“Unfortunately, Tampa has a high rate of car accidents, which often lead to serious injury and death,” said Robert Joyce, a prominent Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable.”
Officials in Hillsborough County performed an analysis of accidents occurring between 2006 and 2010, which included almost 11,000 severe accidents causing incapacitating injury or death. Bicyclists and pedestrians accounted for nearly a third of all traffic deaths in Hillsborough County.
Officials in Pinellas County also performed an analysis of traffic accidents, looking at 18,000 crashes from 2012. There were 106 traffic fatalities in 2012, and 58 percent of the deceased were bicyclists, pedestrians or motorcyclists.
Hillsborough County officials found that several of the most crash-prone intersections in the county were along Dale Mabry Highway. Other dangerous roads included Fletcher and Hillsborough Avenues and Brandon and Bruce B. Downs Boulevards. In Pinellas County, most accidents occurred along Interstate 275 and U.S. 19, the county’s most heavily traveled roads.
In both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, officials found that while the majority of crashes occur during the day, most fatal crashes occur at night.
Hillsborough County officials found that 35 percent of accidents involved drivers making left turns, particularly along four-lane roads lacking a median. The next most frequent categories of accidents were rear-end collisions and lane-departure collisions.