The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reports that the Sunshine State witnessed more than 2,730 fatalities from car accidents in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere in 2011. While this is about 70 fewer fatalities than recorded in 2010 and the lowest number of traffic-related fatalities since 1978, we are still seeing far too many preventable fatalities on our roads. The truth is, Florida is still among the most dangerous places in the nation for bicycle and pedestrian accidents, according to Transportation for America.
“We continue our strategic efforts to drive down the number of crashes in Florida and the number of injuries and fatalities that come as a result,” says FLDHSMV Executive Director Julie Jones.
Our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys understand that there were nearly a quarter of a million accidents in the state in 2010. While transportation officials boast about the reductions, it’s important to realize that the reduction is less than 0.15 percent and that traffic accidents are still all too common on our roadways. Drivers are urged to keep their guard up and drive defensively to help to reduce potentially fatal traffic accidents in 2012. Safe and responsible driving habits may be one of your best defenses against a potentially fatal accident on our roadways. As we start of the New Year, drivers are asked to be more cautious on our roadways for an even safer 2012.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that car crashes are the top cause of death for residents age 4- to 34-years-old. But this is preventable.
Right now, all we have are the details for 2010 accidents. The Department of Transportation says that it will be publishing detailed accident data for 2011 statistics later in the year.
Florida’s 2010 Traffic Accident Breakdown:
-There were nearly 250,000 reported car accidents.
-There were more than 338,000 drivers involved in accidents.
-Each day, there were more than 640 accidents reported.
-The death rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled is 1.25.
-Car accidents killed 2,444 people.
-More than 195,100 people were injured in car accidents.
-There were more than 108,350 car accidents that resulted in property damage only, illustrating an increase from the previous year.
-There were nearly 795 alcohol-related traffic deaths.
-There were nearly 12,170 alcohol-related accident injuries.
-There were almost 110 drug-related traffic deaths.
-Nearly 1,000 people were injured in drug-related accidents.
-There was nearly a 4 percent increase in the number of pedestrian accidents from the previous year, less than 485 in 2010 and nearly 500 in 2011.
-The number of bicyclists injured in traffic accidents increased from the previous year, from 4,375 in 2010 to 4,600 in 2010.
If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a traffic accident in Broward County or in any of the nearby areas and would like to speak with Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer Richard Ansara, please call (954) 761-4011 or visit www.ansaralaw.com. Call 24/7!