Some car accidents are inevitable. But there are some areas in Tampa where crashes are more likely. A local advocacy group, All For Transportation, recently delved into crash statistics and identified the most problematic intersections.
The purpose of the study is to encourage government leaders to make road and highway improvements in Tampa and Hillsborough County. In the meantime, you can protect yourself and the ones you love by exercising caution when driving in these areas.
Tampa’s Most Hazardous Intersections
All for Transportation ranked the intersections by the number of crashes that occurred over a 15-month period. Commuters may be unsurprised to learn that intersections involving Waters Avenue West appeared multiple times and near the top of the rankings.
Here are the Terrible 10:
- Sheldon Rd./Waters Ave. W. (Town ‘N’ Country)
- Anderson Rd./Waters Ave. W. (Town ‘N’ Country)
- Waters Ave W./Hanley Rd (Town ‘N’ Country)
- Hillsborough Ave W./Sheldon Rd. (Town ‘N’ Country)
- 301 HW S/Gibsonton Dr. (Riverview)
- Waters Ave./Himes Ave. N. (Tampa)
- 301 HW S./Big Bend Rd. (Riverview)
- Bruce B. Downs Bl./Fletcher Ave. E. (Tampa)
- Bloomingdale Ave./Bell Shoals Rd. (Brandon)
- Bloomingdale Ave./Providence Rd. (Brandon)
Tampa Car Accident Statistics
Sadly, Florida is the worst state for fatalities caused by intersection crashes. In addition, people are sitting in traffic more because of unsafe roads, more cars, worse congestion, and drivers running traffic lights.
To underscore the problem of more congestion, the U.S. Census Bureau recently came out with average commute times for Hillsborough County, including Tampa. Commute times have increased by 10 percent to 30 minutes, double the national average.
To address these problems, All for Transportation recommends redesigned intersections with roundabouts, as well as better street lighting, smarter signals, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and curb extensions.
What to Do After a Tampa Car Accident
After a car wreck, it’s hard to know what to do first. Here are some tips:
- Seek medical attention right away. Call 911 if necessary. It’s still important to follow up with a doctor even if you don’t feel hurt. Some medical conditions are not immediately apparent and can cause trouble later.
- Take notes at the scene. Gather insurance and contact information. Take photos if possible, including injuries and damage to the vehicle.
- Contact an experienced car accident lawyer. An attorney can contact the insurance company and manage all communications for you.