Florida Car Accident Statistics

Car accidents are a leading cause of death every year. Distracted driving, driving under the influence (DUI) 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 motor vehicles. Junior operators, or those who are under 18, have more stringent laws placed upon their use of cellphones 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 constant is that drivers continue to text while driving.

Florida Car Accident Statistics 2013

Car accident statistics for the state include the following:

  • In 2013, 768 drivers or passengers died, accounting for 32% of the deaths in accidents in Florida.
  • Four hundred twenty-seven people were killed in accidents involving a pickup or SUV.
  • The deaths in collisions involving SUVs and pickup trucks combined accounted for 18% of the deaths on the roads in Florida.
  • Twenty-two large-truck occupants were killed on the road in Florida, accounting for 1% of total fatalities.
  • Four hundred sixty motorcyclists were killed in Florida, which was 19% of the total deaths on the road.
  • The number of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles in the state of Florida numbered 501.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 21% of the total deaths caused by car accidents.
  • Car accidents caused 2,407 deaths in Florida.

2009 Statistics For Speeding-Related Fatalities In Florida

Stats for deaths caused by speeding in Florida in 2009 include the following:

  • There were 2,558 total road fatalities in the state of Florida.
  • In the United States, there was a total of 33,808 fatalities.
  • One hundred twenty-seven 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

National statistics on traffic accidents in 2013 include the following:

  • In the United States, 10,706 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes.
  • Speeding-related accidents resulted in 9,613 deaths.
  • Nine hundred people die every year, and more than 2,000 are injured each year because of drivers who run red lights.
  • Thirty-seven percent 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 tired drivers.
  • 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 cellphone while texting or calling other people.
  • 16- to 24-year-olds accounted for 6% of the accidents caused by cellphone users while driving.
  • People over age 70 accounted for the lowest number of car accidents caused by cellphone usage.
  • Forty-eight percent of drivers 18 to 29 have accessed the internet while operating a motor vehicle, resulting in an increase of distracted driving fatalities in the United States.
  • Thirty-six percent of drivers who were online at the time of their accidents 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 wait for our legislature to finally enact meaningful legislation that will make our roads safer.