Florida’s 382-mile stretch of I-95 is the most dangerous interstate highway in the United States, a recent study found.
The report, featured in the Daily Beast and based on National Highway Transportation Safety Administration statistics, found that there were 662 fatal accidents on I-95 in Florida from 2004-2008, or 1.73 deaths per mile. The study examined 250 stretches of U.S. highway and compared the number of fatal crashes to the number of miles on each particular highway.
Unfortunately, I-95 is not the only problem road in Florida. The I-4 corridor came in third on the Daily Beast’s list, with 1.58 fatal accidents per mile. Florida’s I-75 was number 15 with 1.14 fatal accidents per mile.
This confirms what trial attorneys in Florida have known for years: Florida’s roads are dangerous and deadly. Distracted drivers, high numbers of large commercial trucks and poor road maintenance are just a few of the contributing factors to the high rate of fatality on Florida’s highways. Close to 40,000 drivers and passengers on U.S. roads lost their lives in 2008 alone.
As the summer begins, it becomes even more important to be alert behind the wheel. According to the group Road Safe America, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is traditionally the most dangerous time of year on America’s highways. Experts estimate that Americans will drive more than one trillion miles in a typical summer, as many take to the road on vacation. For Florida, this means more drivers on already congested highways, many of whom are from out-of-state and unfamiliar with Florida’s traffic laws.
Although statistics paint a grim picture, drivers can take steps to avoid accidents on dangerous highways like I-95:
- Do not drink and drive
- Do not drive aggressively
- Do not use cell phones, GPS or other electronic devices while driving
- Always wear a seatbelt
For more information about what to do if you have been involved in a car crash, contact the law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano