While car accident deaths have actually decreased over the last 10 years, some cities in the U.S. are still present significantly riskier traffic conditions than others. The top 10 most dangerous cities to drive in (based on car accident death rates in each city) are:

  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Memphis, Tenn.
  3. Glendale, Tenn.
  4. Miami, Fla.
  5. Las Vegas, Nev.
  6. Birmingham, Ala.
  7. Sacramento, Calif.
  8. Tampa, Fla.
  9. San Antonio, Texas
  10. Jacksonville, Fla.

Florida Takes the Cake

The great state of Florida has the arguable privilege of being home to the most lethal traffic in the US with Orlando in the top spot. On top of that, we’ve got 3 more representatives in the top 10 most dangerous cities with Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville in spots 4, 8, and 10.

Separate from this list, Florida is also home to the country’s most dangerous highway, the I-95.

What Makes Florida Traffic so Dangerous?

Florida has such a high traffic death rate due to a combination of factors, the most significant of which are…

Congestion

Florida’s major cities offer some of the most congested traffic in the country, Miami and Tampa are both listed in the top 100 most congested places in North America. With the average 30-minute drive in Orlando being delayed by about 17 minutes due to traffic, there are plenty of opportunities for drivers to get distracted or irritable enough to do something unsafe.

Motorcycle Safety

Not only do we have a lot of motorcyclists on the road, only about 50% of riders regularly wear a helmet. Always make sure you have a DOT compliant helmet!

We’re not looking out for Pedestrians

Florida ranks #1 in the entire country for pedestrian deaths with nearly 500 people killed in 2010. Make sure you look twice before you turn that corner!

We Don’t Wear Seatbelts

Wear your seatbelt! About 50% of people killed in Florida car crashes weren’t buckled up. While you might still have to deal with some of the symptoms of whiplash or other spinal stress injuries, that seat belt will prevent you from hitting your head on the dashboard or being ejected through the windshield.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, or Tampa, make sure that you give us a call at 1-800-INJURED, and let us connect you to local car accident lawyers and medical centers that’ll take care of you and make sure that you get all the help that you’re entitled to.


Category: Car Accidents