In 2022, Florida saw more than 390,000 total traffic accidents and 3,400 traffic accident fatalities. There were 248,724 total reported injuries.
In fact, Florida is home to some of the deadliest interstates in the country according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These are I-10, I-75, I-95, and I-4.
Stay safe this summer and throughout the year on Florida’s roads and highways. Be alert when traveling on Florida’s most dangerous highways and follow the safety tips outlined at the end of this article.
If you are injured in a Florida car accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away to discuss your legal rights.
I-10 is the fourth longest highway in the United States. It runs across eight states for a total of 2,460 miles. I-4 is known for “crossover crashes.”
A crossover crash is one where a driver drifts or crosses over the center line colliding with oncoming traffic. I-4 does not have any center barriers to separate its traffic lanes making crossover crashes common.
I-75 is a 471 mile stretch of interstate highway running from Northern Michigan to Miami, Florida. While noted for its beauty, this route is notorious for its congestion.
Traffic accidents have steadily risen on I-75 over the years. Accident numbers leaped from 935 in 2011 to 1,538 in 2015 and continue to climb.
This interstate is a heavily traveled route for commercial trucks, tourists, and Florida residents. More than 38,000 vehicles travel I-75 each day.
I-75 has an average of 47.2 fatality accidents per 100 miles.
I-95 stretches 1,924 miles through 15 states and the District of Columbia. It is the longest north–south interstate.
I-95 was named America’s most deadly highway in 2020. The total number of fatalities on I-95 in 2020 were 379. This is 19.7 deaths for every 100 miles.
In Florida, I-95 is known for lane divers. These are drivers who use express lanes to dive in and out of traffic. They may drive between the express lane poles or directly through the poles.
I-4 runs 132 miles from Tampa to Daytona Beach. It is the busiest and most dangerous highway in the country based on fatalities per mile.
Between 2016 and 2019 alone, there were 150 accident fatalities along the I-4 stretch from Lakeland to Orlando. I-4 is so deadly, it has been nicknamed Florida’s “Haunted Highway.”
Driving is one of the most dangerous activities a person can engage in while living in or visiting Florida, but most Florida traffic accidents can be prevented. When driving in The Sunshine State, always do the following to stay safe on state roads and highways:
If you are injured while traveling on one of Florida’s roads or highways, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the insurance claims process.
To find out if you qualify for compensation following a Florida car accident, call the award-winning personal injury attorneys at Shapiro l Delgado l Hofmann. One of our experienced car accident attorneys will review your claim at no cost and advise you of your legal options.
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