Florida: Home to the most dangerous highways in the United States

Most dangerous highways


In 2017, transportation technology company Teletrac Navman ranked the top 25 most dangerous highways in the United States. The study pulled from federal crash data from 2011-2015. It found that the most dangerous highway in the nation was the stretch of Interstate 4 that runs through Orlando. I-4 runs from Tampa to Daytona Beach.

The data showed that there were 1.250 deaths per mile of highway. Here are the figures that determined that rate:

  • I-4 is 132 miles long but had 165 traffic fatalities from 2011 - 2015.
  • Most fatal crashes on I-4 happened:
    • In the month of January.
    • On the 10th day of each month.
    • On Sundays.
    • From 2:00-2:59 a.m.
  • The most common types of crashes that led to fatalities included:
    • Crashes that happened while two cars were in transport.
    • Rollovers and overturns.
    • Pedestrians getting hit.

Other Florida highways mentioned in the study

The study also mentioned two other Florida highways. The Melbourne stretch of U.S. Route 192 was ranked the third most dangerous highway in the nation. The route is 75 miles long and runs from Four Corners, FL to Indialantic, FL. From 2011-2015, there were 65 traffic fatalities on this route, most of which involved pedestrians. This gave the Melbourne stretch a rate of 0.867 deaths per mile of highway. Most of the fatal crashes on this route happened in October, the 8th of each month, on a Friday, and from 10:00 to 10:59 p.m.

Fifth on the list was the Jacksonville stretch of Interstate 95. This highway is 1,920 miles long and runs from Miami, Florida to Maine. From 2011-2015, there were 1,402 traffic fatalities on the highway, most of which happened in the Jacksonville area. This gave I-95 a fatality rate of 0.73 deaths per mile of highway. Most of them were two-car crashes, but some also involved overturns and collisions with trees. Most fatal crashes on I-95 happened in July, on the first of each month, on Sundays, and from 1:00 to 1:59 a.m.

Florida highways haven't gotten any safer

While the Teletrac Navman report is relatively outdated, Florida's highways have since become more dangerous. For instance, in 2015, there were 2,938 statewide traffic fatalities. That number has been well above 3,000 in the years that followed, with 2019 being the highest (3,183 deaths).

An interactive Map of Florida traffic fatalities shows that a large percentage of deaths occurred on I-4, I-95, and Route 192.

In addition to the statistics, the news headlines show that Florida's highways have become increasingly dangerous. For instance, on I-4 in the Orlando area:

  • An SUV recently fell off the highway and into Kaley Street in Orlando.
  • A 53-year-old Sanford man was killed in an I-4 crash in Seminole County.
  • 1 person was killed and another injured in an I-4 crash in Southwest Orlando.

Many of these crashes are 100 percent preventable. But people continue to lose their lives due to speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving and drowsy driving. That's why the attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC are dedicated to holding negligent drivers accountable and getting justice for victims and their families.

If you were hurt in a crash or lost a loved one, contact our law office to discuss your legal options. We serve injured motorists and their families in Longwood, Florida and the greater Orlando area. Our legal consultations are free and confidential.