It is certainly a dubious distinction. The Internet website The Daily Beast states that Florida’s I-95 interstate, which traverses most of Florida’s eastern coast, from north of Jacksonville down to Miami, is the nation’s deadliest superhighway.
The website relies upon statistics supplied by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Those numbers show that, from 2004 to 2008, there were 765 deaths on the highway, which runs for close to 400 miles. That translates to 1.73 motor vehicle accidents every mile, the highest rate in the United States.
The statistics are somewhat skewed, however, in that the number of accidents is lower in the northern part of the state. More frequently, deadly crashes occur in Central and South Florida, with counties like Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and others all having more fatal accidents than Jacksonville. Roadwork around Jacksonville – including building a new bridge, widening I-95 to six lanes in parts, improving other roads to decrease I-95 traffic – has contributed to safer traffic conditions.
Lt. Bill Leeper of the Florida Highway Patrol says that I-95 “is as safe as any other [road] if you drive appropriately.” He states that accidents are more often caused by the way people drive than by road conditions, citing speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and failure to wear seat belts as common causes of driver injuries and death. Often times, Leeper says, “there is something under the driver’s control that contributed to the crash or injury.”
Related Resource: jacksonville.com “I-95 likely most dangerous U.S. superhighway, but Jacksonville gets a break” June 30, 2010