According to the website The Daily Beast, Florida is home to the three most dangerous and deadly highways in the nation. In fact, the website ranks the I-95 as the most deadly road in the US, due to the high number of fatal Florida trucking accidents and other traffic accidents on this particular road. The Orlando Business Journal reports that Florida’s I-4 is also among the deadliest in the nation, with more fatal Florida car accidents and serious accidents than most other roads in the country.
The Daily Beast and The Orlando Business Journal compiled their data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to The Daily Beast, between 2004 and 2008, the 100 days where most car accidents and truck accidents take place are in June, July, and August, making this season the most dangerous for drivers. During these three months between 2004 and 2008, 50,765 fatal traffic accidents took place. While highway fatal accidents have been decreasing nationally over the past five years, the summer months still usually bring a sharp spike in Florida truck accidents and car accidents.
The I-95 in Florida was dubbed by researchers as the deadliest highway in the nation because between 2004 and 2008, 662 fatal Florida car accidents and truck accidents took place over the 382.15 m stretch that the I-95 covers. The 132.39 mile I-4 in Florida saw 209 fatal Florida truck accidents and car accidents in the same period. The 470.88 miles of the I-75 saw 536 fatal Florida traffic accidents between 2004 and 2008.
In many cases, Florida car accidents on these roads are in fact car-truck collisions. Large interstates are where trucks and cars tend to share the road most, and unless both car and truck drivers are very careful, accidents can easily occur. Trucks take longer to stop than passenger vehicles and have many blind spots. These differences need to be respected by all drivers to help prevent accidents on Florida’s roads. Car-truck collisions on the I-4, I-95, I-75 and other large highways are likely to be fatal. The high speed at which vehicles travel on these roadways, coupled with the disparity in size and force between trucks and cars create dangerous collisions.
However, even if you do not drive on the I-4, I-95, or I-75, you cannot be complacent. Florida truck accidents can and do occur on just about every street. In fact, statistically, the streets you drive most often are also the riskiest for you. You are more likely to be in a Florida truck accident or car accident on the highways and streets you drive each day. Even in familiar surroundings, it is important to keep alert and stay aware of other trucks and drivers on the road.