Car accidents are a serious issue across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) commonly lists motor vehicle collisions as one of the leading causes of death in America, with more than 30,000 people dying each year on average. Just how troublesome are car accidents in Florida, though? Todd Miner Law Group has taken a look at some recent statistics from 2018 and 2019 to find some answers.
Fatal Crash Statistics from 2018
There are millions of motor vehicle accidents in America each year, so collecting and studying crash data are big tasks. With so much work to be done, researchers usually cannot release their findings until some years later, which is why most of the information about car accidents in Florida is dated 2018 or sooner. Still, this information is useful, even with a quick review.
Key 2018 Florida fatal crash statistics:
- There were 3,133 traffic fatalities in 2,915 crashes.
- Florida has one of the highest traffic death rates per 100,000 residents at 14.7.
- 18% of motor vehicle deaths were suffered by motorcycle riders.
- 22% of traffic fatalities were suffered by pedestrians.
- 52% of fatal crashes involved a single vehicle.
- Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing was ordered for more than 1,160 fatal traffic collisions due to suspected drunk driving incidents.
- At least 703 traffic deaths were suffered by people who were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
- Around 60% of all fatal traffic accidents occurred in urban settings and streets.
Florida Fatal Crash Data from 2019
Full data sheets about fatal motor vehicle accidents in Florida for 2019 are largely unavailable due to the newness of the data. However, the Florida Department of Health has estimated that 3,273 people died in traffic collisions last year. This amount, if it holds true after further studies, is about 5% larger than 2018, which is not the direction the state would like to move.
Drive Cautiously to Prevent Car Accidents
To help bring the number of car accidents in Florida down this year and every year that follows, we all need to do our part to drive more cautiously. Never drive while texting, after drinking, or when feeling exhausted. Limit conversations with passengers in your car to avoid getting too distracted. Always follow posted speed limits and adhere to the rules of the road at all times. Using just these basic safety tips that every driver should know can help you stay out of a crash with a reckless driver.
However, you can never know for certain when you will be blindsided by a negligent motorist. If you get hurt in a crash that was not your fault, Todd Miner Law in Orlando should be the first name you call. Dial us at (407) 269-5877 to arrange your free case evaluation.