Florida is considered one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians - it ranked number 1 in 2019. Last year, Miami came 3rd in TomTom's most congested cities in the United States classification.
For several years, Miami-Dade County ranked 1st among Florida's most dangerous places for drivers. Driving in Florida is challenging, time and money wasted in traffic mean nothing compared to the accident risks drivers expose themselves to. 1 in 6 Florida car accidents occur in Miami and intersections are often the scene where these happen.
Every intersection is dangerous or potentially dangerous because, unfortunately, in Florida, drivers try to beat red lights all the time.
They frequently fail to pay attention to the traffic signals. They just rush to reach their destination, regardless of what is going on around them.
Often, people see the yellow light when they approach the intersection, but as they proceed, the light turns red. At the same time, a driver who sees the green light enters the same intersection, and the two vehicles collide. Typically, the driver who ran the red light will say that the signals were yellow when they were driving through the intersection. In fact, the evidence will show that the lights were yellow a few seconds before that.
What Intersections Should You Try to Avoid in Miami?
Intersection collisions in Miami are very common, and they cause numerous victims each year. These collisions can cause severe physical injuries because the drivers' speed when they approach the intersection is usually high, as they are trying to escape the red light.
Therefore, it's important to pay particular attention to these circumstances, and here are some of the most dangerous intersections in Miami where collisions often occur:
- US1 in the Coral Gables area
- West Kendall SW 17th Ave and Kendall Drive
- 37th Ave South Dixie Highway and 40th Street
- NE First Avenue and NE Sixth Street
- NE Second Avenue and 36th Street
- NW 20th Street and NW 22nd Avenue
- NW 22nd Avenue and NW 62nd Street
- SW 117th Avenue and 152nd Street in South Miami-Dade
- The Brickell Avenue Bridge
- SW 117 Avenue and SW 152 Street in Kendall
- SW 117 Avenue and SW 72 Street in Kendall
- SW 137 Avenue and SW 56 Street in Kendall
- SW 137 Avenue and SW 88 Street in Kendall
Some of the worst intersections for cyclists are:
- North Miami at Griffing Boulevard and NE 125th Street
- NE Second Avenue and NE Sixth Street
- Eighth Street and Ocean Drive in South Beach
In Miami-Dade County, there have been more than 12K reported accidents in the express lanes over the past three years. Express lanes, unfortunately, have created an extremely dangerous and unnecessary condition for drivers.
Express lanes have been the subject of intense debate and criticism since the state installed them in 2009. The lanes lack proper shoulders and are cut off from the rest of the highway only by plastic barriers. They require a mounted SunPass transponder, and the cost varies, during rush hour, tolls can top $10.
Traffic analysts say the barriers don't alleviate traffic and safety experts also say that the fees and porous barriers encourage "lane diving." On busy highways, like Interstate 95, drivers in that lane realize they need to exist quickly and swerve over the poles, cross four, five lanes of traffic, and cause accidents. Lane-diving can often lead to major accidents because unsuspecting commuters typically have no idea if a car is about to burst through the poles.
Injured in a Car Accident in Miami? We Can Help!
The main cause of car accidents in Miami is reckless driving. If the other driver's negligence causes an accident that results in physical and material damage, you are entitled to file a car accident claim.
To increase your chances of having a successful claim, you should let an experienced car accident lawyer represent you. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can help you gather the necessary evidence that will support your case and maximize your chance of recovering rightful compensation.
We can gather accurate proof because now there are video cameras in many intersections.
After a car accident, we can request the camera recordings and see how the collision took place and what the traffic lights were like. Moreover, the lights are provided with a timing system that we can access. This system can show exactly at what point in the collision the light changed into red. Accessing these proofs allows us to determine which driver is at fault and how severe the negligence is.
Despite our ability to collect evidence, we are often unable to support clients who come to us too late. If you have been involved in a car collision in Miami, contact us as soon as possible. We have to start investigating your case right after the accident so that we can file your claim before the legal deadline expires.
The bottom line is that Miami's intersections are some of the most dangerous places for drivers. The most important thing you can do to mitigate the risks is to pay more attention while driving:
- Try to avoid distractions
- Focus on the road
- Be extra careful especially when you approach one of the intersections mentioned above
- Take into account the prescribed speed limits