Florida's Deadly Interstate Roadways

February 15, 2018

Floridians are more reliant on their vehicles that ever before. Moreover, the state's tourism adds over 110 million visitors to area roadways each year. According to Florida's Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), there were a total 391,880 vehicle crashes in the State of Florida that resulted in 248,384 total injuries and 2,942 traffic fatalities during 2017. These statistics rank the Sunshine State as the third deadliest behind California and Texas. As the numbers tend to grow each year, chances are many of us will need an auto accident attorney at some point in our lives. 

The National Safety Council estimates that 40,100 people were killed on our nation's roadways in 2017 auto accidents, or about 109 each day (approximately 8 per day on Florida roadways). Although it is true that more fatal accidents happen on urban streets and rural roads, America's Interstate system is the nation's largest road network and experiences the highest volume of traffic as the primary artery for commuting and transporting goods. California, Texas and Florida each had sections of the nation's deadliest Interstate Highways. Florida, with only six (6) Interstates, totaled 229 accidents.

Top 5 Most Dangerous Roads in America

In a recent ValuePenguin article by Craig Casazza, three of the five most dangerous roads in America pass through the Sunshine State. All three are part of our nation's Interstate system with two running North to South and the other East to West for the length and width of the state, respectively. The deadly roadways include:

#3 - I-95 (Florida to Maine)

  • 1 Fatal Accidents per 100 Miles
  • 63 Fatalities
  • Deadliest City: Jacksonville 

#4 - I-10 (Florida to California)

  • 5 Fatal Accidents per 100 Miles
  • 89 Fatalities
  • Deadliest City: New Orleans

#5 - I-75 (Florida to Michigan)

  • 2 Fatal Accidents per 100 Miles
  • 38 Fatalities
  • Deadliest City: Detroit

Top 10 Deadliest Interstates in United States

Interstate stretches smaller than 10 miles were excluded from the statistical calculations. Below is a list of the Interstate sections in Florida that ranked in the top ten interstates for fatal accidents per mile.

#6 - I-295 (North Florida)

  • 18 Total Accidents
  • 20 Fatalities
  • 6 Accidents per 10 miles

#9 - I-4 (Florida)

  • 32 Total Accidents
  • 33 Fatalities
  • 1 Accident per 10 miles

NOTE - I-95 (Florida)

Although I-95 is one of the nation's most dangerous roads, it runs for more than 400 miles in Florida, and only ranked as the 15th deadliest Interstate, with an accident rate of 1.9 per 10 miles.

The high rate of traffic deaths on Florida Interstate roadways certainly creates a sense of urgency for the development of autonomous vehicles. After all, self-driving cars and trucks are expected to dramatically improve safety records with features that include collision-warning systems. Until then, if you or a loved one is injured or killed due to someone else's negligence, contact a personal injury attorney at Schackow & Mercadante to discuss your best legal options.

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