Despite a name that could be ominous to non-Florida residents, Alligator Alley is a popular 80-mile stretch of road for both tourists and residents traveling to Miami Beach and driving between Fort Lauderdale and Naples. Built in 1968, Alligator Alley is a toll road that runs through the everglades and is part of I-75.
Because the everglades stretch on both sides of Alligator Alley, the scenery is stunning. However, there are also few services along this part of the I-75 and as the name suggests, there is a significant amount of wildlife, which contributes to car accidents along this corridor. While the roadside is fenced off, car crashes still do happen. Here’s how to reduce your risk:
- Prepare before driving the route. If you’re not familiar with the area, especially, get prepared to drive through this section. Make sure you have water and snacks, and fuel up before you go because there is only one service station in the middle of Alligator Alley. Having water and snacks can be especially important if your car breaks down in the Florida heat.
- Reduce distractions. Alligator Alley is very beautiful because of the everglades and the nature you see may itself be a distraction. Be prepared for the unexpected by reducing distractions before you get in the car. Turn off your cell phone, adjust your mirrors and music if you need to, and be prepared to put your full focus on driving.
- Plan your trip for sunlight. While it is possible to drive Alligator Alley at night, there are only lampposts, so part of the stretch can be very dark, which can make you sleepy. It’s also harder to see animals. Animals can also be more active at dusk and dawn, and even with fencing they can get on the roadway. For all these reasons, drive during the daytime, if you can.
- Obey the speed limit. Alligator Alley has a speed limit of 70 mph and it’s best to stick to that. Not only does it reduce the risk you’ll be in a crash with wildlife, but state troopers routinely hang out tickets on this section of the I-75.
- Drive defensively. Always think a few moves ahead, so you’re prepared for the unexpected. Try to keep a good sense of what is around you and look ahead so you can spot any animals ahead.
- Do not interact with wildlife. Alligators can move fast and will attack if threatened. Always stay well away from any animals you see. In Florida, feeding, running over, or disturbing animals is prohibited.
- Pull over to rest. There are rest stops in Broward County and Collier County if you need to pull over and use the washroom. You may also want to pull over to see the scenery, so you can then focus on driving. In some spots, you may need to drive 30 minutes to get to a rest stop, so plan accordingly.
If you do find yourself injured in a car crash along Alligator Alley or anywhere in Southern Florida, call the law offices of Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 or contact us online. We’re a family-based law firm with offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood so we can get to you quickly. We have also recovered over $100 million for our clients, so we can determine whether you may have a claim. Your first consultation with us is free and comes with no obligation, so there’s no risk in contacting us for a consultation with a Florida car accident claims lawyer.