The 5 Most Dangerous Roads in Miami
No one enjoys the traffic in Miami. Our drivers are notorious for loosely following many traffic regulations, speeding, and other traffic issues. However, this also means that Florida residents suffered around 391,841 car crashes in 2017, with around 64,399 (around 16.4%) of those crashes occurring in Miami-Dade County. The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked have assembled the following driving statistics for Miami to discuss which roads are the most dangerous. If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact Miami car accident lawyer Prosper Shaked today for a free consultation on your case.
Miami’s Most Deadly Roads and Highways
Miami’s highways and streets are some of the most dangerous in South Florida. With a high population concentration, Miami and its neighbors see hundreds of fatal car accidents each year. In 2017, there were 271 fatal car accidents in Florida, resulting in 283 car accident deaths. We selected which roads were the “most dangerous” by looking at accident statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and fatal accident stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Much of the FARS data comes from their 2016 statistics, since that is the most recent year with full stats. Ranked by number of fatal car accidents, these 5 roads are the most dangerous roads in Miami:
It’s no surprise that I-95 is one of the deadliest roads in South Florida. In Miami-Dade County alone, there were 12 deadly accidents on I-95 in 2016. Interstate 95 runs 382 miles down most of the length of Florida, ending at Route 1 in Miami. In Miami, I-95 is known for heavy commuter traffic. No matter where you’re going, you can always expect delays – and probably see a few accidents along the way. Because of this, I-95 takes the top spot for most dangerous roads in Miami.
State Road 826/Palmetto Expressway
Florida’s SR 826 carries over 250,000 vehicles each day, making it another of the most traveled routes in Florida. 826 links Route 1 in Pinecrest to A1A in Sunny Isles Beach, but the most traveled section of the route is the Palmetto Expressway. The Palmetto Expressway links Hialeah, Miami Lakes, and Miami, providing commuters with plenty of access to the area. This makes travel on this road a necessity for many, and more travel means more accidents. In 2016, there were 8 deadly car accidents on SR 826.
US Route 1
US Route 1 runs from Florida all the way to the US-Canada border. 545 of its 2,369 miles of road are within the State of Florida. Route 1 also had 8 deadly accidents in 2016, tying SR 826/The Palmetto Expressway for second deadliest road in Miami. Route 1 in the Miami area changes names from the Dixie Highway to the South Dixie Highway, before becoming Biscayne Boulevard (which had 2 deadly car crashes of its own in 2016). It continues through Miami proper, and is even a residential road at times. Most of the accidents that occur on roads like these are often highway accidents.
SR 821/Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike
Commonly known as HEFT or the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, the southern extension of the FL Turnpike is a 47.8-mile-long highway that runs through Miami. This route is a common alternate route in and out of Miami, and it is seen as many as a less stressful traffic route than taking Route 1 or I-95. Unfortunately, the secret is not well kept, and thousands travel this route each day. In 2016, the HEFT had 7 fatal accidents, putting it just behind Route 1 and the Palmetto Expressway.
US Route 441
Route 441 cuts from the southern tip of the state, northwestward across the center of the state. Overall, this makes it 939 miles long as it crosses into Georgia and Tennessee. Fortunately, 441 is local highway throughout much of the state, and it does not see as many accidents as other highways. In the Miami area, 441 is also known as State Road 7, and cuts North through Hialeah, Miami Gardens, and beyond. Functioning as a local route and a commuter route, Route 441 had 6 fatal auto accidents in 2016. With traffic lights and intersections with other roads, Route 441 is also susceptible to intersection accidents and T-bone car crashes.
Bird Road runs straight through the heart of downtown Miami, connecting Route 1 and the HEFT. This places Bird Road right along many of the commuter routes already discussed. With 5 deadly car accidents in 2016, Bird Road is not as dangerous as some of the other roads on this list. However, it is the first on this list that is more of a purely local road than a highway or expressway.
Miami, Florida Deadly Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one received serious injuries in a car crash, or if you lost a loved one to an automobile accident, it is important to take your case to a car accident lawyer. Miami personal injury lawyer and motor vehicle accident attorney Prosper Shaked represents injured victims and their families in lawsuits to recover compensation for their car accident claims. For a free consultation on your case, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today at (305) 690-0244.