Car Accident Statistics in Lakeland
It doesn’t take a statistics wizard to know that driving in Florida can be dangerous. In fact, Florida is the most dangerous state in the United States in terms of car accidents and fatalities. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident in Lakeland, contact the team at Abercrombie, P.A. today to discuss your legal options for seeking compensation for your injuries.
Read more below for Florida car accidents by the numbers, and schedule a free initial consultation now. During your consultation, you will be able to get a better understanding of how we can help you through this difficult, often traumatic, time in your life with the legal support that you need and deserve, and to get you the money that you are entitled to.
The following data is collected from Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and is used to figure out new ways to increase driver and passenger safety across the state each year.
Total Crashes and Fatal Crashes in Florida
In 2017, there was a total of almost 403,000 crashes in the state of Florida. This was an increase of 1.67% since 2016. Fortunately, fatal crashes went down by 0.37% in the same amount of time. In 2017, there were 2,924 fatal crashes with a total of 3,116 fatalities. In 2016, these numbers were 2,935 fatal crashes with a total of 3,176 deaths. While these changes are not that significant in terms of lives saved, every person spared from a fatal car accident is a great success.
Intoxicated Driving in Florida
Intoxication is a major contributing factor to accidents in Florida, and there are many more drivers who go undetected while driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The following statistics are only in regards to accidents and do not include DUI arrests or other traffic stops.
In 2017, there were 5,125 accidents where alcohol impairment was a confirmed factor. Of those 5.125 accidents, 350 were fatal and caused 374 deaths. In addition, there were another 668 crashes were other drugs were confirmed to play a factor, with 310 of them fatal with a total of 338 deaths. Fatal crashes where alcohol was a factor went down by 16% between 2016 and 2017, which is excellent news, although alcohol-related crashes as a whole only went down by 1.88%.
Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
Florida has repeatedly been determined to be the most dangerous state for motorcycles in the country, which is unfortunate given the excellent weather for this method of transportation and enjoyment. In 2017, there were a total of 9,707 motorcycle crashes in Florida with 515 deaths and 7,725 injuries reported. Motorcycle accidents were down by 6.04% between 2016 and 2017, from 10,331. Of those 10,331 motorcycle crashes in 2016, there were 515 deaths, meaning there were exactly as many motorcycle fatalities in both 2016 and 2017.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents in Florida
It is equally as dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists in Florida as it is for motorcycle accidents, and is the most dangerous state for cyclists and the second-most dangerous for pedestrians. There are a lot of different reasons that people can speculate as to why this is the case, but some reasons that are widely agreed is the high population density of the state, the aging population, and the high number of tourists who are unfamiliar with the Florida roadways.
In 2017, 9,420 pedestrians were involved in accidents with cars, and 659 were killed in these accidents. In addition, there were 8,126 injuries reported. These crashes were up by 3.49% since 2016, when there were 9,085 total accidents involving pedestrians.
Bicycle crashes are equally as alarming, with a total of 6,675 accidents reported involving bicycles with a total of 128 fatalities and 6,263 injuries. Bicycle crashes also increased between 2016 and 2017, but only by .10%.
Contact Us Today About Your Car Accident
If you are one of the many people who has been injured in a car accident in Florida, contact us immediately to learn about your rights and options for seeking compensation from either the driver or their car insurance company. We will work to build a strong case that makes a clear argument for the money you rightfully deserve and take the legal stressors off of your plate so that you can focus on recovery and getting your life back on track after this catastrophic situation.