Statistics Reveal Shocking Facts about Florida Auto Accidents
Drunk driving and texting while driving cause the most fatalities
Auto accidents occur every day in Florida, causing severe injuries or even death. Often these accidents are caused by reckless or negligent behavior. In 2013, there were 533,555 total traffic crashes in the state of Florida, the highest number of auto accidents in the last 20 years. The most common causes of Florida auto accidents are driving while intoxicated and texting while driving. When a crash leads to your injury or a loved one’s death, you need a dedicated advocate on your side. At Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A., we understand the different factors that can contribute to an accident in Florida. We’re committed to providing our clients with the personalized support they need after a serious auto accident.
Drug- and alcohol-related accidents
Every driver has a responsibility to drive with caution. When another motorist chooses to get behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcohol, the consequences can be devastating. According to the 2013 Crash Facts Annual Report, in Florida there were:
- 5,734 confirmed alcohol-related crashes, of which 436 were fatal.
- 487 confirmed drug-related crashes, of which 205 were fatal.
- 360 confirmed drug and alcohol-related crashes, of which 238 were fatal.
These are just the auto accidents that were confirmed to be related to drugs and alcohol. There were also 17,107 crashes that were suspected to have been caused by alcohol, and 4,403 that were suspected to have involved drugs. These numbers show that driving while intoxicated is still a large problem that has drastic results. If you have been involved in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, our experienced car accident attorneys can help you get the justice you deserve.
Accidents involving young drivers
Because of their inexperience on the road, teens and young adults are involved in more auto accidents than any other age group. In 2013, of all the drivers involved in Florida accidents:
- Approximately 7 percent were between the ages of 15 and 19.
- Approximately 13 percent were between the ages of 20 and 24.
- Approximately 10 percent were between the ages of 25 and 29.
These drivers account for more auto accidents than any other age groups. Of these crashes involving young drivers, 993 of them were fatal. People younger than 29 are much more likely to cause an auto accident than people over the age of 29 are. Young drivers do not have the experience to detect hazards on the road and are more prone to taking extreme risks than older drivers. The consequences of an accident caused by a teen or young adult can be tragic.
Cell phone use is one of the most common factors in auto accidents involving young drivers. Florida Statute 316.305 prohibits texting while driving, with the goal to improve safety for all people on the road. Despite this law, texting while driving is still prevalent amongst young drivers. Using a cell phone takes a driver’s attention off the road, which can lead to serious accidents.
The combination of youth and inexperience puts younger drivers at a higher risk of causing accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a young driver, turn to our injury lawyers for help. We have the skills and experience to help you with your injury claim.
Contact our Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys today
The statistics show that auto accidents are prevalent in Florida, and the results can be severe or even fatal. At Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A., we are dedicated to protecting your rights after an accident. Call us at 954.416.0124 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with our board-certified trial lawyers. We take calls 24/7, offer flexible hours for a free consultation, and we can meet with you in our convenient downtown office, at home or in the hospital. We take cases on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay no attorney fees until we win or settle your case.