Florida has a history of significant numbers of traffic accidents each year. Florida had the third highest number of traffic fatalities in the nation in 2012, second only to Texas and California, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
A new list published by TIME shows that Florida is, unfortunately, living up to its reputation. Of TIME’s list of the top 12 most dangerous intersections in the America, nearly 50 percent of the intersections that made the list are located in Florida. According to the study each of the Florida intersections saw six fatal crashes from 2003 to 2012. That is just one fatal crash less than the most dangerous intersection in America.
12 Most Dangerous Intersections in America
TIME analyzed nearly a decade’s worth of traffic accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The statistics show that the following 12 intersections are the most dangerous, i.e., have the most fatalities, in the nation.
- PA: Intersection of Knights Road and Street Road in Bensalem
- NJ: Intersection of East Jersey Street and Spring Street in Elizabeth
- MO: Intersection of North Grand Boulevard and Montgomery Street in St. Louis
- NC: Intersection of Patton Avenue and New Leicester Highway in Asheville
- SC: Intersection of North Highway 17 and Seewee Road in Awendaw
- MS: Intersection of Route 63 and Route 98 in Lucedale
- ME: Intersection of Allen Street and Route 2 in Wilton
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Dangerous Florida Intersections
Intersection of State Road 40 and State Road 19 in Astor
Intersection of North Semoran Boulevard and Old Cheney Highway in Orlando
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Intersection of Vista Del Lago Boulevard and Route 192 in Kissimmee
Intersection of South Scenic Highway and County Road 700 in Frostproof
Intersection of Hialeah Gardens Boulevard and North Okeechobee Road in Hialeah Gardens
Reasons Intersections are So Dangerous
Intersections are dangerous for numerous reasons, one of which is volume, or congestion. A higher number of vehicles, cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians means greater risk of crashing. Florida is heavily populated, and thus has a high risk of crashes.
Below are a few other contributing factors common to the most dangerous intersections.
- Poor or lack of signage
- Dim or inadequate lighting
- Discontinuous sidewalks
- Aggressive and distracted drivers
- Complicated road layouts
Reducing the Risks at Intersections
As a driver, you can reduce your risk of an accident at an intersection by staying attentive; following the speed limit, traffic control signals and other traffic rules; and always proceeding with caution through an intersection.
In some cases, what’s most needed to reduce the risks at intersections is a complete overhaul of the roadway design. The Federal Highway Administration recommends the following engineering countermeasures to reduce some of the dangers at intersections.
- Ensure the lighting is adequate
- Address intentional violations
- Reduce the need to stop
- Improve signal visibility
- Increase the size of the lights
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