Why does Florida average over 1,000 car crashes per day?

Nov 11, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reports that the state averaged 1,101 car crashes every single day in 2019. Taken over the whole year this translates to 401,867 accidents leading to 236,753 injuries and 3,185 fatalities.

Unfortunately the number has jumped significantly since 2000. In 2000, the FLHSMV reports that there were just under 250,000 crashes. In a span of less than 20 years, during a time when cars are arguably safer than ever before, the accident average has almost doubled. Why? What is the biggest reason for this huge increase? Safety advocates and government studies find the main cause is two-fold: aggressive and negligent driving practices.

More specifically, some of the most common causes of these accidents include:

  • Speeding.
  • Failure to yield right of way.
  • Driving while intoxicated.
  • Not giving enough space between vehicles.
  • Failure to follow traffic signs.
  • Erratic lane changes.

The Insurance information Institute reports that speeding is responsible for over 33% of all car accidents for decades and during the last twenty years was often the top cause of fatal accidents.

What should I do if I am injured in a serious car accident?

The reasons for aggressive driving practices can vary, but drivers often point to frustrations with traffic congestion and the need to get to work, school, or other activities on time. Drivers that use any of the aggressive or negligent driving practices noted above or others, like distracted driving, are likely liable for the accident. This means the victim could hold that driver accountable for the expenses that result from the crash. This can mean compensation to help cover medical bills and missed wages if the injuries meant you were unable to work as well as future expenses.