Roadway Collisions Down in Miami 8%
INRIX, the world leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, released a new study that analyzed the impact of COVID-19 on vehicle collisions across the nation’s busiest and riskiest roadways.
From the onset of the global pandemic, INRIX has tracked, analyzed and reported on a wide variety of transportation trends. For this study, INRIX analyzed road conditions on America’s busiest Interstates, freeways, expressways and arterials in the Top 25 Metro Areas in the U.S. to determine the impact of vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) reductions on travel speeds and collisions.
Key findings include:
Miami ranked 24th among the Top 25 U.S. metros for having the largest reduction in collisions from pandemic-related restrictions, at -8%;
The top collision corridor in Miami is I-95, which saw a 18% reduction in collisions alone since last year;
Miami’s riskiest hotspot is I-95 at Ives Dairy Rd.
VMT dropped but vehicle speeds increased between April and July, playing a significant factor in the increase in the fatality rate on our nation’s roadways;
While early federal statistics indicate a 31% increase in the Q2 fatality rate, collisions decreased significantly;
As VMT hit its lowest point and recovered nationwide, collisions fell more than 50% in seven metropolitan areas, and 21 of 25 metros saw at least 25% fewer collisions;
Increase in collisions between August and October outpaced the growth in travel, resulting in a higher collision rate;
Two-thirds of metros had larger collision reductions on Interstates and/or freeways than on arterial streets.