Dangerous intersections in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres increase risk of car accidents

Lee County car accidents declined slightly for the second year in a row, a reduction officials contribute to high gas prices and the economic downturn. However, where you drive is an important factor in whether or not you are involved in a Southwest Florida car accident as some of the county’s most dangerous intersection remained the same, according to The News-Press.

When high numbers of traffic accidents occur at a particular intersection, it is often a sign of defective design, haphazard engineering or other problem. Frequently, there are multiple causes that contribute to a serious or fatal car accident and consulting an experienced Fort Myers injury attorney can help protect your rights.

A total of 11,923 Lee County traffic crashes were reported last year — or about 33 crashes a day. That is down 677 from the 12,600 reported in 2008, according to the Lee County Traffic Crash Summary Report.

For the 5th year in a row, motorists at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Daniels Parkway were at the greatest risk of being involved in an auto accident. Eighty-two crashes were reported at the intersection, where officials say turn-lane improvements are under way.

When the number of cars using the intersection is taken into account, Lehigh Acres car accidents at Lee Boulevard and Gunnery Road posed the most danger to motorists. That intersection had the most accidents per number of cars of any intersection in Lee County. No improvements are currently in the works to improve safety, according to The News-Press report.

The most Cape Coral car accidents occurred at Del Prado and Veterans Parkway. While North Fort Myers car accidents were most likely to occur at U.S. 41 and Pine Island Road.

Lee County’s Top 10 most dangerous intersections:
U.S. 41 and Daniels: 82 accidents
I-75 and Colonial: 62 accidents
SR 82 and Colonial: 56 accidents
U.S. 41 and Six Mile Cypress: 53 accidents
U.S. 41 and College Pkwy: 53 accidents
Summerlin and College: 48 accidents
Colonial and Six Mile Cypress: 48 accidents
Del Prado and Veterans: 48 accidents
Daniels and Six Mile Cypress: 43 accidents
U.S. 41 and Pine Island Road: 40 accidents

Roadwork is under way or in planning at 7 of the county’s 10 most-dangerous intersections while apparently nothing is being done at the remaining locations.