Car and Truck Accidents on I-94 and US-1 Rank Deadliest In Nation
If you live in West Palm Beach, chances are you use Interstate 95 and US 1 on a fairly regular basis. These mega highways are among the busiest in the nation, and they are also among the most deadly. Crowded lanes, high speeds, and reckless driving behaviors all make serious car and truck accidents more likely to occur. The following is information you need to be aware of about the potential dangers, as well as tips on what to do if an accident does occur on Florida’s most dangerous roads.
Car and Truck Accidents In Florida
According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), more than 380,000 car accidents and nearly 5,000 truck accidents occur throughout the state. These figures make Florida roads in general among the most dangerous in the country. In looking at reasons as to why car and truck accidents typically occur, traffic and road safety conditions are a main contributing factor.
In 2016, the Auto Insurance Center poured over state and federal traffic reports, in order to better under the statistics and causes of deadly motor vehicle crashes and collisions in the United States. In addition to looking at the time, day, and month in which car and truck accidents occurred, they also looked at the roads they happened on most frequently. Due to higher rates of speed and the increased number of vehicles, driving in urban areas and on major highways increases your overall accident risks. In looking at major interstates, where deadly crashes often occur, they found that US 1 and I-95 were at the top of the list. Nearly 500 people are killed on these roads each year, while thousands of others suffer serious injuries.
How to Protect Yourself when Driving on Busy Interstates
A recent truck accident on 1-95 in January 2018 highlights the potential dangers. WPTV reported that the accident occurred near Okeechobee Boulevard in the southbound lanes, when a semi truck collided with a bridge, causing fuel to spill and closing three lanes in each direction. Another driver barely missed being killed in the crash when she drove into the trucks cabin-and gas tank-to avert going completely under the rig.
To protect yourself and your passengers against potentially life threatening injuries when driving on the state’s most dangerous roads, follow these tips:
- Obey the speed limit, and go slowly in poor weather or traffic conditions;
- Avoid tailgating other drivers;
- Give trucks plenty of room; as they have large blind spaces which make it harder to see;
- If a truck driver or other motorist is tailgating you, get out of the way rather than getting angry or being confrontational.
If a car or truck accident does occur, notify law enforcement immediately, get information on the other drivers involved, and seek medical attention as soon as possible. For experienced, professional legal help in ensuring you get the compensation you are entitled to, reach out and contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. and request a consultation with our West Palm Beach accident attorney.