Florida Trucking Route I-95
If you have driven in the state of Florida as a trucker, then you likely have driven along Interstate 95. I-95 in Florida stretches from the Atlantic coast of Florida to the Georgia state line—and continues all the way up the east coast into the state of Maine.
It is the busiest stretch of road on Florida’s East Coast. It begins just south of downtown Miami, and goes right past popular tourist locations like Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. It has interchanges with Interstates 10 and 4 in these locations as well. It is 382 miles of traffic, making it one of the busiest roadways in Florida…and the most common for trucking accidents.
Trucking accidents are unique in a variety of ways that only an experienced truck accident lawyer can recognize. If you have been involved in a truck accident on I-95, speaking with an experienced West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer who specifically deals with trucking accidents can help.
The Stats Behind the Crash
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) continues to collect statistics about traffic accidents in Florida in an effort to make our roads safer. In 2015, there were 371,715 total accidents. This includes 37,906 commercial vehicle crashes, which included truck accidents. Of the total number of crashes, there were 159,031 injuries in 2015 and 2,587 fatalities—an increase from 2014.
In 2014, there were 344,170 total accidents in the State of Florida. This means that there was an average of 943 crashes per day. There were 2,336 fatal crashes that caused 2,494 deaths. Another 225,608 people were injured.
Roughly 9 percent of all fatal crashes in Florida occurred on I-95, and another 8.32 percent of all injury-causing accidents took place on I-95.
Fatal Truck Crash Factors
Interstate accidents that involves trucks are far more likely to cause fatalities than other kinds of accidents. Although trucking accidents make up only between 5 and 10 percent of all fatal accidents in the United States, they account for between 10 and 15 percent of all traffic-related fatalities.
Trucking accidents on the interstate can be a deadly combination. Interstates are designed to be quick and efficient. That means that they often move from one highly populated location to the next in as straight a path as possible.
Unfortunately, the federal government has determined that most fatal accidents occur on straight roadways. In fact, less than 20 percent of all fatal accidents in the United States occur on curved roads.
Other factors that will affect whether or not a crash is fatal include:
- Traffic controls
- Speed and route type
- Road characteristics
- Weather impacts
- Road classification
Other Contributing Factors for Truck Accidents
Human error can also be a major contributing factor to accidents. The most common unsafe driving acts for truck accidents include:
- Inattention (reading, talking on the phone, texting, etc.)
- Merging improperly into traffic
- Failure to slow in construction zones
- Driving at unsafe speeds
- Failing to stop for traffic signals (such as yield signs, stop signs, and traffic lights)
- Changing lanes abruptly
- Unsafe turning or passing (headway problems)
- Driving in a truck’s “no zones” (blind spots directly behind, left rear, and right rear)
The Future of I-95
I-95 has been in continual use since its development in the 1960s. It is also one of the most accessible trucking routes on the Florida East Coast. There are plans to widen the interstate to six lanes in areas that do not already have this change.
This means construction and more situations where there is an increased potential for truck accidents. Road conditions is one of the contributing factors to many accidents, so it is important to slow down in construction areas and adjust your speed in poor weather conditions.
A Trusted West Palm Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact a trusted West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer by calling Fetterman & Associates. We can help you get the compensation you need to help with medical bills, lost wages, and so much more. Call 561-316-2746 for more information or for a free case evaluation.