Attention Florida Drivers: I-95 Named Deadliest Highway in the U.S.

July 21, 2010
By Dan Irving , Esq. on July 21, 2010 2:39 PM | | Comments (0)

Distracted drivers. Traffic congestion. Speeding. This happens on Florida's I-95 every day, and it may come as no surprise to Florida drivers that this highway is the deadliest road in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). At 1.73 fatal car accidents per mile from 2004 to 2008, Florida's 382-mile highway tops the list of the most dangerous roads, which also ranks Florida's I-4 at number 3, according to further analysis by The Daily Beast.

Distractions such as cell phones and vehicle navigation systems, combined with the high volume of traffic on I-95, are a dangerous combination and increase the likelihood of getting into an accident, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Florida auto accidents involving distracted drivers resulted in 1,436 injuries and 15 deaths in 2008, according to a Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles report. Distractions such as texting while driving reduce a driver's reaction time and can cause serious, sometimes fatal, auto accidents. Congested roadways are also an issue, but adding more lanes to I-95 is no longer an option, according to The Florida Department of Transportation.

Summer is often the time when families take road trips, which leads to busier roadways. The summer months have been called the most dangerous months for drivers, the "100 deadliest days," according to Road Safe America, an organization that promotes highway safety and also offers safety tips for drivers. According to the NHTSA, 50,765 deadly car accidents occurred in the U.S. from June through August of 2004 to 2008.

Dan Irving is a Coral Springs car accident attorney and a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling injury and accident cases for more than 29 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on AVVO, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.

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