A new report confirms what people who live and work in Broward County, Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County already know: South Florida traffic is frustrating at best, dangerous at worst. Fort Lauderdale car accident injury attorneys like us see the tragic outcomes of this situation in our daily work on behalf of families. And it appears traffic here in the Sunshine State is actually getting worse.
According to The Miami Herald, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's 2012 Urban Mobility Report ranks the Miami Dade, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, Florida region as 11th among the 15 worst urban areas for traffic congestion. The study looks at both cities and surrounding suburbs, where people commute to and from work.
The number-one worst traffic was reported in Washington, DC, with Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland, New York-Newark, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Seattle beating out South Florida as the worst-traffic leaders. The report discusses a number of problems that contribute to and result from the nation's and South Florida's traffic headaches, including the following:
- Motorists do not plan ahead to allow sufficient time to get through congested areas.
- So many vehicles stopped in traffic creates waste of gas and increased carbon dioxide emissions released into the environment.
- Auto crashes, bad weather, work zones, detours, police stops, and other factors contribute to traffic slowdowns.
- Tourist hot spots -- of which we have many here in South Florida -- contribute to the problem.
- Friday is the worst day to travel, with both work and weekend travel coinciding along with school and other activities.
- Overnight and mid-day travel accounts for 37% of traffic congestion -- despite these being times that motorists expect free flowing traffic.
- Commuters in areas with more than 3 million people suffered an average 52 hours of delay in 2011. That's more than a full work week of time wasted in traffic!
- Shippers hauling freight in large commercial trucks across Florida and other states add to the complexity of the problem.
The report discusses the need for both more advanced planning on the part of commuters as well as commercial vehicle owners, and expansion of transportation infrastructure. (See link to report PDF below.)
South Florida traffic can cause headaches and lead to reckless or even aggressive driving behavior. In addition to having some of the worst traffic congestion in the U.S., South Florida cities, including Fort Lauderdale, have been reported as some of the most dangerous and deadly for pedestrians. If you or a family member were involved in a car accident with injury that you believe was caused by a negligent or reckless driver, contact an experienced Miami-Dade car crash lawyer to see if you may have a case.
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Traffic woes: South Florida roads among most congested in U.S.
The Miami Herald Feb. 5, 2013
TTI’s 2012 URBAN MOBILITY REPORT Powered by INRIX Traffic Data (PDF)
Texas A&M Transportation Institute : The Texas A&M University System Dec. 2012