Rock to Oklahoma (near Fort Smith).

While there were only 24 fatal accidents on Interstate 30 in 2019, there was a deadly accident every 5.9 miles, making I-30 the most dangerous interstate in Arkansas. I-30 stretches 143 miles from Texas to Little Rock, running through Texarkana, Hope, Arkadelphia, and Benton/Bryant.

“There was a deadly accident every 5.9 miles, making I-30 the most dangerous interstate in Arkansas.”

Deadliest Month in Arkansas

August was the most dangerous month to be on the road in 2019. There were 53 fatal car wrecks in the month of August.

The fewest number of car wrecks occurred in the month of February. There were 23 fatal accidents in Arkansas.

Car Wreck Statistics

10 Deadliest Highways in Arkansas

1: Highway 67 (15 fatal wrecks)

(T)2: Highway 270 (12)

(T)2: Highway 167 (12)

(T)2: Highway 62 (12)

(T)2: Highway 71 (12)

6: Highway 7 (11)

(T)7: Highway 64 (10)

(T)7: Highway 70 (10)

(T)9: Highway 79 (9)

(T)9: Highway 412 (9)

10 Deadliest Highways Per Mile in Arkansas*

1: Highway 12 (fatal wreck every 11.4 miles)

2: Highway 270 (every 13.0 miles)

3: Highway 25 (every 14.3 miles)

4: Highway 67 (every 18.6 miles)

5: Highway 167 (every 21.5 miles)

6: Highway 1 (every 22.8 miles)

7: Highway 64 (every 24.6 miles)

8: Highway 71 (every 25.8 miles)

9: Highway 7 (every 27.0 miles)

10: Highway 62 (every 27.4 miles)

*Arkansas Highways with at least 5 or more fatal wrecks in 2019

In need of additional information regarding fatal car wrecks 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.

If your family has been affected by a fatal car wreck or 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 to 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.

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