Driving in Pasco County can be dangerous. According to the Tampa Bay Times, in a 12-hour span, a Port Richey teenager, a 63-year-old pedestrian and a 24-year-old driver from Winter Haven died in crashes on Pasco County roads, including U.S. 19, Little Road and U.S. 98. So, how dangerous is driving in Pasco County?
Statistics compiled by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show Pasco averaged 99 fatalities annually, including 107 in 2017. Data reveals factors for these car accidents include alcohol and/or drugs, careless driving, speeding, not staying in the correct lane, not yielding the right of way, and running a red light or stop sign.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Pasco County’s roads remain more dangerous than the statewide average. The state serious injury for car accidents rate is less than 10 per 100 million travel miles. Pasco County’s rate is more than 24 – that means the chance of you being involved in a serious car accident in Pasco County is nearly 150 percent higher than elsewhere in the state.
Where are the dangerous areas to drive in Pasco County? In 2018, the intersection of Interstate 75 and State Road 56 was the most dangerous location in the county with 30 people being injured in 171 car accidents. As for the number of car accident, U.S. 19 continued to be the most cited in the county. In 2018, there were more than 1,380 car accidents on U.S. 19 that left 11 dead and 354 injured. Thirteen intersections with U.S. 19 were the scene of at least three dozen crashes each. U.S. 19 and Ridge Road had the most accidents at 66 car crashes. The most injuries from car accidents were reported at Sunray Boulevard and U.S. 19.
Drive safely in Pasco County and throughout the Tampa Bay area, but as important, watch out for those who don’t!
Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson help families who are impacted by a Pasco County or Tampa Bay car accident. Attorney Matthew Noyes even wrote a book on it – Do You Really Need An Attorney After a Car Accident. If you have questions after a car accident, call Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.