America has its share of deadly roadways, and three of the worst offenders are in Florida. And as you guessed, one of those dangerous thoroughfares is right here in the Tampa Bay area.
Florida has had expensive auto insurance rates for years, and with roads like US Route 1, I-95 and our own I-4, it’s easy to see why. Florida’s insurance rates rank 2nd nationwide and it’s because of the deadly traffic on our most traveled roadways. Interstate 95 stretches from Miami all the way into Maine and is 17th most deadly road in the United States. The most crashes on 95 are around Miami and Palm Beach County. The high crash number is attributed to a very high daily flow of traffic around the larger cities. Most of the crashes involved multiple cars and high speed.
Many of you who live in the Bay may think I-4 is at the very top of the deadly list, but it’s not. Interstate 4 still made a strong showing, however, coming in at number three on the list. Most of the crashes on I-4 involved distracted drivers. Read that last sentence again. While the entire road is only 132 miles, the ratio of drivers to crashes is extremely high. Most wrecks are blamed on tourists who are driving rental cars. Those drivers are often distracted by tourist attractions that surround the interstate in the Orlando area. But there’s one road in Florida that is more dangerous than all of the others. In fact, it’s the most dangerous road in the entire United States, and that’s US Route 1.
U.S. Route 1 spans the entire eastern coast of Florida and the Florida Keys. It’s a straight shot with few curves or turns, and that encourages drivers to speed up to make time. a particularly difficult area to navigate is the Overseas Highway, where traffic leaves Miami and is diverted onto the Keys. The area can be difficult to figure out when you’ve not been there before. Source: WFLA.com
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