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Shocking Stats: Accidents in the State of Florida

Accidents in Florida

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 29,989 fatal motor vehicle crashes throughout the United States in 2014, resulting in a total of 32,675 deaths. The state of Florida accounted for more than 2,330 of these fatal crashes and roughly 2,490 of the deaths.

Out of the 2,400+ deaths recorded, more than 790 of the victims were car occupants. Additional statistics show that over 420 of the victims were either SUV, pickup truck, or large truck occupants, almost 450 of them were motorcyclists, over 130 of them were bicyclists, and almost 600 of them were pedestrians.

The Florida population was roughly 19,893,297 at that time, which equals out to 12.5 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.24 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. It was also reported that over 55 percent of the deaths involved single-vehicles and 45 percent involved multiple-vehicles.

Florida Traffic Death Reports

More than 900 of the Florida drivers killed were reported to have had BAC’s or 0.08 or higher, over 500 of the fatally injured occupants were not wearing seat belts, and only 53 percent of the 1,206 total victims were restrained.Florida Traffic Death Reports stated that in 2010, the state of Florida had a 12.98 fatality rate per 100,000 people. Individuals from the age of 21 to 24 made up for almost 10 percent of the total traffic deaths, while over 30 percent involved people from age 55 to 70 or older.

Thankfully, children ages 15 and under accounted for only 4 percent and young adults from age 16 to 20 accounted for only 9 percent. Additional age group percentages included 25 to 34 year olds who made up for 17 percent, 35 to 44 year olds who made up for 12 percent, and 45 to 54 year olds who made up for 15 percent.

Only 47 percent of these victims were reported to have been wearing a seat belt, while over 50 percent of the victims were unrestrained.

Additional statistics for from the Florida Traffic Death Reports of 2010 shown below:

  • total fatal car crashes: 2,262
  • total traffic deaths: 2,445
  • drunk driving deaths: 660
  • total pedestrians killed: 487
  • drivers killed: 1,028
  • passengers killed: 423
  • motorcyclists killed: 396
  • pedestrians killed: 487
  • pedal cyclists killed: 83
  • other or unknown: 28
  • passenger cars involved: 839
  • light trucks involved: 564
  • large trucks involved: 27
  • buses involved: 8
  • motorcycles involved: 396
  • other vehicles or unknown: 20
  • drunk driving deaths: 660
  • traffic deaths from DUI: 27%

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Bike Accidents in Florida

Based off reports released in late 2015 through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida has the highest rate of bicycling deaths of any state in the nation with 0.57 per 100,000. This is more than double the nationwide rate of 0.23 per 100,000.

According to CDC reports, mostly all other states have found a way to crack down on deaths via bicycle over the last few years.

With the number of deaths per 100,000 people declining over 40 percent from 0.41 to 0.23 during the periods measured (1975 to 1979 and 2008 to 2012), safety seems to be improving for bicyclists in all other states. Yet, Florida has only reduced the number less than 10 percent over the last three decades.

Speak With an Florida Accident Lawyer Now

Thousands and thousands of individuals are injured or killed each year due to car and bike accidents in Florida.

If you or someone you know was involved in a Florida based accident, contact The West Palm Beach personal injury attorney, for a free case evaluation. Fetterman & Associates will handle everything for you, and get you the results you deserve.

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