Brevard County officials are not entirely surprised by what a Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) review has found – that parts of the county have almost twice the vehicle crash rate of the next highest crash-prone areas, according to FloridaToday.com.
The troubling areas include a section of road between Pineapple and Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie. That is where motorists speeding over the causeway are most likely to get into fender benders.
At 30.2 crashes per million vehicle miles in 2009, that is nearly twice the accident rate of U.S. 1 in downtown Melbourne. TPO releases a list of problem areas every fall to get a better handle on how and where to spend millions in road improvements funds.
The county plans to develop an online database detailing the types of crashes that have occurred over the last five years so it can better understand traffic-wreck patterns and how to improve them.
With an average of 16,200 motorists passing this stretch of dangerous roadway every day, the information is important not just for motorists. The Space Coast receives an annual influx of thousands of “snowbirds” who are also potential victims of Florida pedestrian accidents in heavy traffic areas.
The Florida auto accident attorneys at Farah & Farah note that from 2008 to 2009, the fatality rate from auto accidents in Florida declined 14% from 2,983 in 2008, to 2,563 deaths in 2009. That represents the fourth consecutive year of decreases in traffic fatalities. Our attorneys are ready to discuss your case if you have been injured in a car crash in Florida.