A new study shows America’s two deadliest highways pass through Florida.
“Traffic jams, continuous accidents, it's just a really nasty road to travel,” explained Ramon Olivera, who said he basically lives on I-95.
He's a contractor who covers West Palm Beach to Miami. Of the 241,000 miles on the odometer of his old truck, “I’d say at least 210,000 of those are on I-95,” he said.
Olivera said he sees a crashed car on the shoulder every day.
He's not surprised I-95, which stretches from Miami to Maine, earned the title as second deadliest highway in America.
The Auto Insurance Centerjust released a new highway study. It shows in 2014, 204 people died on I-95. The two deadliest months of the year for drivers are July and August, according to the study.
It doesn’t break down how many of the deaths occurred in Florida.
“I expect the number to be high, especially in South Florida. Everyone drives reckless around here,” said Angelica Salgado.
She works for a chiropractor and says most patients come in because of crash injuries.
How can you stay safe on the second deadliest highway in the United States? The Florida Highway Patrol encourages you to keep your eyes on the road, obey the speed limits, and put down your cellphone.
“Stay off the cellphones, save your life and save our lives,” reinforced Danny Gimenez, a tow truck operator with Interstate Towing.
The study showed Independence Day is the deadliest day for car crashes nationwide.
The Auto Insurance Center ranked I-10 as the deadliest highway in the nation. The road runs from Jacksonville to Los Angeles. In 2014, 278 people died on the highway.