Palm Beach County is considered the third most populous county in the entire state, but based on land area, Palm Beach County is actually the largest county. As of July 2015, approximately 1.42 million people lived in the county, an increase of nearly 8% since 2014.
With millions of people inhabiting the area, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the area is the site of thousands of car accidents. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, 24,887 accidents were reported in 2015 in Palm Beach County alone; this was a 2.45% increase compared to 2014. Unfortunately, car accident fatalities also increased during this time.
Most residents believe that they know exactly which intersections are the most dangerous. These areas are where most people run red lights, speed, fail to yield, or drive recklessly. Based on data collected in 2014 and 2015, the following intersections are the most dangerous in the county.
- Okeechobee Blvd. and State Road 7 – approximately 140 crashes were reported in 2014 – down from the 160+ reported in 2013.
- Southern Blvd. and State Road 7 – a total of 120 accidents were reported at this intersection, which is teeming with shopping plazas.
- Military Tr. and Forest Hill Blvd. – a total of 114 accidents were reported at this intersection, which was ranked the most dangerous in Palm Beach County in 2007.
- Atlantic Ave. and Congress Ave. – this intersection just west of I-95 was the site of more than 105 accidents, many of which occurred during the morning rush hour.
- Forest Hill Blvd. and State Road 7 – At least 90 accidents were reported at this intersection, where the Wellington Regional Medical Center sits across from a large shopping complex.
- Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. and PGA Blvd. – this downtown Palm Beach Gardens intersection was the site of 87 accidents in 2014.
- Palmetto Park Rd. and Powerline Rd. – Just over 80 accidents were reported in this southern Palm Beach County intersection.
Western Palm Beach County has seen exponential growth over the years, which is why more and more intersections in the western part of the county have become dangerous.
A recent study on pedestrian and bicycle safety has also indicated that several intersections are more dangerous for those on foot or a bicycle. Some high crash rate intersections include:
- Federal Hwy. from Camino Real to Glades Rd.
- Atlantic Ave. from Military Tr. to Ocean Blvd.
- Military Tr. from Melaleuca Ln. to Community Dr.
- Northlake Blvd. from Military Tr. to Alt A1A
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