Florida Car Accident Statistics
Statistics don’t lie. Drivers are distracted, negligent, and angry. According to the United States Department of Transportation, over six million traffic and car accidents occur every year, including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents. Of those accidents, three million people are injured each year and 40,000 people are killed. It’s scary for those who are behind a wheel daily.
In Florida alone, the car accident statistics become even more frightening. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 366,917 drivers involved in an accident in 2007.
Below is a summary of the Florida traffic statistics of 2007:
- Drivers involved in accidents – 366,917
- Mileage Death Rate (per 100 million vehicle miles traveled) – 1.57
- Traffic deaths – 3,221
- Fatal traffic accidents – 2,947
- Injuries from traffic crashes – 212,149
- Accidents resulting in injuries – 135,601
- Accidents resulting in property damage only – 117,658
- Alcohol-related accidents – 22,823
- Drug-related accidents – 1,252
- Pedestrian accidents – 8,129
- Bicycle accidents – 4,847
- Motorcycle crashes – 9,205
The report goes on to note that drivers between the ages of 15 to 19 were involved in more traffic accidents than any other age group. Drivers between the ages of 20 to 24 had the highest rate of alcohol-related accidents. Within that age group, 21 year old drivers had the highest rate in all auto crashes, including fatal accidents involving alcohol.
There’s not much you can do to protect yourself on the road from being involved with a car accident. Trust your instincts, be aware of your surroundings, and avoid distractions like your cell phone. When a serious car accident occurs, it’s best to contact Steven A. Bagen & Associates to discuss your personal injury case.