Miami’s Dangerous Roads
Not surprisingly, there are more car accidents reported in Miami-Dade County than anywhere else in the state of Florida — with Broward and Orange Counties normally reporting the next highest numbers. Covid-19 significantly reduced auto traffic, which is seen in the decrease in crashes in 2020 and 2021.
Reported Car Accidents in Miami, 2014-2021
Auto crashes in Miami increased by 10% in the years between 2014 and 2017, followed by a decrease in 2018. The year 2019 saw an increase, however the number decreased significantly in 2020 due to reduced traffic. The bad news is that statistics show that crash numbers increased in 2021, with a 6% increase over 2020.
- 2014: 60,191
- 2015: 63,523
- 2016: 64,118
- 2017: 65,986
- 2018: 64,627
- 2019: 65,143
- 2020: 51,543
- 2021: 54,749 (as of December 2, 2021)
However, with a nearly 26% decrease in the number of accidents in Miami between 2019 and 2020, there were more fatalities in 2020 than in 2019. Unfortunately, this upward trend of fatalities from crashes continued into 2021.
Fatal Crashes in Miami, 2014-2021
Fatalities have increased a staggering 14% between 2014 and 2021.
- 2014: 269 fatal crashes, 281 fatalities
- 2015: 316 fatal crashes, 340 fatalities
- 2016: 281 fatal crashes, 296 fatalities
- 2017: 270 fatal crashes, 285 fatalities
- 2018: 273 fatal crashes, 293 fatalities
- 2019: 282 fatal crashes, 298 fatalities
- 2020: 205 fatal crashes, 314 fatalities
As of December, 2021, there have been 294 fatal crashes and 320 fatalities in Miami-Dade.
Miami Has Some of the State’s Most Dangerous Roads
According to a recent study, Miami is home to 4 of the 15 most dangerous stretches of road in the state of Florida. There are more crashes and fatalities on these specific stretches of road than anywhere else in the state.
I-95 Express Toll in Little River, Miami: This 3.85 mile stretch of road is actually the most dangerous place to drive in the entire state of Florida with a rate of 7.01 fatalities per mile.
I-95 in North Miami: This 7.88 mile stretch of road has a rate of 6.60 fatalities per mile.
NW 54th Street: This stretch of road, measuring less than 2 miles, has a rate of 5.08 fatalities per mile.
NW 7th Street: This 2.56 mile stretch of road in downtown Miami has a rate of 4.69 fatalities per mile.
Geotab ranks Miami Deadlier than Texas and California
The research firm Geotab calculated the total number of crashes, fatalities, and a “fatal crash rate” based on those figures — and by every measure, Florida’s long ribbon of U.S. 1 was the worst. Its fatal crash rate easily eclipsed Geotab’s second-place highway, Texas’ U.S. 83; and the third deadliest road, a short stretch of I-40 in California.