The state has just released new traffic accident figures for 2009 and they show a continued trend downward for traffic fatalities. The number of deaths on our roads dropped 14 percent from the previous year, the fourth consecutive year of declines.
Motorcycle deaths declined even more – 24 percent in 2009 from the previous year.
The report is called the “2009 Florida Traffic Crash Statistics Report” which is generated annually by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and is available online. The report card on traffic accidents of all sorts in our state is issued every year after statisticians compile all of the data from law enforcement agencies around the state.
Other positive highlights of the report include:
- Traffic fatalities dropped from 2,983 in 2008 to 2,563 in 2009 in Florida.
- The number of deaths per 100 million miles traveled dropped to 1.3 in 2009. That is the lowest the state has ever reported.
- There were 402 motorcycle fatalities in Florida in 2009, 532 in 2008. In 2003 the number was lower – 358 deaths. In 1999 there were 164 deaths but after the repeal of the helmet law in 2000 the number of fatalities jumped sharply to 241.
- Fatalities involving teen drivers fell significantly – more than 20 percent from 193 in 2008 to 153 in 2009.
- DUI fatalities fell by 14 percent. Even with the improving picture, more than 1,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes.
- Fatalities for pedestrians and bicyclists dropped four percent
- Fatal bicycle accidents dropped 15 percent
Even with cars designed to keep us safer, safety campaigns that are reducing deaths on the road, accidents still occur. If you or a loved one is injured in a traffic or motorcycle accident, a Florida accident attorney can help preserve your rights and thoroughly investigate the cause and the at-fault party. A consultation is free and comprehensive.