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Interstate 4 in Florida Tops List of Deadliest U.S. Highways

Red, white and blue Interstate 4 Florida road sign against a stormy sky background.

Why do so many car accidents occur on I-4?

Interstate 4 in Florida is the deadliest highway in the country, according to a recent traffic safety study conducted by Assurance IQ, which declared Florida one of the most dangerous states overall for drivers.

"It probably doesn't come as a shock to most Floridians who have spent any time driving on Interstate 4, but a study from insurance policy shopping platform Assurance IQ recently revealed the highway to be the most dangerous in the U.S.," noted a news story published by Dayton Beach News Journal about the Assurance IQ study.

Florida's I-4 named deadliest highway in the nation

Based on car accident data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic safety researchers at Assurance found that Interstate 4 in Florida is the most dangerous highway in the state—and the entire United States.

This 132-mile-long highway, which connects Interstate 275 in Tampa to Interstate 95 in Daytona Beach and passes through Orlando, has 34 fatal car accidents every 100 miles, according to the Assurance study.

What are other dangerous highways in Florida?

I-4 in Florida isn't the only dangerous highway in the state. Another study conducted by Car Insurance Comparison ranked the most dangerous highway for each state nationwide. In the case of Florida, US Route 1 was ranked the most dangerous highway. The average number of fatalities on US Route 1 in Florida – 108 deaths each year – was significantly higher than any other highway in any other state in the Car Insurance Comparison study.

US Route 1 in Florida also made another dangerous highway list. ValuePenguin ranked US Route 1 in Brevard County, Florida, as the second deadliest road in the U.S. and part of its 100 most dangerous roads in the country list. In fact, 17 Florida highways overall were included on the top 100 most dangerous roads in the US, including:

  • I-95 in Palm Beach County, FL (5th most dangerous road nationwide)
  • US Route 41 in Hillsborough County, FL (7th on the list)
  • I-75 in Hillsborough County, FL (9th on the list)
  • US Route 27 in Polk County, FL (10th on the list)

Common causes of highway accidents

There are several reasons why so many accidents occur on highways. According to Car Insurance Comparison, the most dangerous highways have several things in common, including:

  • Hazardous weather conditions, such as heavy rain, hurricanes, high winds, and other dangerous weather conditions.
  • Unsafe highway conditions, which can include sharp curves, steep inclines, wind tunnels, or sections of highways prone to flooding.
  • Outdated highway infrastructure, such as missing guardrails, poor lighting, or excessive potholes.
  • Heavy traffic.

"The deadliest highways in America tend to share common features," Car Insurance Comparison stated. "America's deadliest roads are usually heavily congested and prone to driving hazards like extreme weather."

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