Two Florida highways are the most dangerous in the country according to federal statistics says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.
You may drive on at least one of them frequently and according to the Auto Insurance Center, sponsored by a group of insurance companies, they are the most dangerous in the country: I-95 and I-10. I-95’s southern end starts in Miami and ends on the Canadian border in Maine while I-10 starts in Jacksonville and goes all the way to Santa Monica, California. They stretch across the country, says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne, but locally they can be very dangerous.
The Auto Insurance Center (AIC) looked at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics and found that in 2014 I-10 was the scene of 278 deaths and I-95 was where 204 people died.
- Florida’s 382-mile stretch of I-95 was the most dangerous road in the country, with the worst rate of fatal accidents, from 2004 to 2008 according to NHTSA reports the Sun Sentinel. Aggressive and distracted drivers along with heavy traffic congestion may have been to blame.
- One of the problems with I-10 is that there are long stretches without barriers between those going in opposite directions. If a driver loses control of a vehicle and heads toward those coming the other way there’s nothing to prevent it.
Florida is not listed as one of the most dangerous or safest five states when it comes to fatal traffic accidents. Wyoming is listed as the worst with 25.7 traffic deaths per 100,000 population and New Jersey is the best at 6.2.
The AIC also has a number of other facts,
- Motor vehicle crashes killed 32,675 people in the U.S. in 2014, which averages out to a fatality about every 16 minutes.
- Driving while impaired by alcohol was a factor in at least 31% of the fatal crashes. The most frequent blood alcohol level was .22%, about 2.5 times higher than the legal limit in most states. Young drivers have the highest risk of being involved in an alcohol related fatality. For those people involved in fatal accidents in 2014, 30% of drivers with blood alcohol content levels of 0.08% or above were 21 to 24 years old.
- More than 1,900 (or 6%) of traffic deaths involved drug use. When lab tests were done on drivers killed in accidents marijuana was present in 900 fatal vehicle crashes, almost half of the total. Other drugs found included cocaine (a factor in 241 fatalities), amphetamines (224 fatalities) and methamphetamine (212 fatalities).
- Based on five years’ worth of data the most dangerous days of the year to drive are July 4, January 1, September 18, August 4 and August 27. Traffic accident deaths on those days are about five times the average.
- The most dangerous time of day to drive is during the afternoon rush hour, between 5:00 and 6:00. Despite this the most dangerous day of the week happens when most of us don’t work, Saturday, with 5,317 deaths, followed by Friday with 4,658.
- July and August are the most dangerous months each with more than 2,700 deaths. The month with the least fatalities is February with 1,917.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a car accident on Florida’s highway system, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 293-2600 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.