The Rate of Car Accidents in Florida is Rising Steadily
Posted by: DFX on Jan 06, 2017
Since 2014 there has been a rise of more than 42% of traffic deaths in the state of Florida. That is according to a report from the National Safety Council (NSC). While it’s true that car accidents are up all over the country, the average around the country is a rise of 9%. That’s much less than the 42% Florida has experienced.
The totals may shock you
The report from the NSC showed that about 19,000 people died in the first half of 2016, with more than two million suffering injuries. These numbers are unacceptable and at Gilbert & Smallman we hope that every at-fault driver was held responsible.
What’s the reason for so many accidents?
Of course, there’s no definitive proof as to the cause of all these accidents, but there are some ideas. The NSC says that a large part of the reason is the fact that economy is improving and gas prices are dropping – which leads to more drivers on the road.
However, there are many other factors that influence how many car accidents there. From drunk drivers to drivers who simply aren’t paying attention, from people who are texting while they’re driving or hitting people from behind, to those who are simply speeding, there’s a huge number of reasons that people are getting into accidents.
How to stay safe on the roads
With such high numbers of deaths and significant injuries, it’s no wonder that many people are looking for a way to stay safe. We recommend using your seatbelt, driving the speed limit, and paying attention to what’s going on around you. Don’t text and drive, don’t drink and drive, and don’t ride with anyone who’s doing these things.
What to do if you’ve been injured in an accident
Of course, no matter what precautions you take, there’s only so much you can do. If you are injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, then you need to work with a qualified Florida personal injury attorney. Gilbert & Smallman has represented many people who’ve been injured and the families of those who’ve died in auto accidents.
When you call our offices, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of a free case evaluation. We’ll listen to your story, consider the evidence, and offer you suggestions on how you can move forward with a personal injury case.