If you live or have driven in Pinellas County for any length of time it should be no surprise that U.S. 19 is the road that experiences more car accidents than any other in the county. In fact, according to SunStar EMS eight of the top 25 crash intersections are along the U.S. 19 corridor with the intersection at Tampa Road being the most crashes of any intersection followed by Curlew Road which is in the same vicinity.
Intersections are supposed to help prevent congestion by easing the flow of traffic. Unfortunately, some intersections are so poorly designed that they confuse drivers instead of helping them. This is especially common in four way intersections that contain multiple lanes and turn lanes. A prime example is the intersection of Gulf to Bay and Belcher. This busy intersection has 80,000 cars pass through it each day and it was reported that between January 2009 and December 2013, 153 crashes occurred here.
What are the Common Causes of Intersection Accidents in Florida?
In 2010, 829 people died in Florida intersection car collisions, with running red lights the leading cause in urban areas. The following are the most common causes of Florida accidents at intersections:
Following too closely
- Speeding or sudden and erratic speed changes
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Improper or erratic lane changing
- Dangerous passing and merging
- Failing to come to a full stop at a red light before making a right turn
- Making a right turn at a red light when a sign prohibits right turns
- Driving under the influence
- Obstructed views
- Weather conditions
Dangerous Intersections We Get Calls About at Our Firm
Aside from U.S. 19 and Gulf to Bay, two other major roadways where a lot of traffic accidents occur are I-275 and Ulmerton Road. There are more fatal crashes on these four roads than anywhere else in Pinellas County. At our firm, we get a lot of calls about intersection crashes. Some of these include pedestrian collisions and cycling accidents. Here is just a short list of the major intersections we get calls about:
- U.S. 19 and Tampa Rd.
- U.S. 19 and Curlew Rd.
- U.S. 19 and Countryside Blvd.
- U.S. 19 and Alderman Rd.
- U.S. 19 and Ulmerton Rd.
- I-275 and 4th Street N.
- I-275 and 22nd Ave. N.
- I-275 and Gandy Blvd.
- I-275 and 54th Ave.
- I-275 and Ulmerton Rd.
- Seminole Blvd. and Park Blvd.
For the entire list of the Top 25 Most Crash Prone Intersections compiled by SunStar Paramedics, click here.
Have You Been Injured in a Clearwater Car Accident?
If you have sustained injuries or lost a loved in a Florida intersection crash due to the actions of another driver, you deserve to receive financial compensation. Even if you feel the other driver was at fault, the claims adjuster may deny your claim or make a lowball offer that doesn’t come close to covering your medical expenses and other expenses related to the accident. At a stressful time like this, it’s a good idea to call an experienced car accident attorney.
Jim Dodson has been successfully settling car accident cases for over 25 years. You can be sure he will put his years of experience to work for you and get the settlement you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, please fill out our online contact form today or give us a call at 727-446-0840. We are here to help.