There are certain accident related facts that are easy to come by. Like, you are more likely to be involved in a car crash during the day but you are more likely to be killed in a car accident at night. Or, drivers making left turns at intersections cause more accidents than motorists who rear-end other motorists. But do you know the most dangerous roads in your area? Information like that is not so widely known but it is extremely useful for your safety. Below we have provided some of the most dangerous roads and intersections for Hillsborough, Lee, and Sarasota counties. Click here for information about Pinellas County.
Hillsborough County has a reputation for having dangerous roads, especially for pedestrians. Mid-block crosswalks, high speeds, large intersections, and uneven, construction filled roads make Hillsborough County difficult to maneuver safely. Multiple intersections on the heavily developed and trafficked Dale Mabry Highway have been cited as being crash prone. In addition, Fowler, Waters, Fletcher, and Hillsborough Avenue are also extremely crash prone. Tampa roads have a history of terrible commuting times and dangerous pedestrian safety making it hazardous to get around. Some intersections to be extra cautious at are:
Dale Mabry and Waters Avenue
Hillsborough Avenue and Lois Avenue
Fletcher Avenue and Florida Road
Bruce B. Downs and Fletcher Avenue
Lee County did not have a good year last year. Within the first 33 days of the year 15 people had died in traffic accidents. Lee County ranks as the 23rd most dangerous county in the nation for pedestrians and cyclists. Most of these accidents are preventable, caused by streets designed to ease the flow of traffic by encouraging higher speeds. In addition, a lack of sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian signals do nothing to encourage pedestrian or cycling safety. When you are driving, it is important to remember to slow down and be cautious of other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Below are listed the most dangerous intersections and roads in the county:
U.S. 41 and Cypress Lakes/Daniels Parkway
Gladiolus Dr/Six Mile Cypress and U.S. 41
College Parkway/Woodland Boulevard and U.S. 41
Colonial Boulevard and Ortiz/Six Mile Cypress
Each year Sarasota County engineers contemplate what more they could be doing to ease the flow of traffic and cut down on the amount of accidents in the area caused by the strong influx of snowbirds and tourists. The number of accidents spikes in January and usually doesn’t ease up until March. 32% of Sarasota County’s population is aged 65 and older leading to the spike in potentially fatal car accidents. A number of the most dangerous intersections fall along U.S. 41, with 18% of the county’s bicycle and pedestrian crashes happening along this road. Below is a list of some of the other most car accident prone roads in the area:
U.S. 41 and Center Road
Bee Ridge Road and US 41/Tamiami Trail
U.S. 41 and Washington Boulevard—intersection where they meet
Beneva Road and Fruitville Road
It is important to know the most dangerous roads in your area in order to be able to better plan and identify the safest route for you and your loved ones. Always be aware of your surroundings and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists. Share the road and minimize distractions such as texting, eating or drinking, and talking on a phone.
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