According to U.S. News & World Report, Florida has the third most motor vehicle fatalities nationwide. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this also means that Florida has some of the most dangerous roads in the county. In fact, as reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, “[f]our of the top five deadliest highways in the nation are in Florida.”
These are the Most-Dangerous Highways in Florida
The most dangerous roads in Florida span from the Atlantic Coast to the Gulf Coast, and the run from the southern tip of the state to its northern border. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, in order from most-dangerous to least-dangerous, Florida’s riskiest roads for drivers are:
- U.S. 1 along the Atlantic Coast
- U.S. 41 in Tampa
- U.S. 27 in Central Florida
- U.S. 441 from south of Orlando to Lake Okeechobee
- U.S. 17 from Punta Gorda to Jacksonville
- U.S. 98 from West Palm Beach to the Florida Panhandle
- I-75 near the Gulf Coast north to the state line
- I-95 along Florida’s eastern side
In a separate study compiling data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Auto Insurance Center concluded that I-10 and I-95 are the most dangerous highways in the country. However, this was based on the total number of fatalities occurring on these roads nationwide, not solely in Florida.
Why are Florida’s Highways So Dangerous?
Given that Florida has several of the most dangerous highways in the country, it is well worth asking the question: Why is this the case? Some of the leading causes of serious and fatal highway accidents in Florida include:
- Distracted driving, including talking on the phone, following GPS directions and texting behind the wheel
- Drunk driving (Florida has one of the highest rates of drunk driving fatalities in the nation)
- Speeding, tailgating and other forms of aggressive and reckless driving
- Careless driving mistakes, such as merging without looking and braking unexpectedly
- Other forms of negligent driving
What Should You Do After a Serious or Fatal Highway Accident in Florida?
If you have been involved in a serious accident on one of Florida’s most-dangerous highways, or if you have tragically lost a loved one in a fatal highway accident, it will be important for you to speak with a Florida car accident attorney about your legal rights.
While Florida has a “no fault” insurance law that limits drivers’ and passengers’ financial recoveries in some cases, this limitation does not apply to cases involving serious and fatal injuries. An experienced car accident attorney can help you seek maximum compensation for your losses, and can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf to make sure you and your family receive the full compensation you deserve.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Florida Car Accident Attorney at Searcy Denney
Do you have questions about recovering financial compensation after a serious or fatal highway accident in Florida? If so, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation. To speak with an experienced Florida car accident attorney in confidence, call 800-780-8607 or tell us how we can help online today.