In an effort to reduce fatalities from car accidents on a deadly stretch of highway, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) engaged in a joint effort with other eastern seaboard states called “Safe 95.”
A study of statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the stretch of Interstate 95 that runs through Florida was at one time the deadliest highway in the United States. The fatal accident rate per mile was 1.73 from 2004 to 2008, greater than any other stretch of road in the country.
The “Safe 95” campaign sought to have a fatality-free week along the entire 2,000-mile highway. The effort involved a safety awareness campaign and a heightened police presence. FHP officials said they focused on critical problem areas, such as speeding, distracted driving, seatbelt use and impaired driving.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2013, the number of highway deaths in Florida was the third highest in the country, behind California and Texas. Measured as a rate of fatalities per 100,000 population, Florida ranked 19th, with Montana having the highest fatality rate.
Car accidents, injuries and fatalities are on the rise in Florida. According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2014 there were 344,207 total crashes in the state, 225,609 injuries and 2,492 traffic fatalities. That is an increase from 2013, when there were 317,180 crashes, 211,077 injuries and 2,404 traffic deaths.
If are involved in an accident, you may be able to recover damages. Compensation could address medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Speak to a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer at Chalik & Chalik for help filing your claim. Call 855-529-0269 to set up your consultation.