The latest Florida crash statistics released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles gives us a snapshot of how we are doing as Florida drivers.
Among the statistics for 2010:
- Fewer teenagers are obtaining new driver’s licenses, possibly because they are staying in touch through Facebook and texting while they stay at home.
- The number of fatal crashes is down especially those involving teenagers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. The Florida mileage death rate is at the lowest number ever recorded – 1.25 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.
- Traffic deaths dropped 4.6 percent from 2009 when there were 2,565 deaths, to 2,444 in 2010. The decline since 2005 has been 31 percent. Part of the reason may be there are fewer licensed vehicles in Florida than in the past.
- Pedestrian deaths meanwhile jumped 3.5 percent from 482 in 2009 to 499 in 2010.
The state attributes the low death rate to increased law enforcement, increased presence of safety advocates, and the increased number of safety laws such as the mandatory seat belt law.
Not to be overlooked is the struggling economy that may mean more people are staying home. The state has had its budget cut in compiling these statistics, which are usually released in June, so there is some guesswork going on as to “why” the numbers are down.
Farah & Farah’s Florida car accident law firm opened its doors in Jacksonville in 1979 to address any kind of personal injury resulting from an auto accident, motorcycle, large truck, pedestrian or bicycle accident. We will be your advocate and seek a just and fair compensation for your injury, no matter what type of roadway hazard you encounter.