Despite attempts on the part of legislators, law enforcement and auto manufacturers to make the roads safer, the problem of auto accidents with injuries and fatalities seems to keep getting worse. This is true in Florida and across the United States. Statistics are maintained to determine where the dangers are spiking and people should be aware of them to know how to prepare. Even with the greatest vigilance, accidents will still occur. Knowing how to move forward in the aftermath is important to try and recover fully in every way.
Traffic deaths at their worst level in 16 years
Researchers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) say that there were almost 43,000 road deaths nationwide in 2021. This was a greater than 10% increase when compared to 2020. Seventeen percent were related to speeding. Truck accident deaths were up by 13% and fatalities were up by 16%.
The top three states for increases were Texas, California and Florida. Florida had nearly 3,800 deaths and almost a 13% rise. One explanation for the increase from 2020 to 2021 was that people were getting back to driving regularly. Given the national challenges in 2020, fewer people were on the road. When calculating all the numbers of miles driven and fatal crashes, there was a slight decrease in deaths. Despite that, one death is too many and people should be cognizant of current trends.
2022 could be worse for Florida
Not only was 2021 a deadly year on the roads of the Sunshine State, but 2022 is not looking much better. A representative from the Florida Department of Transportation laments the dangers by saying there are around eight people killed per day. Since almost all collisions (94%) are believed due to something a driver did such as looking away from the road, driving under the influence or behaving recklessly, it is vital for something to be done to encourage safety.
Florida is using money from the U.S. Department of Transportation for safety programs and improvements. That includes better lighting, more crosswalks and bicycle trails. Pedestrians are at the highest vulnerability for injuries and death in an auto accident, so it stands to reason that they are a primary focus. Regardless, everyone is in jeopardy.
Since Florida is such a popular tourist destination and people generally need to use automobiles to get around, it is inordinately busy, especially during the summer. With daily life returning to some semblance of normalcy after the past several years which were rife with challenges, it is important to remember how to try and be safe. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are going to happen, many times without warning.
This can affect people who are simply commuting to work, parents just approaching middle age, college students, teens and the elderly. People who have been hurt in a collision may not be sure what to do. Insurance companies are looking out for their interests and could try to keep settlement offers to a minimum. In addition, Florida is one of the worst states for people driving without insurance. It can be crucial for the injured and their families to have help from a legal professional who will represent their interests.