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Florida gets a lot of flack for being amongst the worst car accident states in the nation – but it truly isn’t as bad as people think. Luckily, Yahoo ranked us number 20 in its “Buckle Up: All 50 States, Ranked by How Likely You Are to Die in a Car Accident.” C’mon – that’s not too terrible considering it was out of fifty.

Nevertheless, we Floridians need to be more careful, more concerned, and more vigilant of the areas within our state most prone to traffic accidents – because the numbers do continue to climb. A recent report issued by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, showed an increase of 8.7% in average crashes per day from 943, in 2014 to 1,025, in 2015. And fatalities increased almost 18%.
But perhaps the key is to stay away from certain cities?

For tourists and residents alike it would be nearly impossible to stay away from marvelous Miami. Yet it comes in as amongst the very worst. In 2013, The Huffington Post reported Miami had the country’s worst drivers ranking it first in auto fatalities. The suburb of Miami, Hialeah came in third for its notoriety of hitting pedestrians.

Sadly it doesn’t seem like much has improved since Allstate Insurance Company has ranked Miami number one and Hialeah number five on its 2016 worst drivers in Florida list. Although Hialeah is high on the Florida tally, it dropped 64 places nationally so driving safety has improved there.
In 2012, the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area was amongst the worst in the country for fatal car crashes due to the usual reasons of population, drunk driving, bad driving and extreme traffic. The numbers have improved but Tampa’s accident likelihood is still a whooping 23% higher than the national average, while St. Petersburg is 2.3% higher than the national average. However, this area collectively is ranked at the top on Accident Data Center.

Jacksonville falls on “America’s deadliest stretch of highway” apparently and was the location to several fatal accidents between 2014 and 2015. Although the highway, Interstate 95, runs through 15 states, Florida is the most dangerous part of the thoroughfare. In fact, Federal data from 2015 shows that Florida’s section of I-95 has the highest fatality rate of any road, anywhere in this country.

Finally, there’s Orlando. Home of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the rest of the gang. Of course with all those tourists there will be traffic and, what naturally follows is, a high car accident rate. But I’m not going to ruin the “happiest place on earth” for you. Whether it’s Disney or South Beach, be keen to your surroundings, be safe, and as always – drive smart.

For more on safe driving, contact the personal injury specialists at , Goldman, Babboni Frenandez & Walsh. We are here to help you navigate the roads of Florida safely. Schedule an appointment now for a free case review at [email protected].

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.

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