Articles Posted in Dangerous Roads/Highway Design

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When driving in Florida, knowing the safest routes is just one of the things you can do to avoid being involved in a car accident.

Whether commuting, picking up the kids or running errands around town, most drivers choose the most direct, least congested routes to their destinations. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the most direct routes might not be the safest, and some roads are downright dangerous.

Motor vehicle accidents don’t usually occur in the absence of driver negligence, however, poorly designed or maintained roads are examples of another kind of negligence that can make driving even more dangerous than it already is. Take, for example, Krome Avenue in South Florida. This 37-mile long roadway in western Miami-Dade County is notorious for fatal car accidents. With dubious nicknames like “Killer Krome” and “Deadly Krome,” the roadway is narrow with poor lighting, and motorists travel at high speeds. There are a disproportionate number of large tractor trailers hauling produce and plants from farms in Homestead on Krome at any given time. This year alone, more than 11 people have died in car crashes on Krome Avenue.

This roadway is so dangerous, in fact, that community organizers have arranged a memorial service this month alongside Krome Avenue for the more than 115 people who have died on the roadway. Community and civic leaders are pushing to widen the lanes of this road, bolster the lighting, and add guardrails and a concrete median to help make it safer.

Another dangerous road: the “Overseas Highway” (also known as the “Highway to the Sea”). This highway carrying U.S. 1 to the Florida Keys with majestic water views on both sides is as beautiful as it is dangerous. Accidents are common as motorists often speed and drive recklessly along the long 127.5-mile stretch.

That said, it’s always important for motorists to keep some important safety tips in mind:
– Be aware of road conditions. Rainy weather, construction, poor lighting, and inadequate road maintenance are all red flags motorists should note and either take extra care in driving or find other routes.
– Know your routes. Take the time to scout out the safest roads to your regular destinations, whether it’s your workplace, kids’ schools, or the home of a family members. Make sure the your favored roadways are not under construction and that the lighting is adequate for even the rainiest conditions.
– Take responsibility as a safe driver. Even the safest roads are only as safe as the drivers on them. This applies to dangerous roads, too. Be a defensive driver and maintain awareness of road conditions and other motorists and how they are driving. Protect yourself with defensive driving. Give other motorists, including truck drivers and motorcyclists, plenty of room and obey the speed limit and other traffic signs.
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Jackson County, Florida – 63 year old Lillie Conyers of Crestview, Florida was seriously injured in a truck accident on I-10 Monday morning in Jackson County.

Also injured was 39 year old James Conyers, also of Crestview.

According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Lillie Conyers was driving westbound on Interstate 10 and struck a semi that had overturned in front of her. The Conyers were transported to the Jackson Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

The 2006 tractor-trailer had also been traveling westbound on I-10 when it left the roadway. The truck driver, 29 year old Michael Dufur of Ocala, Florida, over-corrected causing the truck to overturn blocking all of the westbound lanes of I-10.

Dufur and his passenger 36 year old Guertho Lemorin of Tampa, Florida, received only minor injuries in the crash.

Too often, truck drivers like Dufur are pressured by the trucking companies they work for to drive longer hours than Federal Regulations allow. When that happens, truck drivers are forced to drive 80,000 pound tractor trailers on our roadways while they are fatigued and, at times, inattentive. Fatigue one of the most common causes of truck accidents.
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Miami, Florida. – A multi – car accident in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike in West Miami-Dade left two people injured according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Investigators said the auto accident, which occurred near Southwest 8th Street involved a total of three cars.

One of the vehicles involved in the crash flipped over and struck a light pole. The driver had to be extricated from the car after the light pole fell on it.

That driver was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, officials said.

Another person was taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.
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Broward County, Florida – One woman is dead and a 9-year-old boy is in critical condition with life threatening injuries following a violent car accident on Alligator Alley Friday morning.

Two others were trapped inside of a Chevrolet Suburban that flipped over onto the shoulder on Interstate 75 near mile marker 31 according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.

The identities of the victims were not released.

The boy was ejected from the truck on impact, while the other three occupants were trapped in the SUV. According to Sgt. Mark Wysocky, a spokesman for Florida Highway Patrol, the woman was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

It appeared none in the SUV wore seat belts.

The survivors were all airlifted to area hospitals. The boy is in ”very critical condition,” Wysocky said.

Alligator Alley is know to be one of the most dangerous roads in Florida. It has more than its share of motor vehicle accidents. For more on dangerous roads and locations, read my earlier post Florida Truck Accidents Among Most Frequent In The US.
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