Florida’s Deadly Highway
By Lynn Fugaro, Staff Writer
Millions of Floridians and tourists to the Sunshine State must contend with one of the deadliest highways in the country—Interstate 4, which has three especially dangerous sections in Florida:
- In the Plant City area: Here, Floridians saw 388 accidents in 2016-2017 over a period of 22 months. When did most of those accidents occur? You guessed it. Rush hour between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.; Sunday was the most dangerous day of the week, and August was the most dangerous month during the period.
- Lakeland to Disney: Since 2016, this dangerous stretch of highway saw a staggering 755 traffic accidents, and on this part of Interstate 4, the most dangerous times were around 8:00 a.m.; Saturday was the most accident-prone day. Again, August saw the most accidents, which is not surprising considering how many tourists come from all over the world during the late summer weeks. There’s a very specific area in this stretch of Interstate 4, between Champions Gate and Sea World that is actually considered the worst 15 miles of highway in the country.
- Around Tampa: Since January 2016, there have been 503 accidents from Malfunction Junction to I-75 on this deadly roadway, with most of those accidents taking place between7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; Fridays saw the most traffic accidents, with people rushing to get home for the weekend or out of town for some R and R. The most dangerous part of Interstate in this area was determined to be the stretch by the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and the Florida State Fairgrounds.
With the increase in distracted driving on all highways in Florida and across the US, all drivers should remember to drive defensively. And drivers on Interstate 4 should be on particularly high alert.
If you’ve been the victim of a negligent driver or suffered due to someone’s recklessness behind the wheel, you know how devastating car accidents can be. Victims of drunk and distracted drivers may be able to recover compensation for their injuries by hiring an experienced personal injury attorney. Why should you have to pay for medical expenses, property damage suffer lost wages that came about through no fault of your own? You shouldn’t.
If you live in Florida and have been injured on Interstate 4 or if you were visiting the state and lost a loved one in a tragic car accident, there is legal help just a phone call away. You must hold the driver responsible for the pain and suffering he caused you and your loved ones. The attorneys at Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter are based in Orlando and represent accident victims throughout Florida, including people injured on Interstate 4.