Florida Car Accident Statistics
Car accidents are a leading cause of death every year. Distracted driving, driving under the influence, and poor weather conditions account for the majority of accidents caused on the road today. With texting becoming a major factor in distracted driving, many states have now created laws that prevent drivers from texting while operating a motor vehicle. Junior operators, or those that are under 18, have more stringent laws placed upon their use of cell phones than more experienced drivers.
The state of Florida has a large retired population, which impacts a number of Florida driving statistics. To that end, while some states have a higher rate of accidents among teenage drivers, the state of Florida has a proportionally high rate of accidents among elderly drivers. As more people continue to retire down in the warmth and sunshine of Florida, the need for more stringent rules for older drivers continues to grow. While crash statistics vary year to year, the one (1) constant is that drivers continue to text while drive.
Florida Car Accident Statistics 2013
- In 2013, 768 drivers or passengers died, accounting for 32% of the deaths in accidents in Florida.
- 427 people were killed in accidents involving a pickup or SUV.
- The deaths in SUVs and pickup trucks combined accounted for 18% of the deaths on the roads in Florida.
- 22 large truck occupants were killed on the road in Florida, accounting for 1% of total fatalities in 2013.
- 460 motorcyclists were killed in Florida in 2013, which was 19% of the total deaths on the road.
- The number of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles in the state of Florida in 2013 numbered 501.
- Pedestrian deaths accounted for 21% of the total deaths caused by car accidents in 2013.
- 2407 people died as a result of car accidents in Florida in 2013.
Speeding Related Fatalities in the State of Florida, 2009 Statistics
- There were 2,558 total road fatalities in the state of Florida in 2009.
- In the United States, there was a total of 33,808 fatalities in 2009.
- 127 of the fatalities in the state of Florida occurred at a speed in the 45 mile an hour range.
Total Crashes in the United States 2013
- In 2013, 10,706 people were killed in alcohol related crashes in the United States.
- 9,613 people were killed on the roads in the United States in speeding related crashes.
- 900 people die every year, and more than 2000 are injured each year because of drivers that run red lights.
- 37% of drivers have reported falling asleep at the wheel at one point in their driving career.
- It is estimated that 21% of all fatal accidents are a result of a tired driver.
- In 2013, it is estimated that 3,154 people were killed because of distracted drivers.
- Roughly 10% of all fatal crashes are caused by drivers using a cell phone while texting or calling other people.
- 16-24 year olds accounted for 6% of the accidents caused by cell phone users while driving.
- People over 70 accounted for the lowest number of car accidents caused by cell phone use.
- 48% of drivers 18-29 have accessed the internet while operating a motor vehicle. This statistic has resulted in an increase of distracted driving fatalities in the United States.
- 36% of drivers who were online at the time of their accident, were accessing social media websites.
As Miami Car accident lawyers, we have represented too many victims of distracted diving accidents and hit and run accidents. The time for change has come, and we all await for our legislature to finally enact meaningful legislation that will make our roads safer.