In 2010, 2,444 people died in car accidents on Florida roads. The good news is that this number was down from the previous year by 4.6 percent. This is not much consolation for the families of those who died as a result of someone’s carelessness. The number is much too high.
Some Statistics About Fatal Traffic Accidents in Florida for 2010
- 794 were drunk driving related, plus 216 pending blood alcohol content reports
- 106 drug-related
- 499 were pedestrians
- 76 were bicyclists
- 350 were motorcyclists
- 80 were teenagers
- 67 were children 14 and younger
- 777 were in vehicles with seat belts but they were not used
- The costs associated with fatal car accidents in Florida was between $3 and $4 billion
Causes of Fatal Car Accidents
- Speed, alcohol, driver distraction, and type of impact are some of the factors that contribute to fatal car accidents. Here are some facts about frequent causes of fatal car accidents.
- High speed plays a role in almost 30 percent of all fatal collisions that occur each year
- Approximately 39 percent of traffic fatalities involve alcohol
- Although head-on collisions only account for a small number of U.S. auto crashes, the fatality rate for head-on collisions is almost 10 percent according to federal statistics.
- Approximately 26 percent of all fatal auto accidents are from side impact collisions
- Around 56 percent of fatal crashes are due to aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, failing to yield, reckless, careless or erratic driving, failure to obey traffic signals, and making improper turns (AAA)
- The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that 16 percent of fatal crashes involved distracted driving
Information About How to Hold the Person Responsible for My Family Member’s Death in a Fatal Car Accident in Florida
If someone you love died in a fatal car accident in Florida as a result of someone’s reckless or careless driving, you may have questions about how to hold that person responsible. Florida accident attorney Jim Dodson has written a consumer guide, Five Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Florida Accident Case that will answer many of your questions. Get your free copy today.