If you watch the nightly news, or read the local news online, it is almost guaranteed that one of the headlines will be about a massive or deadly car accident on I-95. Even during the Covid 19 pandemic when cars travelling on I-95 dipped to an all time low level, the rate of car accidents on I 95 remained high. Why is I 95 such a dangerous road? Our Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers provided the following info in order to keep our clients safe.
I-95 Accident Statistics
A recent article by the Sun-Sentinel has some startling statistics about I 95:
- Since 2014, Florida Highway Patrol Troopers have written 38% fewer tickets over five years, while fatal car accidents on I 95 have jumped 41%. More than 100 people died on I 95 in Florida in 2018, an average of 1 car accident death every 3 days.
- I 95 in Florida accounts for more than a third of all fatal car accidents on I 95 from Miami to Maine even though 80% of the I 95 lies outside Florida.
- Florida lags behind most states nationwide in terms of understaffing of troopers, and in rate of pay for troopers.
- There are fewer troopers covering I-95 today than there were 20 years ago. In St. Johns County, there is one trooper for every 12,000 cars. In Broward County, there is one trooper for ever 26,000 cars.
- The busiest sections of I 95 are overloaded. The busiest section of I -95 is between Sunrise Boulevard and Davie Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Every day almost 321,000 cars travel this stretch, almost 90,000 cars more than the road was designed for.
- The Sun Sentinel reported that a review of the graveyard shift – from 10 PM to 6 AM – primetime for drunk drivers and speeders, there were occasions where there was no Florida Highway patrolmen assigned to I 95
Where are the most dangerous sections of I 95?
- Glades Road interchange
- Sunrise Boulevard interchange
- Broward Boulevard interchange
- Stirling Road and Sheridan Road interchanges
- Hallandale Beach Boulevard Interchange
- NW 135 Street
- NW 103 Street
A Lack of Monitoring May Lead to Reckless Driving on Florida Highways
Keep in mind that while the State of Florida has neglected I 95 in terms of providing law enforcement on I 95, many other highways in the state have seen an increase in law enforcement during the same time. For instance, Alligator Alley and Florida’s Turnpike have Florida Highway Patrol Troopers that are dedicated strictly to those roads. I-4, an interstate highway that runs from Tampa across the State to Daytona Beach, also received a squad of dedicated Florida Highway Patrol Troopers even though there are not as many deadly car accidents on I -4 as there are in I – 95. The Sun Sentinel reported that I 95 has gotten so dangerous with car accidents that some Troopers are even afraid to pull over during busy traffic hours.
The result of less law enforcement on I 95 has resulted in reckless drivers knowing they can get away with bad behavior. Cars traveling at high rates of speed, cars drag racing on I 95, swerving in and out of traffic, drunk driving, and underage driving all go unchecked due to limited law enforcement. Recently, Florida Highway Patrol came upon a stretch of I 95 in Boynton Beach that cars had blocked off from normal traffic so that people driving souped up cars could spin donuts in the middle of I 95.
What can you do to protect you and your loved ones from a bad car accident on I 95?
- Avoid the most dangerous intersections if possible
- Take extra precaution for vehicles entering and exiting I 95 near major interchanges, particularly the top spots mentioned above
- Reduce your speed with heavy congestion
- Wear your seatbelt and have everyone in your car wear their seatbelt
- Report reckless driving to *347 (FHP)