Whether you live in the area or are just visiting, there’s little doubt you’ve noticed just how crazy the traffic is around Miami. A mix of careless drivers and hazardous roads make for traffic conditions that few enjoy driving in. In fact, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles reports about 50,000 accidents in Miami-Dade every year.
It’s easy to believe that many of these accidents are caused by tourists who are unfamiliar with the nuances of driving in our city. However, locals aren’t very happy about driving conditions, either. Even those who have lived in the area for many years feel nervous when the drive on Miami’s highways and byways. The team at Steinger, Greene & Feiner recently ventured out into the city to ask locals how they felt about the traffic here in Miami.
According to one resident, the easiest way to describe driving in South Florida is “terrible.”
“You have to have eyes in the back of your head. You have to read what the next guy’s going to do,” even before they themselves know their next move. It’s every driver for themselves out here, it seems. With the roads in Miami being some of the most confusing in the country, even the most experienced drivers may find themselves needing to suddenly get over three lanes. Being able to predict this behavior is key to driving around South Florida.
One resident said, “There are a lot of unsafe drivers. They’re smoking, they’re drinking, they’re on the phone.” One man said he even saw a driver jump over safety cones on the freeway to get where they were going. There are people from all walks of life driving here, many of whom believe they own the road.
Not even bicyclists are safe. There are few, if any, safe bike paths, leading to bicyclists being forced off the road and sometimes off their vehicle. When Miami drivers are only looking out for themselves, everyone else who is sharing the road becomes an afterthought — if they cross the driver’s mind at all.
Luckily, many Miami residents also know they have legal options if they’ve been in a car wreck. The attorneys at Steinger, Greene & Feiner have helped victims recover over $1 billion in the past 20 years. With our new mobile app, getting in contact with one of our experienced attorneys is easier than ever. If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Miami, contact the lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner for a free consultation and to learn how much compensation we can get you!