If you or someone you know has been involved in a vehicle accident in Florida, you know how upsetting this experience can be. Even the most minor fender bender crash can leave you rattled for a bit afterwards. While most people accept that accidents are a part of life to some degree, it might be enlightening to realize just how serious the problem of fatal crashes is becoming in the state of Florida.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida has seen four consecutive years of increases in the number of people killed in car wrecks. In 2013, fatalities dropped by 28 to 2,403. Sadly that decrease was followed by an increase firs to 2,494 in 2014 and then a huge jump to 2,938 in 2015. Last year brought yet another spike with a total of 3,174 lives lost on roads and highways across the state. During that four-year stretch from 2013 to 2016, Collier County was the location of 153 total vehicular fatalities.
Crashes involving alcohol appear to have been a significant portion of the overall increases with state fatalities increasing every year from 671 in 2013 to 694 in 20214, 788 in 2015 and then to 841 in 2016. Pedestrians also seem to be at a greater risk. In 2013, 76 people on foot died followed by 104 and then 130 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. In 2016, there were 145 pedestrians killed in crashes in Florida.
If you would like to learn more about protecting yourself and your loved ones after a motor vehicle accident, please feel free to visit the collision compensation page of our Florida personal injury and car accident website.