I-75 One of the 5 Most Dangerous HighwaysDecember 28, 2016 | Category: Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents | Share
Stretching from Florida to Michigan and passing through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, I-75, according to a new study by the financial website ValuePenguin.com, is one of the most dangerous roads in America ranking fifth. On average 47.2 fatal crashes are reported per 100 miles which is based on the amount and frequency of fatal crashes from 2011 to 2015 using NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
In Florida, the number of fatalities on I-75 has gone up from this time last year. In Lee County, 91 people lost their lives so far this year. At this time last year, the number was 83, according to NBC-2.
There are faces behind the statistics. A 29-year-old Port Charlotte woman died in a crash November 17, 2016 on I-75 near the Colonial Boulevard exit. Troopers said the woman was heading south in a Honda Civic when the vehicle next to her began to change lanes. She took evasive action, but lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a semi-truck that was parked in the emergency lane. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
What makes I-75 so deadly?
The busiest roads are often in states with the highest populations. The Federal Highway Administration says that California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Michigan are home to the busiest interstates in the country. I-75 runs through three of these states. The agency confirms that there is a tendency for drivers to engage in risky behavior with so many vehicles on the road.
What are risky driving behaviors?
The Tampa Bay Times reported in October 2015 on the following risky behaviors:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
Aggressive driving: Drivers do not always obey speed limits, and often take chances weaving in and out of traffic. In Florida, an aggressive driver can get a traffic citation for aggressive driving, but there is a catch. An officer must see at least two of these behaviors: following too closely, speeding, improper passing or lane changes, ignoring traffic signals, or failure to yield the right of way.
Distracted driving: Although Florida has laws designed to discourage motorists from texting, using their cellphones, or participating in any other distracting behaviors while driving, it is often very difficult for officials to enforce these laws. Florida law has distracted driving as a secondary offense, meaning a motorist must be pulled over for a primary offense traffic violation before a law officer can ticket them for distracted driving. Other states such as Georgia, classify distracted driving as a primary offense, making it easier for police officers to enforce the law on their roads.
Construction: Construction is another concern. On multiple parts of I-75, it is not surprising to see orange cones and machinery. The combination of the cones, machinery and traffic can cause problems.
When using I-75, keep these highway driving safety tips from Allstate in mind:
- Watch Your Speed
Travel at the posted speed limit in good conditions, and adjust your speed when the going gets rough. Factors like ice, rain and snow, as well as construction and bumper-to-bumper traffic, are all indicators that you may need to slow down.
- Maintain a Safe Following Distance
Nobody likes being tailgated, and if the driver in front of you has to come to a quick stop, following too closely could have dangerous consequences.
- Keep Right
On many highways, the left lane is considered the passing lane, so if you are not overtaking a slower-moving vehicle, stay in the right lane.
- Maximize Your Visibility
Turn on your headlights when the sun sets or whenever you use your windshield wipers, and make sure that your windshield, windows and all exterior lights are clean.
- Be Alert and Well-Rested
Good road manners start with you, so do not get distracted by things like your smartphone, and give the highway your undivided attention. Stop to stretch every couple hours and avoid drowsy driving.
“Driving requires our full attention to avoid accidents on I-75 or any roadway. Should you be injured in a vehicle crash, contact our experienced team of attorneys at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. We will assist you, and there are no costs or attorney fees until you win,” said Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney, Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney,Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just 1 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.