Did you know that there were more than 400,000 car accidents in Florida in 2018 alone? Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of car crashes and more than 250,000 people were injured, some of them having incapacitating injuries.
Although today’s vehicles are very modern and much safer than in previous decades, a lot of drivers get involved in car accidents for various reasons. For example, they might be under the influence of alcohol or drive at speeds over the legal limit.
Here are more interesting Florida car accident facts you might want to know. These statistics can broaden your understanding when it comes to driving safety on the territory of Florida.
1. Nearly 700,000 People Were Involved In Car Accidents in 2017
Unfortunately, the year 2017 was also filled with car accidents of different types. Nearly 400,000 accidents took place this year, involving almost 700,000 people. Some of these crashes resulted in fatalities, others were minor. More than 5,000 of these crashes were caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
2. There Were Almost 1,000 Accidents Per Day in 2017 Alone
If we divide 400,000 car crashes to 365 days we find out that the year 2017 saw more than 1,000 car crashes per day. These crashes happened on the entire Florida territory and nearly 3,000 of them were fatal.
Approximately 166,000 car accidents in Florida caused some sort of injury. As a result, more than 250,000 people involved in car accidents were injured and 20,000 of them had incapacitating injuries. An incapacitating injury means that the person in question is unable to walk or perform the normal activities he or she performed before the car accident.
3. More Than 6,000 Crashes Were Caused By Alcohol or Drug Consumption
Although it’s illegal, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is still a common thing in Florida as well as the other American States. This bad behavior causes numerous car and motorcycle accidents. In 2017, there were more than 6,000 car crashes caused by alcohol or drug consumption.
From these crashes, nearly 4,000 resulted in injuries and almost a thousand were fatalities. At the same time, nearly 10,000 motorcycle accidents were resulting in over 8,000 injuries and almost 500 fatalities. The lesson to be learned is simple – don’t drink and drive.
4. Most Accidents Are Caused by 21-24-Year-Olds
The car crash statistics for Florida reveal that accidents are caused by people of all ages. However, most accidents are caused by reckless 21-24-year-olds. These young adults don’t have enough driving experience, they drive faster than the speed limit or drive under the influence of various illicit substances.
In 2017 alone, these young people caused more than 66,000 accidents resulting in over 17,000 injuries and almost 200 fatalities. Car accidents are also caused by people of an elderly age who don’t have very sharp reflexes or have difficulties seeing in the distance.
5. People In Florida Need to Have Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
The Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is a form of insurance which covers the cost of treating injuries caused by a car accident. This type of insurance is mandatory for all Florida drivers and it helps people mitigate the medical costs of injuries caused by car accidents.
6. There Were Nearly 10,000 Pedestrian Car Crashes in 2017
A car crash isn’t only when two cars collide, but also when a car accidentally hits a pedestrian on a sidewalk. In 2017 alone, there were nearly 10,000 pedestrian accidents which caused over 8,000 injuries and nearly 700 fatalities. Pedestrians are much more vulnerable to injuries and death, so if a car hits a person, most of the times this will result in a serious injury.
7. There Were Nearly 6,600 Bicycle Crashes in 2017
In many instances, a car can hit a bicycle in traffic. This might happen because the driver doesn’t see the bicycle coming or because the rider of the bicycle is making some dangerous maneuvers in traffic. Obviously, the bicycle rider is also very vulnerable to a car accident and in 2017 alone, nearly 6,600 riders were hit by motorized vehicles.
From these accidents, almost all of them resulted in injuries and more than 120 were fatalities. These types of crashes almost always result in injury because they usually happen while the rider is in motion. The kinetic energy of the crash can leave the rider seriously injured and completely damage the bicycle as well.
8. Most Accidents Were Caused by Passenger Vehicles
The authorities in Florida also divided these 400,000 accidents by vehicle types to determine which vehicle type causes the most accidents. As it turns out, passenger vehicles caused more than 270,000 car accidents in 2017. Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) also caused more than 87,000 car accidents while motorcycle riders caused just slightly over 1,000 crashes.
Pickups also caused more than 50,000 crashes while large and heavy trucks caused over 30,000 car accidents in Florida. These trucks caused so many accidents because they are heavy vehicles that cannot be stopped that easily. In the same category, we can include buses that caused more than 7,000 accidents in 2017 alone.
9. The Number of Car Crashes Is Increasing Every Year
This is an alarming fact and maybe a good reason why so many car companies are contemplating the development of self-driving cars. In the year 2015, there were about 375,000 crashes in Florida. In 2016, this number increased to about 395,000 crashes. As mentioned earlier, in 2017 there were more than 400,000 crashes. This year-by-year increase in total crashes makes the roads and highways in Florida more dangerous than ever.
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Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.