According to statistics:
•Florida has a high percentage of drivers. 4 out of 5 Florida residents are licensed drivers. In the Miami area, for example, about 15.3 million people out of a population of 19.3 are licensed motorists. In addition, there are an unknown number of drivers on Florida roads who drive without licenses. Experts estimate that 1-3% of drivers may be unlicensed motorists.
•Your chances of being in a car collision in Miami and other Florida cities may not be as high as you fear. In 2013, less than 1.3% of Florida’s licensed drivers are expected to be involved in a traffic crash.
•The toll of car accidents in Miami is high. In 2010 alone, there were 235,461 car accidents in Florida, with 2,261 of them resulting in deaths. In Miami-Dade County alone, there were 248 deaths due to traffic accidents that year.
•Where you live can affect your chances of a significant car accident injury. Miami Dade leads Florida counties for traffic fatalities, with 248 reported in 2010. That same year, there were 160 car accident fatalities in Broward County, 151 fatalities in Hillsborough County, 129 in Orange County, and 113 in Palm Beach County.
•Certain times are more dangerous when it comes to traffic accidents. According to statistics, 55.3% of fatal traffic accidents in Miami and other cities occur at night. Weekends see more accidents than weekdays, with Saturday accounting for 19% of fatalities. The highest number of car accidents in Florida occur in March, with more than 9.4% of car accident occurring during that month.
•Where you drive also has an impact. Close to 38% of fatal traffic accidents in 2010 occurred on two-way roadways.
•You are more likely to be killed in a car accident or truck accident in Miami or Florida if you are a man. 70.9% of people killed in car accident in 2010 in Florida were men while 29.1% of fatalities were women.
•The causes of car accidents vary. Statistics show that the most common causes of car crashes are distracted driving, drunk driving, aggressive driving, inexperienced motorists, and weather.
If you have been in a car accident or pedestrian accident in Miami or any other community, you will want to consult with a personal injury attorney as well as a doctor. A good personal injury lawyer in Miami or your community can help you review your legal options as well as the likely total costs of your injuries. In the end, car accidents are about more than just numbers. Even if statistically you have a low risk of being in an accident, you may find yourself seriously injured in a collision due to someone’s negligence or recklessness. If this happens, you may be have legal options that allow you to seek compensation for pain and suffering, property damage, lost wages, medical costs, and other expenses related to your injury.
You do not have to go through the process alone. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in Miami or anywhere in South Florida, contact the Flaxman Law Group. The Flaxman Law Group is a full-service law firm based in Miami and with two other South Florida offices. Call today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.