Florida has one of the highest numbers of licensed drivers in the country. With its beaches, colorful nightlife, and Disney World, the Sunshine State also stands out as a top tourist destination. What does that mean for Florida highways? It means they’re some of the most dangerous in the nation.
Many studies of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data have identified several of Florida’s primary highways and interstates as some of America’s deadliest. These include:
I-75 spans 471 miles from Miami to the border with Georgia. It experienced 47.2 fatal crashes per 100 miles, according to one analysis. Known for its congestion and high crash rates, a Florida Department of Transportation task force warned that sections of I-75 could fail by 2020 without intervention.
I-4 runs from Tampa to Daytona Beach. It was named the most dangerous highway in America in a 2016 report, with 1.41 fatalities per mile over a six-year period.
A study from the company Geotab named US-41, which runs through Tampa, as the second most dangerous highway in the country. There were 714 fatal crashes on US-41 over the past decade, resulting in 772 deaths.
Stretching for nearly 500 miles from Miami to the Georgia border, Geotab also named US-27 the third most dangerous highway in America, with 529 fatal crashes and 614 fatalities. Sadly, US-27 has earned the nickname “Bloody 27” for the number of deadly crashes caused along a narrow stretch of road near Lake Okeechobee. Officials have also noted speeding and distracted driving as a common cause of accidents on the highway.
Keep in mind that every research agency uses its own methods to compute and analyze fatal car accident data. For that reason, results can vary. The most meaningful takeaway is that studies consistently show that no matter what, Florida is home to heavily traveled roads with very high numbers of crashes.