If you’re afraid of driving on Interstate 95, you’re not paranoid. You have every right to fear driving on America’s most dangerous highway. Five years of highway fatality data have found that Florida’s 382-mile stretch of road is the most dangerous road in the country with the worst rate of fatal accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Dangers of Driving on I-95
Using the federal agency’s figures, The Daily Beast broke each interstate into stretches within individual states. It tallied fatal accidents instead of total fatalities and then divided that by the number of miles of that state’s stretch.
I-95’s rate was 1.73 fatal accidents per mile in Florida for the five years from 2004 through 2008. Ten of the most dangerous highways in the U.S. include:
- I-95, Florida
- I-76, New Jersey
- I-4, Florida
- I-15, California
- I-10, California
- I-59, Louisiana
- I-94, Illinois
- I-93, Massachusetts
- I-95, Delaware
- I-55, Tennessee
The Dangers of Speeding on I-95 in Florida
Interstate 95 accidents can be particularly dangerous since they commonly involve multiple vehicles hitting each other, often at very high speeds. The impact from these accidents can be so powerful that occupants get seriously hurt or die even when they are using every available safety feature the car offers.
Furthermore, speeding goes unchecked mainly because there is minimal, if any, shoulder area, and therefore no place for police officers to pull speeders over. On super-congested multi-lane highways, speed kills. Our Florida personal injury lawyers know that the tragedy in all of this is that the law-abiding drivers get killed or injured in the very same accidents caused by speeding, in-and-out drivers. In fact, many people driving the speed limit are aggressively honked off the road.
Additionally, there is no real relief in sight. Officials claim there is simply no more room to expand, with shoulders already practically non-existent, and there is no money to buy out all of the property that would be needed for a significant expansion.
Contact the Florida Personal Injury Lawyers for More Information
If you or a member of your family has been injured in an accident along Florida’s highways, contact the Florida personal injury lawyers at Searcy Denney for help and advice. We offer a free consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless you recover. If you need our help, contact us online today.