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Florida - Vacation hotspot offering numerous beaches and the world's most popular theme park
Despite its official nickname being "The Sunshine State", the nation's third most populous state is actually more lightning and hurricane-prone than any other. That doesn't stop millions of people per year from flocking to the state's most important location, the most visited vacation resort on the planet, Walt Disney World. The state also offers a myriad of other theme parks, plentiful beaches, and is the biggest grower of citrus fruit in the country. With all the people coming to and already living in the large state of Florida, efficient, spanning roadways are a must. The Florida Department of Transportation provides and maintains these roadways, including the major interstate highways listed below:
- I-4, which bisects the state, connecting Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando, and Daytona Beach, connecting with I-75 in Tampa and I-95 in Daytona Beach.
- I‑10, which traverses the panhandle, connecting Pensacola, Tallahassee, Lake City, and Jacksonville, with interchanges with I-75 in Lake City and I-95 in Jacksonville.
- I‑75, which enters the state near Lake City and continues southward through Gainesville, Ocala, Tampa's eastern suburbs, Bradenton, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples, where it crosses the "Alligator Alley" to Fort Lauderdale before turning southward and terminating in Hialeah/Miami Lakes having interchanges with I-10 in Lake City and I-4 in Tampa.
- I‑95, which enters the state near Jacksonville and continues along the Atlantic Coast through Daytona Beach, the Melbourne/Titusville, Palm Bay, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Stuart, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, before terminating in Downtown Miami, with interchanges with I-10 in Jacksonville and I-4 in Daytona Beach.
Even though tropical storms are a common occurance in Florida, the fact that it is a peninsula, and that no location is too far from the coast, moderates its climate considerably. Florida consists of mostly humid-subtropical climate areas, with temperatures in the states largest city, Jacksonville, dropping below freezing on only about 16 days of the year, which is an attractive statistic for those trying to escape the cold. The most southern portions of the state are very close to having a true tropical climate, with the Florida Keys being 72 miles from the Tropic of Cancer.
Accident Data Center covers accidents in all areas of Florida
Ft. Myers-Naples: The main cities of the state's most southwestern area, just north of Everglades National Park. Gainesville: Located between the major cities of Orlando and Jacksonville, home to the University of Florida, 8th largest university by enrollment in the country Jacksonville: The largest city in the state, and the largest city by area in the lower-48 states. Both I-10 and I-95 pass through the area, as well as I-295, an auxiliary route of I-95 that encircles the city. Miami-Fort Lauderdale: The major southeastern coastal cities of the state. Miami is a center for television production, and is the backdrop to many reality TV shows. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne: Orlando, located near the center of Florida, is home to the Walt Disney World resort theme park. Daytona Beach and Melbourne are located on the coast just east of Orlando. Panama City: On the coast of the northwestern panhandle; the largest city between Tallahassee and Pensacola. Tallahassee: The state capital, near the border with Georgia. Also includes accidents from the area of nearby Thomasville, GA. Tampa-St. Petersburg: The second largest metropolitan statistical area in the state, located north of Ft. Myers along the west coast, on the shores of Tampa Bay. West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce: Located just north of Fort Lauderdale along the east coast. Cut through by I-95.
Links to Florida transportation and safety organizations
Florida Bicycle Association is a non-profit with a mission to to be a state where bicycling is safe, respected and encouraged as a means of transportation and recreation. Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is a government agency which focuses on ensuring safety on highways and providing quality service to motorists across the state. Florida Department of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities provides information on resources for these groups.
Steps to take after being affected by a serious Florida accident
Whether it's you, a friend, or a family member that has been injured or killed in an auto accident in Florida, the victim and their relatives could end up facing significant medical bills, lost income, and other costs. It is important to get legal assistance to help the accident victim recover, or when the accident is fatal, to help the family members get fully compensated for their losses. Learn more about how a Florida personal injury attorney will help injured victims and families.