Florida Car Accident Statistics
Car accidents claim lives every day in Florida and across the United States. Many people are injured in car crashes virtually every hour of the day. Some motor vehicle wrecks are accidents, but too many are caused by reckless and negligent behavior.
When a car accident should not have occurred, those who have been injured or the families of those who have died have a right to be made whole financially for their losses.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and for your pain and suffering. The Florida car accident lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, help accident victims across South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Fort Pierce, Jupiter, Palm Beach and Vero Beach. For a free consultation, contact us today at our toll-free number or through our online contact form.
Car Accidents Happen Every Day in Florida and the U.S.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) publishes an annual report titled “Florida Traffic Crash Statistics.” In the 2010 report, which was released in August 2011, the FLHSMV says there were:
- 235,461 car crashes in the state, an average of 646 each day of the year. That is equal to 27 Florida car accidents every hour of the day.
- 2,261 fatal car accidents in Florida, resulting in 2,444 deaths.
- 124,847 car accidents that resulted in personal injury and 195,104 people injured.
- 108,353 car accidents that caused property damage only.
Car accidents don’t just hurt people in Florida, of course. Across the country in 2010 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says there were:
- 5,419,000 motor vehicle crashes or 14,846 car accidents every day.
- 32,885 people killed and 2,239,000 people injured in car accidents.
Who is Involved in Florida Car Accidents?
The 2010 Florida Traffic Crash Statistics tells us that the people involved in Florida car accidents include:
- 26,848 teen drivers, including 80 teenagers killed and 10,563 injured, 64 teen passengers killed and 7,980 injured. Drivers 15 to 19 years of age have the highest rate of crash involvement (363.97) per 10,000 licensed drivers; and drivers 20 to 24 years old have the highest rate of involvement in fatal crashes (3.05).
- 18,897 elderly drivers (aged 70 to 90-plus), including 322 elderly drivers involved in fatal crashes. Drivers 77 years of age have the highest rate of crash involvement in all crashes (104.70 per 10,000) and 83-year-old drivers have the highest rate of involvement in fatal crashes (2.65), for the age group of 70 to 90-plus.
- 7,484 motorcyclists, including 350 motorcyclists and 33 motorcycle passengers killed, plus 6,686 motorcyclists and 725 motorcycle passengers injured.
- 7,884 pedestrians, including 499 pedestrians killed in car accidents and 7,290 injured.
- 4,925 bicyclists, including 76 bicyclists killed in car accidents and 4,600 injured.
The NHTSA also reports that in 2010:
- 1,210 children younger than 15 years old were killed and 171,000 children younger than 15 were injured in car crashes.
- 5,484 people 65 years old and older were killed and 189,000 were injured in traffic crashes.
How and Why Do Florida Car Crashes Happen?
The 2010 Florida Traffic Crash Statistics says:
- 12,350 drinking drivers were involved in car crashes, including 519 fatal crashes. Drivers 20 to 24 years of age who had been drinking had the highest rate per 10,000 licensed drivers of crash involvement (17.78) and the highest rate in fatal crashes (0.79).
- 34 fatal accidents (23.29 percent) and 2,450 car accidents resulting in personal injury (52 percent) were caused by drivers who “operated motor vehicle in careless or negligent manner.”
- 20 fatal accidents (13.7 percent) and 771 car accidents resulting in personal injury (16.37 percent) were caused by drivers who failed to yield right of way.
- 10 fatal accidents (6.8 percent) and 141 car accidents resulting in personal injury (2.99 percent) were caused by drivers who failed to keep in proper lane.
“Traffic crashes are largely avoidable, and those that result in personal injury or loss of life are too often the unacceptable results of poor preparation and decision making,” Julie L. Jones, executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says in her letter introducing the 2010 Florida Traffic Crash Statistics. At Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we agree.
Contact Our Florida Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured, or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries and losses. If you’ve been hurt, Florida car accident lawyer Philip DeBerard is on your side.
From our office in Stuart, Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for victims of car crashes in locations throughout South Florida and have offices in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach.
To schedule a free consultation, call Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, today at our toll-free number or use our online contact form. We can put our legal team to work on your case right away.
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