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Each year, there are hundreds of thousands of auto accidents across Florida. Almost half of these accidents result in serious or fatal injuries. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) maintains a public databank of statewide auto accident statistics, and many of the numbers are alarming. Here are some of the most-notable figures, as hand-picked by our Pensacola auto accident attorney:
In 2018, there were 402,592 car accidents in Florida. That is more than 1,100 every single day. As of the end of 2019, FLHSMV had recorded 198,313 accidents statewide through June 30—potentially putting the annual figure slightly below last year’s total.
Out of the 402,592 auto accidents in Florida in 2018, 166,881 resulted in injuries, and 2,958 resulted in death. In total, 254,873 drivers and passengers were injured, and 3,174 died as a result of the injuries they sustained.
Which month is the most dangerous for Florida drivers? According to FLHSMV’s data, it is March. In 2018, there were 36,747 in March, and this was the highest monthly total by more than 1,000. Somewhat surprisingly, June and July had the lowest accident totals, with 31,178 and 31,179 respectively.
In 2018, nearly one out of every four accidents in Florida involved a hit-and-run. This is an extremely high number. Combining this figure with AAA data, approximately one out of every six hit-and-run accidents nationwide occurs in Florida.
In Pensacola and other parts of Escambia County, there was a total of 6,834 auto accidents in 2018. This includes 3,122 injury-involved accidents and 64 fatal crashes, with a total of 5,372 injuries and 69 fatalities. Contact a Pensacola auto accident attorney today if you have been injured in a crash.
Although March sees the most accidents statewide, in Escambia County, the highest monthly total for 2018 came in May (632). Additionally, while the summer months have the lowest accident totals based on statewide data, January and February had the lowest accident totals in Escambia County in 2018.
According to FLHSMV’s data, well over 1,000 motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians die in vehicle-involved accidents each year. In 2018, the totals were:
The FLHSMV’s data also show that thousands of Florida residents and visitors die in fatal car accidents each year. In 2019, there were 2,954 fatal crashes in Florida, resulting in 3,189 fatalities. In 2020, there were 2,880 fatal crashes in Florida, resulting in 3,106 deaths.
As our Pensacola auto accident attorney knows, there are sadly dozens of fatal crashes each year in Escambia County. In 2019, there were 58 fatal crashes in Escambia County, resulting in 64 fatalities. Similar to the statewide figures, the total numbers of deadly accidents and crash-related fatalities in Escambia County dropped slightly in 2020—to 53 fatal crashes and 56 crash fatalities.
Notably, while Escambia County accounts for a relatively small portion of the total number of fatal accidents in Florida each year, the county has a higher rate of deadly accidents than Florida as a whole. In 2020, just 0.08 percent of auto accidents in Florida were fatal. However, in Escambia County, this number is closer to one percent. While this might not seem like a significant difference, it accounts for several needless accident-related deaths in Escambia County on an annual basis.
Of the nearly 3,000 fatal car accidents in Florida in 2019, almost 700 involved drivers who were drunk or under the influence of drugs. This means that almost one in four fatal accidents in Florida involves a driver who is legally impaired. These are alarming statistics, and they underscore the critical importance of knowing when not to get behind the wheel.
The FLHSMV also attributes more than 250 fatal accidents each year to distracted driving. This includes talking or texting on a cell phone, using an in-car navigation device or infotainment system, other in-car distractions, external distractions, and general driver inattentiveness. Like fatal accidents resulting from drug and alcohol impairment, there is no excuse for a driver to put others’ lives at risk by being distracted behind the wheel. If you have any reason to suspect that a distracted driver may have hit your loved one, you should consult with a Pensacola auto accident attorney promptly.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you and other eligible members of your family may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Florida law allows for the recovery of both financial and non-financial losses, and, as you no doubt already know, these losses can add up quickly. At Searcy Denney, we are passionate about helping grieving family members recover, and a Pensacola auto accident attorney can help you and your family seek justice for your loved one’s death via a wrongful death lawsuit.
When seeking financial compensation after a car accident in Florida, there are two key aspects of your claim. Here are some important tips for each aspect from our Pensacola car accident lawyers:
In order to file a successful insurance claim or third-party liability claim, you need proof of fault. As an accident victim, you should:
In addition to proving fault, you also need to prove the cause and extent of your injuries. With this in mind, you should:
At Searcy Denney, our personal injury practice is devoted to helping victims and their families recover just compensation. If you have been injured or lost a loved one and would like to speak with a Pensacola auto accident attorney, please call 800-780-8607 or contact us online for a free consultation.