Drive down a road in South Florida on a gorgeous sunny day and you should be feeling relaxed, but you probably don’t. Brakes squeal and tires screech. Vehicles dart in and out of traffic, vying for optimal position. For people who live in Florida, it’s just another day of driving. For people who are visiting, it can be a harrowing experience.
No matter how you feel about driving in South Florida the fact of the matter is this: It can be dangerous. Studies have shown that the rate of fatalities due to traffic collisions in the state is one of the highest in the nation. It’s not only fatalities that are high. South Florida has some of the worst congestion and bottlenecking in the country, coming in at seventh worse in America. That’s why it’s so important to have a Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney by your side if something goes wrong.
As with any area in the country, there are some intersections in South Florida that are particularly harrowing. Here are the worst.
(Learn more about each intersection below the infographic.)
There are three separate roads and a railroad track at this intersection. North and southbound traffic is often blocked because of the timing of the light. Forget trying to maneuver through this intersection without a major amount of stress if you’re in a vehicle and avoid it at all costs if you’re on foot or a bike.
Part of the trouble with this intersection is the business in the area. People have described commuting through the area as mental anguish. A homeowner’s association in the area has asked that new businesses not be built until something is done about the traffic pattern. A moratorium on building does not appear to be forthcoming.
This roadway is tricky. You’re cruising along enjoying the scenery without a care in the world. All of a sudden, you run into traffic that is nothing short of stop-and-go. People have said that every intersection along this section of highway is terrible. Try not to put your eyes on the Metrorail zipping past you. It will just fuel your irritation.
This is the second-most hazardous intersection in the area. There are six lanes traveling in every direction with road signage that can be difficult to comprehend. Keep your eyes peeled if you travel this stretch. Your chances of being involved in an accident are actually pretty high.
This section of pavement is found between bars and tourists. Pedestrians darting out into traffic, cyclists and even wildlife can make this area treacherous. Adding to the mayhem is that the top speed limit is 5 mph. There will soon be a parking garage on the corner adding to the mayhem — be prepared.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a miles-long traffic jam when you hit the causeway. Construction in the area is anticipated to make the problems in the area worse. A new bridge will connect West Avenue and Sunset Harbor.
At many other intersections, rush hour can be particularly problematic. Not so in Doral. Traffic jams can occur at any time of day with little to no warning. Frustrated commuters take to Twitter with regularity to express their frustrations. Drivers who know the area recommend making sure your gas tank is full before you attempt to make it through this area.
There are so many problems with this bridge that it seems like someone played an awful joke. On and off ramps, water traffic that brings bridge traffic to a halt and four lanes of standstill traffic make this area a nightmare.
South Florida is known throughout the state as a place where few want to drive. If you’re from the area, you know what a difficult time traveling through the area can be. If you aren’t from here, you may want to rely on public transportation instead of trying to navigate the roads on your own.
If you are involved in an accident in South Florida, you need a Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney. Reach out to our office today for more information about your legal rights and how we can assist you. You may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver.