Due to its geographical size, population, large number of high-speed highways, and influx of tourists each year, Florida invariably ranks among the top US states for total automobile accidents (if you have been involved in an accident, a personal injury attorney can help), as well as car accident fatalities. According to the FLHSMV, in 2017, there were an eye-popping 402,385 car accidents in the state of Florida, which involved 686,590 people, killing 3,116.

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With roughly 1,100 crashes everyday, and thousands of deaths per year, it is not hard to recognize that Florida is undoubtedly home to some of the most dangerous roads in America. Let’s take a look at Florida’s most dangerous roads, and learn some additional facts about Florida car accidents, in an attempt to increase awareness about the dangers of Florida driving.

Most Fatal Car Accidents By State

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2018, there were 33,654 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the US, in which 36,560 deaths occurred. The data also showed that there were 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.13 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.

The states with the largest number of fatal car accidents in 2018 were:

  1. Texas - 3,305
  2. California - 3,259
  3. Florida - 2,915
  4. Georgia - 1,407
  5. North Carolina - 1,321
  6. Pennsylvania - 1,103
  7. Ohio - 996
  8. Tennessee - 974
  9. South Carolina - 970
  10. Illinois - 948

Florida Counties with the Most Car Accidents

Now that it has been determined that Florida is one of the most accident-prone states in the country, let’s break down the Florida counties which feature the largest numbers of car accidents. It probably shouldn’t surprise you that some of Florida’s most densely populated counties tend to find their way to the top of this list:

  1. Miami-Dade County – 65,509
  2. Broward County – 41,308
  3. Orange County – 30,992
  4. Hillsborough County – 27,900
  5. Duval County – 24,685
  6. Palm Beach County – 23,914
  7. Pinellas County – 17,959
  8. Lee County – 12,695
  9. Polk County – 11,339
  10. Volusia County – 9,509

Miami roads

Miami-Dade County, which contains Miami, Florida's second-most populous city, sits atop the list with over 65,500 wrecks in 2017, an average of around 180 car crashes per day, making it a city that you might want to be extra careful when driving. This figure includes:

  • 43,780 accidents which include property damage
  • 21,452 crashes with injuries
  • 277 fatal crashes
  • 8,841 commercial vehicle/truck accidents
  • 1,525 pedestrian accidents
  • 799 bicycle accidents

Florida’s Most Dangerous Roads

Have you ever wondered which Florida roads have the higest rate of fatalities per mile? Here is a list of the top 10 deadliest roads based on fatalities per mile:

  1. I-95 Express Toll-Little River - Miami
  2. Beach Boulevard - Jacksonville
  3. 66th Street - Largo
  4. I-95 North - Miami
  5. Semoran Boulevard - Casselberry
  6. NW 79th Street - West Little River
  7. W State Hwy 60 - Plant City
  8. 34th Street N - St. Petersburg
  9. NW 54th Street - Miami
  10. Cortez Road W - Bradenton

Interstate-4 (I-4) - Florida’s Most Dangerous Road

According to GPS tracking company, Teletrac Navman, not only is Interstate 4 the most dangerous road in Florida, it is the single most dangerous road in the entire United States. Using federal data, Teletrac Navman discovered that I-4 has 1.25 fatalities per mile!

While there are many accidents across all segments of I-4, the most dangerous stretch of highway runs from Lakeland to Orlando. Since 2016, 775 crashes have occurred just on that one section of I-4. The worst time of day for accidents is around 8:00am, with Saturday’s being the worst day, and August being the worst month.

The stretch of I-4 where you are more likely to be involved in an accident-- the 15-mile drive from Champions Gate to SeaWorld.


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