Orlando Sentinel has reported that traffic deaths have dramatically increased in Central
Florida and throughout the nation since 2015, which saw more than 35,000
fatal crashes. This reflects a more than seven percent increase in auto
accident deaths since 2014, breaking a fifty-year trend of declining traffic
fatalities. This month alone, seven people have already been killed in
auto accidents, including four pedestrians, a semi-truck driver, and the
driver of a passenger vehicle.
A Florida Department of Transportation report revealed that Orlando ranked
first of Florida’s large cities for the highest number of serious
injury and fatality crashes per capita between 2009 and 2013. Orlando
also ranked first for the highest number of pedestrian crashes, speed-related
crashes, and aggressive driving-related crashes.
According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles, since the beginning of this year, there has been a 12 percent
increase in fatal crashes over 2015 in the Volusia, Brevard, Lake, Seminole,
Osceola, and Orange Counties. While an exact cause has not been identified,
troopers suspect that factors such as distracted driving, poor vehicle
maintenance, and speeding may be to blame. Officials also suggest that
low fuel prices and job growth have placed more drivers on the road, thus
increasing the potential for accidents.
In light of these statistics, The Department of Transportation is formulating
a safety plan to help reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths
on city streets and highways in Florida. The plan includes statewide education
campaigns to remind drivers of safe driving techniques as well as other
According to an administrator of the National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration (NHTSA), approximately 94 percent of accidents involve
some form of human error.
Todd Miner Law represents victims of
bicycle accidents, and
pedestrian accidents. If you have been injured due to the actions of a careless driver, talk
to an Orlando personal injury lawyer at our firm for more information
on your right to pursue compensation.
Schedule your free consultation today.