May 05, 2019
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While Florida may not have the highest rate of car accidents in the United States, it’s near the top and South Florida tends to be the most dangerous area of the state for drivers – thanks to its densely populated metropolitan areas and high number of tourists on the road, including spring breakers and international visitors. South Florida also lacks the infrastructure to handle its skyrocketing population and tourist demand which has contributed to a number of dangerous intersections in the region.

Here are five intersections that should be approached with caution in South Florida and what you should do if you are hurt in a collision.

South Florida’s Most Dangerous Intersections

South Florida’s Most Dangerous Intersections

South Florida is notorious for its congested roadways, intoxicated spring breakers, high rate of out-of-state and international visitors, and dangerous road conditions. The following are just five of the most dangerous intersections in the South Florida area that deserve extra care.

Pines Blvd & South Flamingo Rd in Pembroke Pines

This intersection in Broward County is especially dangerous for pedestrians. Over a recent five-year period, more than 100 pedestrians have been fatally injured at Pines Blvd. and South Flamingo Rd. In 2001, State Farm Insurance named this as America’s most dangerous intersection. In fact, it has even been called one of the world’s most dangerous intersections ranking alongside Bolivia’s “Road of Death.”

The city of Pembroke Pines has since added a new eastbound through lane, lengthened the turn lanes, and closed an opening to a restaurant to prevent left turns. Four years after making these improvements, collisions dropped 64%. While safer, pedestrian accidents are still common here.

Hialeah Garden Blvd & Okeechobee Rd in Hialeah Gardens

This intersection in Hialeah Gardens earned a spot on TIME’s list of 12 most dangerous intersections in the country. About 50% of the intersections on the list are in Florida. Okeechobee Road is a major roadway in Hialeah Gardens and a frequent site of collisions but this intersection has been identified as especially dangerous

NE Second Ave & 36th Street in Midtown Miami

One glance at this massive intersection and it’s easy to see why accidents are so common. Commuters and shoppers meet here as thousands of vehicles attempt to merge off and on the Julia Tuttle Causeway toward Miami Beach. The intersection has a confusing design with three roads located next to active railroad tracks and a left-turn lane that’s always backed up across the intersection.

SW 117th Ave & 152nd St in South Miami-Dade

This intersection has been ranked as Miami-Dade’s second-most dangerous according to traffic accident data from 2014. It’s no surprise with six lanes in each direction, confusing signage, and high-speed traffic and backups as drivers maneuver off the Ronald Reagan Turnpike. To reduce accidents in the intersection, the Florida Turnpike southbound exit was recently moved as part of a larger effort to widen the Turnpike.

Atlantic Blvd & U.S. 1 in Pompano Beach

More than 6,000 traffic accidents have been reported between NE 18th Street and U.S. 1 just off Atlantic Blvd. This incredibly busy 24-lane intersection is marked by packed businesses and a lack of clear signage. With this many lanes converging in one place, a high rate of accidents is almost a sure thing.

Common Injuries After a Car Accident

It’s a common misconception that only happen in serious collisions. The truth is even a minor fender bender can cause serious neck and head injuries. The following are some of the most common injuries associated with collisions:

  • This refers to a very common neck injury caused by a rapid and forceful back-and-forth movement, usually after a rear-end accident.
  • Head injuries. A traumatic brain injury or TBI may have immediate side effects or it may take days for symptoms to become apparent. Depending on the severity of the injury, a TBI can cause headaches, sleeping problems, confusion, and potentially long-term effects.
  • Herniated discs. A herniated disc happens when one of the rubbery discs between the vertebrae in your spine shifts out of place or even ruptures. A ruptured disc occurs when the softer inside of the disc pushes through the harder exterior. Herniated discs are notoriously painful as they can press on nearby nerves and cause weakness or numbness in a leg or arm.

What to Do After an Accident in South Florida

After a car accident, you may be left feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. While it’s definitely important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible and gather evidence of your accident, your first priority should be seeking immediate medical attention — even if you think you are fine! (Check out our “Next Steps After an Accident” page for more information on this)

Sometimes serious injuries take days or even weeks to become apparent, especially in the case of whiplash and herniated discs. Delaying medical care may be putting your long-term health at risk by allowing your condition to worsen without diagnosis and treatment.

Chiropractic care can be invaluable after a car accident to help diagnose and treat hidden injuries like ruptured discs, reduce pain, and support your recovery naturally. At County Line Chiropractic, we believe in a natural approach to medicine without the use of potentially addictive medications that can cause more harm than good by tricking your body into thinking it’s fine — only to aggravate an injury.

If you have been involved in a car accident in South Florida, give us a call today at 800-811-1231 to schedule an appointment for gentle chiropractic care to help begin your recovery.

You can also make an appointment online and walk-ins are always welcomed at all of our five South Florida locations in:

 

 

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