Interstate roadways are useful for drivers to get from one place to another and to deliver goods to businesses and individuals. However, when there is a long stretch of road where many vehicles travel, it is inevitable that there will be accidents. Unfortunately, many of these accidents result in a fatality. Studies are often undertaken to try and determine which of these roads are the most dangerous. Recent research has shown that two of the top 10 dangerous roadways in the United States are in Florida.
The study used information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for incidents involving a fatal car crash, truck crash and other vehicles from 2013. Approximately 90 people die each day on the nation’s roadways. On major interstates across the country, there were 2,867 fatal crashes in that year. The number of accidents within 10 miles of particular roadways led to the determination as to which are considered the most deadly.
The highest number of fatal accidents occurred on Interstate 285 in Georgia in which there were 3.5 crashes for every 10 miles. On Interstate 295 in Florida, there were 2.6 accidents for every 10 miles. It ranked sixth. Interstate 4 in Florida was ranked ninth with 32 crashes and 33 deaths for every 10 miles. Of all interstates across the country, I-4 covered the most ground of all roadways that made the list at more than 150 miles.
When people head out on the road in Florida, the last thing they or their family is expecting is that they will be the ones who become part of these statistics and are killed in a fatal accident. As these numbers show, it does happen quite frequently. Those who have been confronted with the loss of a loved one need to understand their rights to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit with help from an attorney.
Source: Patch.com, “Report: Florida Has 2 of the Deadliest Interstates,” Sherri Lonon, Nov. 9, 2015