Tallahassee, Florida Auto Accident Data and Safety Information
On average, there are more than 1,000 auto accidents in Florida every single day. This amounts to around 400,000 auto accidents per year, with approximately 40 percent of these accidents resulting in injuries or death. Major cities like Tallahassee see a disproportionate number of these accidents with many of those who need to speak with an attorney about filing a claim for just compensation.
This Tallahassee accident guide provides answers to the following questions:
- How do auto accident statistics in Tallahassee and Leon County compare to the rest of Florida?
- What are the most dangerous intersections in Tallahassee?
- What are the leading causes of auto accidents in Florida?
- What types of vehicles are most likely to be involved in serious accidents?
- What should you do if you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an auto accident in Tallahassee, FL?
How Do Auto Accident Statistics in Tallahassee and Leon County compare to the Rest of Florida?
According to the latest data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), the number of auto accidents in Florida has risen steadily over the past decade. Dating back to 2011, the number of accidents in the state has increased each year.
Of the 403,626 auto accidents in Florida in 2018 (the most recent year for which data are available), 7,384 occurred in Leon County. This includes accidents occurring in Tallahassee. As a result of these accidents, nearly 4,200 people were injured, and 30 people died as a result of their injuries. These figures are generally comparable to the statewide injury-involved and fatal accident rates published by FLHSMV.
What are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Tallahassee?
A significant percentage of all auto accidents occur at intersections. While entering an intersection should not be dangerous, aggressive, distracted and generally dangerous drivers cause numerous intersection accidents in Tallahassee every year. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the following are the 10 most dangerous intersections in Tallahassee, “[l]isted by vehicles per hour and number of crashes ranked by severity rate [per] million vehicles”:
- Orange Avenue and Springhill Road
- Monroe Street and Orange Avenue
- Capital Circle and W. Tennessee Street
- Ocala Road and W. Tennessee Street
- Capital Circle and Apalachee Parkway
- Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Drive
- White Drive and Pensacola Street
- Calhoun Street and Apalachee Parkway
- White Drive and W. Tennessee Street
- Monroe Street and E. Tennessee Street
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Apalachee Parkway and Tennessee Street both appear on this list multiple times. Capital Circle, Monroe Street, Orange Avenue and White Drive each share two of the city’s most dangerous intersections as well.
What are the Leading Causes of Auto Accidents in Florida?
The FLHSMV’s crash data reveal that numerous factors cause and contribute to auto accidents in Leon County and across Florida. Some of the leading causes of accidents include:
- Distracted Driving – The FLHSMV’s data indicate that approximately 150,000 of the more than 400,000 auto accidents in Florida in 2018 involved distracted drivers. This includes 236 fatal accidents, 3,100 accidents resulting in incapacitating accidents, 12,598 accidents resulting in non-incapacitating injuries, and another 29,337 accidents in which injuries were reported as “possible.”
- Alcohol Intoxication – In 2018, alcohol intoxication played a role in approximately 5,100 auto accidents in Florida. This includes 352 fatal accidents (resulting in 372 fatalities) and 1,753 injury-involved accidents (resulting in 2,984 injuries). In Tallahassee and the rest of Leon County, there were 85 confirmed drunk driving accidents in 2018. These accidents resulted in 42 injuries and three fatalities.
- Drug Impairment – Drug impairment was a factor in 673 auto accidents in Florida in 2018. Another 386 accidents involved drivers who were under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Of these accidents, just nine occurred in Leon County.
- Trucking Accidents – More than 32,000 accidents in Florida in 2018 involved heavy trucks, another 11,900 involved light commercial trucks and cargo vans. Of these accidents, 665 occurred in Leon County. While commercial truck accidents can have a multitude of different causes, truck driver negligence, trucking company negligence, and commercial truck defects are among the most-common factors.
- Teen and Young Adult Drivers – According to the FLHSMV’s data, approximately 127,000 of all auto accidents in Florida in 2018 involved drivers under the age of 25. Drivers ages 21 to 24 years accounted for the largest portion of this total (64,848 crashes), followed by drivers ages 18 to 20 (47,067 crashes) and drivers ages 15 to 18 (16,621 crashes).
What Types of Vehicles are Most Likely to Be Involved in Serious Accidents?
All types of vehicles have the potential to be involved in serious and fatal roadway accidents. While driver negligence is the leading cause of auto accidents, the type of vehicle involved can play a role in some cases as well. According to the FLHSMV, the vehicles most commonly involved in auto accidents in Florida are (ranked from the highest number of accidents to least):
- Passenger cars (approximately 375,000 accidents)
- Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) (approximately 125,000 accidents)
- Pickup trucks (approximately 75,000 accidents)
- Medium and heavy trucks (approximately 32,000 accidents)
- Passenger vans (approximately 26,000 accidents)
- Buses (approximately 8,000 accidents)
- Light trucks (approximately 7,000 accidents)
- Cargo vans (approximately 5,000 accidents)
- Additionally, according to the FLHSMV, 9,143 accidents in 2018 involved motorcycles, 9,356 involved pedestrians and 6,590 involved cyclists.
What Should You Do if You Have Been Seriously Injured or Lost a Loved One in an Auto Accident in Tallahassee?
After an auto accident, there are several steps involved in the recovery process. This is true whether you have been seriously injured or you have tragically lost a loved one. For an overview of the process of recovering financial compensation following a serious or fatal vehicle collision in Tallahassee, review our Accident Claim Overview.
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