Two well-known highways for drivers in The Villages and across the region landed on a new list of “deadliest” in the country.
Interstate 4 and Interstate 95 in Florida made the list, compiled by Find by Plate, which tracks accident and traffic violation information by license plate. Another Sunshine State road, U.S. 1, topped the list based on risks for drivers traveling the road in South Florida.
I-4 and I-95 are two of the most commonly traveled roads in the region. Find by Plate identified a number of factors increasing the risk for everyone on these and other “deadliest” roads, from driver error and distraction - like tinkering with cell phones behind the wheel - to the sheer volume of traffic.
“Risk factors for fatal traffic accidents range from the driver’s age and gender (teen drivers and males are more likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents) to the inappropriate use of seat belts, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, distracted driving, and drowsy driving,” Find by Plate said.
I-4 ranked as the third-deadliest road, based on fatalities per mile. The 1.41 fatalities per mile on the road connecting Daytona Beach to Tampa were the result of various factors. Find by Plate specifically cited the number of tourists hitting this stretch of road, as well as distracted driving risks.
The stretch of I-95 that runs from Jacksonville to Miami, which also has been previously cited on the “deadliest” list, was ranked 17th worst this time around. The 382-mile highway saw more fatal accidents per mile over a five-year period than any other road in the U.S., according to federal records.
“Accidents on this highway are frequently serious, involving multiple vehicles and high-speed crashes,” Find by Plate said.
Injured in a Car Accident? Know Your Rights
Anyone who has been injured in a car accident in Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the crash, whether it is a negligent driver, a malfunctioning car manufacturer or another party.
In the tragic event that a person dies in a crash, his or her loved ones have the right to seek similar compensation for wrongful death.
No amount of money will ever be able to turn back the clock and prevent a collision from happening. The monetary damages typically involved in these cases are instead meant to ease much of the financial burden that often comes with a car accident.
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