CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Where are the most dangerous areas to drive in Charlotte? City officials document the traffic-related data in the High Injury Network.

Data shows between 2016 to 2020 there were 128 serious or fatal crashes on Charlotte streets and highways. More than 30% of those crashes happened in 2020 which was one of the deadliest years for crashes since 2017.

August is National Traffic Awareness Month. The High Injury Network is a part of a plan to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries.

Charlotte Department of Transportation uses the High Injury Network to break down the areas where there are severe accidents as opposed to including minor fender benders.

Here are the top 10 most dangerous driving areas in Charlotte looking at data from 2016-2020:

  • N Tryon Street between University City Boulevard, 
  • Eastway Drive and Central Avenue
  • Freedom Drive to Pacific Street
  • The Plaza and Murdock Road
  • South Tryon Street and Lions Mane Street
  • Wilkinson Boulevard and Boyer Street
  • West Brookshire Freeway and North Crigler Street
  • West Sugar Creek Rd and I-85
  • EW T Harris Boulevard and Windsor Gate Lane
  • West Boulevard and Ross Avenue

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officials use the High Injury Network as a way to plan where officers should be for enforcement. 

City officials focus on tracking high injury networks instead of intersections because this allows them to get a better idea of where the fatal and serious crashes are happening, instead of focusing on every fender bender.

Data shows most crashes are happening between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and midnight are also dangerous times. Click here to view the full map.