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Breaking Down The Most Dangerous Roads In Sarasota & SW Florida

Florida ranks third in fatal auto accidents throughout the entire United States. The year 2020 saw more than 3,000 fatal auto accidents throughout the state of Florida, many occurring on some of the state’s most dangerous roads. What roads are most likely to see auto accidents in Florida? Some ranked the riskiest as of 2022 include:

US-41 from 23rd Ave to Pearl Ave – Located in West Bradenton, US-41 between 23rd Ave and Pearl Ave is one of the deadliest stretches of road in Florida. During the year 2022, this roadway saw 22 fatal accidents, 23 fatalities, and 4.7 auto accidents per mile.

US-19 from Denton Ave to San Marco Dr – Located in Pasco County, US-19 from Denton Ave to San Marco Dr saw 25 fatal accidents during 2022, and around 5 crashes per mile on the 4.9 mile stretch of roadway.

US-19 from 54th Ave N. to Queensboro Ave S. – The 4.7 mile stretch of US-19 between 54th Ave N. and Queensboro Ave S. in St. Petersburg, Florida saw 20 fatal accidents in 2022. This averages to be about 4.3 fatal auto accidents per mile.

SR-580 from Webb Rd to W. Waters Ave – The 4.8 mile stretch of SR-580 in Tampa, between Webb Rd and W. Waters Ave saw 18 fatal accidents during the year 2022. The average crash per mile statistic is 3.7.

US-19 from Lake Tarpon Dr to Royal Blvd – Located in Pinellas County, US-19 between Lake Tarpon Dr and Royal Blvd, a 4.4-mile distance, saw 17 fatal accidents throughout 2022. This stretch of roadway sees an average of 3.8 crashes per mile.

US-19 from Embassy Blvd to Marine Parkway – The 4.4 mile stretch of roadway between Embassy Blvd and Marine Parkway in New Port Richey saw 17 fatal accidents and 19 total fatalities during 2022.

What Are The Accident Trends On These Dangerous Roadways?

What makes these roadways dangerous? It’s not the geography of these Florida roads, but the attentiveness and habits of the drivers that use them. Drunk driving was involved in 21% of all fatal accidents in Florida in 2022, which outnumbers those caused by speeding and distracted driving. Of the 8,792 fatal accidents that occurred in Florida between the years 2017 and 2019, 1,888 were directly caused by drinking and driving.

It’s not drinking and driving alone that has driven fatal auto accidents up on Florida’s roadways. Speeding is another big factor in auto accidents throughout the state; a habit that many drivers may not think much of on roads they consider themselves familiar with. Between the years 2017 and 2019, speeding factored into 9% of fatal auto accidents throughout the state.

Distracted driving is another driving factor, and one that is not solely a Florida problem. With the rise of smartphones and smart devices installed into vehicles today, distracted driving has become a bigger problem than ever before. Between the years 2017 and 2019, distracted driving was a direct contributing factor in 8% of fatal auto accidents in Florida. In 2019, Florida enacted the Hands-Free Law in an effort to curb distracted driving trends throughout the state.

Accidents Happen And It Pays To Be Prepared

Whether you’re driving down US-41 in Bradenton, or on any busy road throughout Florida, it pays to be diligent not just while behind the wheel, but diligently prepared as well. Accidents happen, and it pays to be prepared with the support of a skilled and experienced auto accident attorney in Florida. To learn more about what representation can do for you and your accident case, contact us at

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Breaking Down The Most Dangerous Roads In Sarasota & SW Florida

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