Spanning 545 miles along Florida’s east coast, U.S. Highway 1 has earned the reputation of being one of the most dangerous roadways in the country. This reputation is largely based on the high number of fatal accidents that occur on Highway 1 compared with other major highways across the United States. In addition, reports indicate the highway is in need of major repairs, which do not seem to be getting accomplished, putting drivers at greater risk of accidents and injuries.
The legal team at Demand The Limits, Personal Injury Attorneys, know about the risks of injuries and fatalities on Highway 1. We are here and ready to help if you or someone you love is injured in an accident on this dangerous roadway.
Problems with Highway 1
In a study on the 25 most dangerous roads in the nation, engineers decided that Highway 1 in Florida almost made the top of the list, second only to I-45 in Houston. Each decade, Highway 1 claims about 1,000 deaths from crashes, and these fatal accidents are spread throughout 13 different Florida counties. The accident rate increases significantly during the summer months when there are more travelers on Highway 1.
Construction experts also weighed in on some risks of Highway 1, including problems with the highway’s infrastructure. There were some recommendations for making the highway safer, such as:
- Having separately-marked and divided bicycle lanes
- Street design that would cause drivers to naturally slow down
- Lowering speed limits and increasing automated speed enforcement
- Having policies that would work to reduce vehicle traffic on Highway 1
- Ensuring a rapid response by authorities to crash scenes so they can determine what caused the crash and what might prevent similar accidents in the future
Making any major changes to Highway 1 will take taxpayer money, but it can also save taxpayer lives. We will be watching to see if the state leaders and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) takes the necessary steps to make Highway 1 safer.
What Happens after a Car Accident in Florida?
In the Sunshine State, both parties in a car accident turn to their auto insurance policies to submit claims, irrespective of who was at fault. Florida motorists must have, at minimum, $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. In the aftermath of an auto accident, PIP should cover:
- 80 percent of medical bills
- 60 percent of lost wages
- All of replacement services costs
- Up to $5,000 in funeral costs
If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of drivers on U.S. Highway 1 or other Florida roadways, you should seek legal assistance to know the best way to get all of your losses covered.
Consult with a Boca Raton Car Accident Attorney for Free
When an auto accident has turned your life upside down because of the carelessness of others, that party should be held accountable for the harm and losses you suffer. This process is best navigated with the Boca Raton car accident lawyers of Demand The Limits, Personal Injury Attorney. Contact us online or call 561-600-3555 for informed advice today.