10 Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Car Accidents In Florida

Each day, there are about 135 million motor vehicles that travel the roads of the United States. With so many people driving, it’s no wonder that so many things have the potential to go wrong. Car accidents happen every day, causing millions of injuries and fatalities. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are over six million road accidents reported each year. Three million of them result in injuries. Two million of those injuries are permanent.

10 Facts That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Those are just a few things that you might not know about car accidents. When it comes to accidents in the state of Florida, here are 10 more surprising facts you might not be aware of.

In 2016, there were about 395,797 car accidents in Florida. That averages out to nearly 1,084 accidents each day. This is a dramatic increase from 2012 when the totals reached 770 per day.

Around 42 percent of auto accidents in Florida result in at least one injury. 2,936 car crashes in 2016 were fatal, resulting in 3,177 deaths.

More than 22,533 auto accidents in Florida involved alcohol.

There were over 14,597 injuries reported in the accidents that involved alcohol.

The top five reasons for auto accidents in Florida include:

· Distracted driving
· DUI / Driving While Intoxicated
· Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
· Reckless and careless driving
· Driver inattention to surroundings

The most common time for fatalities in an auto accident is between midnight and 2 am on Friday night/early Saturday morning.

Though Florida is known for its tropical climate and heavy periods of rain, most car accidents occur on dry surfaces. Only 6.5 percent of car accidents in Florida happen in bad weather.

The majority of accidents involve drivers between the ages of 25 – 34 with 12,781 accidents and 226 fatalities. The lowest number of accidents occur in the age group of 75 – 84 with 2,192 accidents and 49 fatalities.

Close to half of all fatalities in car crashes involve passengers who do not wear their seatbelt.

The vehicle types that cause the most injuries and property damage are:

· First – passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs
· Second – Heavy trucks and tractor trailers
· Third – Buses

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Just because you never knew the facts doesn’t mean that you can’t fall victim to them. Auto accidents can bring about so many problems, it’s no wonder that about 25 percent of total road accidents end up being handled by an auto accident lawyer. If you’ve been seriously injured in an auto related crash, you might be a part of that percentage.

It’s important to choose an auto accident lawyer who has experience dealing with insurance companies and liability issues. Your lawyer is your advocate, and many times they can help you avoid the process of going to court. To ensure that you get the full compensation you deserve in any car accident, let your lawyer and your doctor work together to help you become one of the good statistics.


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