Florida Fatal Accident Study:

Florida’s Deadliest Roads and Fatal Accident Statistics

MoneyGeek analyzed the 8,792 fatal crashes in Florida from 2017 to 2019 to determine the deadliest roads in the state. We also explored the factors associated with accidents resulting in fatalities, including drunk driving, distracted driving and speeding.

Last Updated: 4/26/2022
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To date, Florida is one of the most populous states in the U.S., only surpassed by California and Texas. Out of Florida’s 275,376 miles of road, MoneyGeek studied 2,665 roads to determine which were deadliest to drivers. Using data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, we looked at the state’s 8,792 fatal accidents from 2017–2019 — the most recent years of available data.

Our analysis also examined the various factors contributing to fatal accidents in Florida, including speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving and time of year. The study broke down data for all of Florida's counties and identified the deadliest stretch of road in each.

Key Findings

  • US-19 from Denton Ave. to San Marco Dr. is the deadliest stretch of road in Florida. The road is located in Pasco County and had 25 fatal accidents.
  • Drunk driving contributed to more fatal accidents than speeding and distracted driving combined.
  • The month of March had the most fatal accidents, with 846 in the three years studied.
  • Miami-Dade had more fatal accidents than any other county. US-1 was its deadliest road.

10 Deadliest Road Stretches in Florida


  • DEADLIEST ROAD IN FLORIDA
    US-19 from Denton Ave. to San Marco Dr.
    Pasco County
    US-19 from Denton Ave. to San Marco Dr.
    • Fatal Accidents:25
    • fatalities:25
    • Crashes Per Mile:5.1
    • distance:4.9
  • US-41 from 23rd Ave. to Pearl Ave.
    West Bradenton | Bradenton
    US-41 from 23rd Ave. to Pearl Ave.
    • Fatal Accidents:22
    • fatalities:23
    • Crashes Per Mile:4.7
    • distance:4.7
  • US-41 from N. Macdill Ave. to N. 40th St.
    Tampa
    US-41 from N. Macdill Ave. to N. 40th St.
    • Fatal Accidents:21
    • fatalities:21
    • Crashes Per Mile:4.4
    • distance:4.8
  • US-19 from 54th Ave. N. to Queensboro Ave. S.
    St Petersburg | Saint Petersburg
    US-19 from 54th Ave. N. to Queensboro Ave. S.
    • Fatal Accidents:20
    • fatalities:20
    • Crashes Per Mile:4.3
    • distance:4.7
  • SR-816 from NW 35th Ave. to NE 8th Ave.
    Oakland Park | Wilton Manors | Wilton Manor | Lauderdale Lakes
    SR-816 from NW 35th Ave. to NE 8th Ave.
    • Fatal Accidents:18
    • fatalities:19
    • Crashes Per Mile:4.9
    • distance:3.7
  • SR-580 from Webb Rd. to W. Waters Ave.
    Tampa
    SR-580 from Webb Rd. to W. Waters Ave.
    • Fatal Accidents:18
    • fatalities:18
    • Crashes Per Mile:3.7
    • distance:4.8
  • US-19 from Lake Tarpon Dr. to Royal Blvd.
    Pinellas County
    US-19 from Lake Tarpon Dr. to Royal Blvd.
    • Fatal Accidents:17
    • fatalities:21
    • Crashes Per Mile:3.8
    • distance:4.4
  • US-19 from Royal Blvd. to Lake Tarpon Dr.
    Pinellas County
    US-19 from Royal Blvd. to Lake Tarpon Dr.
    • Fatal Accidents:17
    • fatalities:21
    • Crashes Per Mile:3.8
    • distance:4.4
  • US-19 from Embassy Blvd. to Marine Parkway
    New Port Richey | Port Richey
    US-19 from Embassy Blvd. to Marine Parkway
    • Fatal Accidents:17
    • fatalities:19
    • Crashes Per Mile:3.9
    • distance:4.4
  • SR-50 (East Colonial Dr) between Old Cheney Hwy to Lake Downy Dr
    Orlando
    SR-50 (East Colonial Dr) between Old Cheney Hwy to Lake Downy Dr
    • Fatal Accidents:16
    • fatalities:16
    • Crashes Per Mile:3.3
    • distance:4.8

Drunk Driving Involved in 21% of Fatal Accidents

Of the 8,792 total fatal crashes in Florida between 2017 to 2019, 1,888 were connected to drunk driving.

Drunk driving was involved in 21% of the state’s fatal accidents, outnumbering those involving both speeding and distracted driving combined.

Having alcohol in your blood can severely affect your behavior behind the wheel and endangers yourself and others. You can be visibly impaired, even if your blood alcohol concentration is only 0.2%. If it reaches 0.8%, the state of Florida officially considers you legally intoxicated.

The costs of drunk driving are numerous, even when it doesn’t involve a fatal accident. A DUI charge can result in less affordable car insurance in Florida, restricted driving privileges and even possible jail time. You need to carry FR-44 insurance in Florida if you have a DUI, which is more expensive than other types of coverage.

Speeding Is a Factor in 9% of Fatal Crashes

Speeding-related crashes made up 9% of fatal accidents in Florida. That translates to 829 crashes between 2017 and 2019.

There are multiple consequences of driving above the allowable speed limit in Florida. These include increased difficulty in making quick stops, often leading drivers to lose control of their cars. It results in a high likelihood of severe injuries or even fatal car accidents.

Distracted Driving Contributed to 8% of Fatal Accidents

Distracted driving contributed 662 to the total fatal car crashes in Florida from 2017 to 2019. To lower these numbers, Florida enacted a hands-free law in 2019. Law enforcement officers started apprehending and issuing citations to drivers caught texting while behind the wheel on January 1, 2020.

March Had More Fatal Accidents Than Any Other Month

In the three years studied, March had the highest number of fatal accidents. There were 846 crashes in that state recorded that month resulting in fatalities — that’s 9.7% of Florida’s fatal crashes. Florida is a popular vacation spot, leading to people traveling there in March during Spring Break. Having more cars on the road typically leads to higher numbers of accidents.

December had the second-most deadly crashes (9.5%), followed by January (8.6%).

Average Fatal Accidents by Month
Month
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Winter Conditions
Speeding Related
% of Total

January

763

152

39

0

75

8.7%

February

707

133

50

0

68

8.0%

March

846

191

77

0

80

9.6%

April

755

171

56

0

59

8.6%

May

757

153

48

0

78

8.6%

June

708

148

54

0

79

8.1%

July

636

156

59

0

68

7.2%

August

627

136

54

0

60

7.1%

September

681

156

54

0

66

7.7%

October

723

136

51

0

63

8.2%

November

752

161

67

0

57

8.6%

December

837

195

53

0

76

9.5%

Driving Safely Protects You, Others and Your Wallet

Being a safe driver comes with multiple benefits. Aside from making Florida’s roadways safer, you also ensure fewer expenses in the long term. But sometimes accidents happen, regardless of how many precautions you take.

This reality makes having insurance essential. An affordable full coverage car insurance policy can protect you, your car and your family against possible costs of damages if such an unfortunate event occurs.

The average cost of car insurance in Florida is $2,208 per year, but your premium is subject to change depending on where you live. For instance, car insurance in Hialeah costs an annual average rate of $2,812. In comparison, auto insurance in Tallahassee is $1,331 less — a policy in that city with similar coverages only costs $1,481 annually. Meanwhile, car insurance coverage in Jacksonville — Florida’s most populous city — is $1,739 per year, on average.

Car insurance companies use a variety of factors to set premiums. These include your age, driving history and credit standing. The best way to find cheap car insurance in Florida is to gather and compare quotes from multiple carriers.

Fatal Accidents and Most Dangerous Roads: County Breakdown

From 2017 to 2019, the five counties with the highest numbers of deadly crashes made up one-third of all accidents resulting in deaths in Florida. That’s 3,010 accidents recorded from the three most recent years of available data.

Among Florida's 67 counties, Miami-Dade contributed the most fatal crashes, with 876 accidents. Most of these occurred along US-1 and involved speeding and drunk driving.

Fatal Accidents and Contributing Factors By County
County
Fatalities
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Speeding Related
Most Deadly Road (Fatal Accidents)

Miami-Dade

876

825

78

31

72

US-1 (51)

Broward

677

639

79

27

54

I-95 (43)

Hillsborough

585

556

133

46

72

US-41 (51)

Orange

538

503

103

77

40

SR-50 (53)

Palm Beach

519

487

68

15

64

I-95 (45)

Duval

452

433

113

20

29

I-295 (41)

Pinellas

357

346

72

26

44

US-19 (75)

Volusia

362

345

72

33

31

US-1 (36)

Polk

359

332

77

21

36

US-27 (40)

Pasco

303

293

58

17

16

US-19 (55)

Lee

305

283

67

26

45

US-41 (49)

Marion

264

243

74

25

24

SR-40 (25)

Brevard

252

233

47

19

35

US-1 (49)

Osceola

196

182

43

26

7

US-192 (42)

Manatee

185

175

42

6

12

US-41 (38)

Escambia

179

166

34

11

13

US-90 (31)

Lake

171

158

50

11

11

US-441 (21)

Alachua

178

150

44

6

12

I-75 (19)

Sarasota

157

144

42

10

9

US-41 (40)

Seminole

131

122

19

15

16

I-4 (16)

Collier

119

107

25

17

14

US-41 (15)

St. Lucie

120

105

26

8

11

US-1 (12)

St. Johns

107

100

22

5

10

US-1 (22)

Leon

99

95

30

7

15

I-10 (9)

Okaloosa

98

92

20

13

6

US-98 (26)

Putnam

98

89

35

1

9

US-17 (17)

Hernando

90

88

19

9

3

US-19 (17)

Bay

87

85

12

12

5

US-98 (21)

Citrus

90

81

24

4

6

US-19 (17)

Indian River

85

81

17

4

2

US-1 (15)

Martin

76

71

22

3

6

I-95 (14)

Charlotte

76

68

18

9

7

US-41 (14)

Columbia

71

68

20

3

7

I-75 (14)

Sumter

73

66

10

5

4

US-301 (10)

Clay

66

63

16

4

5

SR-21 (14)

Highlands

69

61

13

2

3

US-27 (26)

Santa Rosa

65

60

9

10

5

US-90 (12)

Walton

64

56

16

7

6

I-10 (10)

Levy

58

52

23

5

2

US-27 (9)

Monroe

56

52

7

9

4

US-1 (31)

Flagler

59

51

13

1

5

I-95 (13)

Nassau

53

48

16

3

1

SR-A1A (8)

Jackson

53

45

5

9

2

US-231 (9)

Suwannee

48

44

12

1

5

I-10 (14)

Gadsden

39

37

14

7

8

I-10 (12)

Okeechobee

41

36

12

0

5

US-441 (7)

De Soto

38

34

15

2

2

US-17 (10)

Glades

38

29

10

4

3

US-27 (9)

Hendry

31

29

9

3

1

US-27 (7)

Hardee

34

28

8

2

0

US-17 (7)

Washington

29

25

1

3

2

SR-77 (9)

Wakulla

24

23

14

6

3

US-98 (4)

Taylor

24

22

7

5

3

US-19 (9)

Bradford

28

21

6

0

1

US-301 (8)

Holmes

23

20

6

0

1

SR-2 (4)

Baker

19

19

6

0

2

I-10 (5)

Hamilton

18

18

5

1

4

I-75 (9)

Madison

18

18

4

3

1

I-10 (11)

Gilchrist

22

18

11

0

2

US-129 (4)

Gulf

15

13

0

1

1

US-98 (3)

Jefferson

14

11

1

3

1

I-10 (4)

Dixie

11

11

4

1

2

US-19 (3)

Calhoun

13

9

3

1

0

SR-20 (4)

Union

10

9

3

0

0

SR-238 (2)

Lafayette

7

7

1

0

2

US-27 (4)

Liberty

7

7

2

1

0

SR-20 (3)

Franklin

5

5

1

0

0

US-98 (2)

Methodology

MoneyGeek analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS (fatal accident reporting system) database using fatality data from 2017, 2018 and 2019. Currently, 2019 is the latest data available in the system.

About the Author


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Doug Milnes is the head of marketing and communications at MoneyGeek. He has spent more than a decade in corporate finance performing valuations for Duff and Phelps and financial planning and analysis for various companies including OpenTable. He holds a master’s degree in Predictive Analytics (Data Science) from Northwestern University and is a CFA charter holder. Doug geeks out on building financial and predictive models and using data to make informed decisions.


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