Just how are we doing as a state in regard to highway fatalities? A new report issued from the Florida Highway Patrol compiled crash data from around the state for 2008.
Unbelievably- Jacksonville was the top city for the number of crashes around the state, even topping Miami by about 50 percent. There were 14,000 auto crashes in Jacksonville in 2008. There are very aggressive drivers around Jacksonville, and add talking on a cell phone, texting and other distractions and it is not entirely surprising. Also, about 60 percent of traffic fatalities result from people not wearing their seat belts.
On the other hand, there is good news to report. The number of traffic fatalities (2,983) on Florida’s roads in 2008 was 3,221 less than the year before. This is the first time there have been fewer than 3,000 fatalities on Florida’s roads since 2000. Alcohol related crashes declined six percent during the same time period. Still, drunk driving contributes to about 40 percent of traffic accidents.
Even motorcycle accidents that led to death declined by 3.3 percent but have still climbed steadily over the past decade. Pedestrian fatalities were down by 5.3 percent from 2007 to 2008 but pedestrian injuries and crashes went up more than four percent.
Teen car accident wrongful death in Florida declined almost 17 percent and teen passengers’ deaths declined almost 29 percent. 20 to 24 year olds have the most accidents per 10,000 licensed drivers at 4.24, while 65 to 69 year olds are the safest at 1.24. Even 90 plus year old drivers have fewer accidents than teens and twenty year olds at 2.37 per 10,000.
The aftermath of a serious auto accident, whether it involved another car, motorcycle, or truck, can be quite devastating. You may find that seeking an experienced Florida auto accident lawyer helps make the process much smoother. At Farah and Farah, we’ve been helping those injured in an auto accident caused by another driver’s negligence receive compensation for years. Contact us today for a free consultation.