Most Recent Car Accident Statistics in South Florida
Car accidents occur every day in South Florida. Some are fender benders and lead to nothing more than scratches, while others result in devastating injuries that completely change the lives of the victims. While many accidents involve two or more cars, some involve only one or a variety of other vehicles present on the road.
Examining statistics on the nature and severity of these accidents can help shed light on car crashes in our state. The following are statistics on recent car accidents in Florida.
Number of Accidents That Occurred on Florida Roads
In 2012 (the most recent year for available data specific to Florida roads), 281,340 traffic crashes occurred. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 227,998 car crashes took place the year before, signifying a 23 percent increase from 2011 to 2012. However, this seemingly massive jump in traffic crashes can be explained by the enactment of Florida Statute 316.066, effective in July 2012, which resulted in more crash reports being submitted by law enforcement personnel.
There were a total of 468,470 drivers involved in crashes in 2012, an average of 770 motor vehicle accidents per day.
Injuries and Deaths Resulting from Accidents on Florida Roads
Throughout the entire year, 198,032 crash victims sustained injuries, including 2,430 deaths. Of course, these numbers don’t represent only car drivers; 425 motorcyclists, 473 pedestrians, 116 bicyclists and 17 other non-motorists lost their lives as well.
Teen Crashes and Alcohol Use
A high number of 2012 crashes involved teen drivers and passengers. According to the report, 34,341 teen crashes took place, leading to 77 teen drivers and 48 teen passengers killed, as well as another 8,967 and 7,049 injured, respectively.
The data suggests that life-threatening alcohol use is far too common among Florida drivers. Out of all of the crashes that occurred in 2012, 17,258 were possibly alcohol-related, contributing to 12,066 injuries, including 877 fatalities. Nearly 10,000 of the alcohol-related crashes were confirmed, with 7,000 suspected, though proof was not readily available.
What do the numbers mean?
The data shows that teen drivers are disproportionately at risk of crashing, and fortifies the claim that driving under the influence will result in impaired judgment, raising the risks of a crash.
It is not always possible to avoid a motor vehicle accident on South Florida roads. If you have been involved in a wreck, contact one of the attorneys at Chalik & Chalik today. Together we will help fight for the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Call us as soon as possible at 855-529-0269 or toll free at 855-529-0269.