What Roads/Intersections Are The Most Dangerous in Tampa?
In Hillsborough County alone, 28,184 crashes occurred in 2022. These crashes caused 19,159 injuries and 219 deaths. 473 bicycle crashes also happened, and these crashes killed 18 people. In addition, 44 people were killed out of 595 motorcycle crashes, and 57 pedestrians were killed out of 652 pedestrian crashes. Most of the roads and intersections where these crashes took place are in and around Tampa.
According to Plan Hillsborough, these roads and intersections have also been the deadliest and most prone to crashes since 2017:
- Gibsonton Drive – I-75 to Balm Riverview Rd.
- Mango Rd./CR579 – MLK Blvd. to US 92
- 78th St. – Causeway Blvd. to Palm River Rd.
- Bruce B Downs Blvd. – Fowler Avenue to Bearss Avenue
- 15th St. – Fowler Avenue to Fletcher Avenue
- Lynn Turner Road – Gunn Hwy to Ehrlich Rd.
- Sheldon Rd. – Hillsborough Avenue to Waters Avenue
- Fletcher Avenue – Armenia Avenue to Nebraska Avenue
Why These Roads and Intersections Are Dangerous
When operating a vehicle, drivers must concentrate and rely on their skills to ensure everyone’s safety on the road. Otherwise, they put themselves and others at risk for serious injuries or death. The following factors make Tampa roadways and intersections dangerous:
Driver negligence or driver error is any kind of conduct that jeopardizes the safety of the driver and other people sharing the road with them. Common examples include:
- Distracted driving, most commonly texting or using the cell phone while behind the wheel
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Driving while fatigued or drowsy
- Speeding, including above or below the posted speed limit, particularly in school and construction zones, and driving too fast for the given road or weather conditions
- Aggressive driving
- Running stop signs and traffic lights
- Failure to use turn signals appropriately
- Unnecessary use of high-beam lights
- Not following basic traffic rules and signs
- Driving with broken vehicle components, like a shattered rear view mirror, taillight, headlight, etc.
- Driving without necessary eye gear, like prescription glasses or contact lenses
In some cases, external factors or external factors combined with driver negligence can lead to motor vehicle crashes. For example, a vehicle may have a design flaw that the driver couldn’t have known. While getting regular checkups can help, sometimes the vehicle or component manufacturer is the primary cause of the crash based on a defect.
Lack of visibility can also cause major crashes. This could happen during inclement weather or at night since drivers may find it especially hard to avoid hazards and obstacles when they can’t see them properly. External factors that can lead to crashes also include poorly maintained roadways and poor road design.
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