Most Dangerous Stretches of Road in Hillsborough County
Posted in car accident on June 21, 2018
Hillsborough County has some of Florida’s busiest roadways, with thousands of commercial trucks, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians passing through every day. Unfortunately, heavy traffic often translates into a large number of collisions. In 2016, Hillsborough County recorded 27,660 crashes. Some roads in Hillsborough County are more dangerous than others, according to crash data. Being extra cautious on the following stretches of road in the area could help you avoid an accident. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Hillsborough County, contact the Tampa car accident attorneys at Williams Law, P.A.
The stretch of Brandon Boulevard from Falkenburg Road to Dover Road was the setting of 180 crashes in a single year. That translates into 25 crashes per mile. Speeding is a consistent issue on this stretch of road in Brandon, despite the posted speed limits of 45 to 50 miles per hour. It is a traffic-heavy corridor with many pedestrians walking from shopping plazas, as well as vehicles pulling out of driveways.
The long stretch of Hillsborough Avenue from Old Seminole Heights to Town ‘N’ Country had 176 total car accidents, or 19.8 per mile. This stretch, from Longboat Boulevard to Florida Avenue, has a speed limit of 45 to 55 miles per hour. It sees a great deal of traffic as one of the main roads connecting drivers to the Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa International Airport, and several other major landmarks.
Dale Mabry Highway
Dale Mabry Highway, from Hillsborough Avenue to Bearss Avenue, reported 116 total accidents (18.8 per mile of road). This stretch, passing through Greater Carrollwood, puts vulnerable road users at risk from dangerous sidewalk gaps and limited bicycle lanes. The movements of turning vehicles on this stretch of road could result in collisions with bicycles and pedestrians.
East Fletcher Avenue from Armenia Avenue to 50th Street saw 100 total accidents, or 19.6 per mile of roadway. Despite newly installed crosswalks along this stretch of road in Hillsborough County, pedestrians are still at significant risk of collisions. Drivers and pedestrians using this road have expressed concern over pedestrian safety when crossing these new crosswalks, partly due to a history of pedestrian accidents on this stretch of road.
Big Bend Road
The stretch of Big Bend Road to Old Big Bend Road, or U.S. 41 to I-75, was the setting for 51 total car accidents (16.6 per mile). One of the most frequent causes for alarm in this area is the need for roadway repairs and improvements. Users noted the need for street repaving and restriping, especially in the corridor. Better roadway maintenance may help prevent accidents in this area.
Gibsonton Drive and Boyette Road
The section of Interstate 75 where Gibsonton Drive turns into Boyette Road (at the 301) recorded 49 total crashes, or 21 per mile of roadway. The posted speed limit on this stretch to Balm Riverview Road is 45 miles per hour. Accidents at this part of the highway are most likely to result from speeding and aggressive driving. Motorcycles involved in left-turn accidents are also common, as are failures to yield the right-of-way.
Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
The stretch of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard from Fowler Avenue to Bearss Avenue recorded 32 total accidents, or 18.1 per mile. This roadway unfortunately sees many student injuries and deaths, because it’s located right next to the University of South Florida in Tampa. It also bypasses Park Place of Tampa, a Wal-Mart shopping center, the Veterans Affairs Hospital, and other busy areas. Speeding past the 45-mile-per-hour limit and distracted drivers contribute to accidents in this area.
Lynn Turner Road
Lynn Turner Road from Gunn Highway to Ehrlich Road recorded 28 accidents (18.5 per mile). Many were severe. Most serious crashes in this stretch occur during daylight hours, due to aggressive, negligent, and dangerous drivers. Rear-end and left-turn collisions are common, as are failure-to-yield and speeding accidents.
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