Most Dangerous Roads in South Florida
Everyone loves to visit or live in South Florida. Unfortunately, one of the prices we pay is having one of the highest car accident rates in Florida. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle reports that in 2019, the motor vehicle accident rate of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties totaled 135,074–amounting to 33.6 percent of all car accidents in Florida. But some stretches of road are more dangerous than others. If you're in South Florida, here are roads where you need to remain especially alert.
Interstate 95 is well known to be one of the most dangerous roads in South Florida–and in the country. The highway stretches the length of Florida's eastern coast, running 382-miles from the Georgia border, ending in Miami. According to one report, 77 of the 463 deaths occurring on this road between 2015 and 2019 occurred in Palm Beach county. Another report indicates that the stretch through Miami-Dade and Broward has 1.73 fatal accidents per mile. Tragically, a West Palm Beach teen recently lost her life on I-95, just south of Belvedere Road, after losing control of her vehicle.
The Florida Turnpike is a toll road that passes through 11 counties, starting in Miami and ending in Orlando. These two cities are among the most visited in the state, and the Turnpike, also known as the Sunshine State Parkway, attracts roughly three million drivers per day. It also attracts many fast drivers and vacation-goers and collects an unfortunate amount of road debris, all of which can make driving conditions hazardous. If you take the Turnpike, minimize your exposure to heavy traffic by traveling on it early in the morning.
Interstate 75 is a 471-mile highway, running from Miami, through “Alligator Alley” (the Everglades Parkway), then heads north toward Naples. The route is one of the most dangerous in Florida, with crashes, sometimes deadly ones, occurring nearly daily. Earlier this year, a 57-year old man pedestrian crossing I-75 died when a car traveling south struck him just south of Miramar Parkway.
Alton Road/ State Road 907
The major highways in South Florida aren't the only roads worth your concern. Be particularly attentive when driving on Alton Road (State Road 907), which runs north-south in Miami Beach, stretching 5.6 miles. This road is so busy with cars and pedestrians that even a split-second of inattention could land you in a deadly accident–which, unfortunately, often occurs. When driving on this road, take special care to avoid excessive speeds, distracted driving, and driving under the influence. It can save your life.
Hiring a Car Accident Attorney in Southern Florida
If you've been injured in a car accident on one of the South Florida roadways, you need to consult with an experienced attorney. The attorneys at Bottari & Doyle, P.A. are ready to listen to you and fight for the compensation you deserve. Call 561-588-2781 today for a free consultation.