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The Spanish government along with the country's traffic authority the DGT (Dirección General de Tráfico) have been taking consistent action to make Spain's network of roads safer for us all.

The efforts that have been made in recent years have had a major impact on reducing the number of deaths recorded each year. In fact, over the last 30 years, the number of fatalities has fallen by around 80% with 1,755 deaths registered in 2019 compared to more than 10,000 in 1989.

Three of the country's autonomous communities, Asturias, Castilla La Mancha and Castilla y Leon have led the way on this front, seeing the number of deaths fall by almost 90%. Others have also fared well including Cantabria, Galicia and the Basque Country.

In recent years, the DGT has worked hard on highlighting the dangers with regular campaigns to educate drivers. Many of the most recent campaigns have focused on many of the major risk factors for traffic accidents including mobile usage, alcohol consumption and excessive speed.

Even though such campaigns persist, there are still several sections of road that continue to be considered hotspots contributing to an increase in mortality.

Thanks to a recent report by RACE, the Royal Automobile Club of Spain, the five most dangerous roads in Spain where a traffic accident is most likely to occur have now been identified.

Their report assessed the number of accidents over the past three years, taking into account the severity and their relationship to the characteristics of the road. Using this information, RACE was able to determine which roads were the most dangerous.

Thanks to the ‘risk index’, the report identified five separate one-kilometre sections that they characterise as ‘black’ spots, i.e. those which are the most dangerous.

Adding up to 49.4 km, the five sections of road are considered to be the most dangerous in the whole of Spain. So where are they?

Spain's five most dangerous roads

Below we list Spain’s most dangerous sections of road according to the RACE study.

  • N-240: From km 303 to 316.8 in the province of Huesca
  • N-541: From km 23.5 to 33.6 in the province of Ourense
  • N-345: From its beginning to km 7.2 in the province of Murcia
  • N-642: From its beginning to km 8.2 in the province of Lugo
  • N-550: From km 303 to 316.8 in the province of A Coruña

The risk index for these sections of road was close to 100, which was exceeded by the first two.

These specific sections of road stood out when comparing over 25,000 kilometres analysed in the report. Of those, more than 2,000 kilometres or almost 10% were considered to be very dangerous.