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Auto Accident - Road Fatality

Auto Accident – Road Fatality

As the state of Florida population steadily increase its population the number of road fatalities from auto accidents has rapidly increased over the past few years. Florida has a sizable population of age 65+, Motorcyclist, tourist (out of state and out of country), distracted drivers, teen drivers and impaired drivers and all of these factors increase the likelihood of an auto accident fatality.  Due to Florida’s great weather there are many pedestrians (joggers and runners) and Bicyclist on the already crowded roads. All of these things lead to a higher number of auto accident deaths.

How many auto accident deaths were in Florida?

According to the Florida Department of Transportation the number of Fatalities in state for 2017 was 1,881.  That same year there was also 14,205 accidents with serious injuries in a traffic crash.

According to the Orlando Business Journal “The Sunshine State was ranked near the bottom of the pack as the 46th safest state in the country; only ranking higher than Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi.” The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has Florida ranked as tenth in the nation for fatalities in 2016. DMV Florida states that there where on average 1081 crashes in Florida per day in 2016.  Many factors come into play as to why Florida is ranked so highly with traffic fatalities.  Crowded or congested roads; lack of urban planning; lack of mass transit; many out-of-town drivers (particularly tourists); amount of driving Floridians do; distracted driving not being enforced; lack of suitable roadways; construction; lack of turn lanes; underfunding of the roadways; lack of law enforcement; and high number of DUI drivers.

In a report entitles Dangerous by Design noted the top twenty cities in the United States of America to walk in. These are the ones listed for the states of Florida and ranking:

  1. Cape Coral – Fort Meyers
  2. Palm bay – Melbourne – Titusville
  3. Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford
  4. Jacksonville
  5. Deltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach
  6. Lakeland – Winter Haven
  7. Tampa – St Petersburg – Clearwater
  8. North Port -Sarasota – Bradenton
  9. Miami – Fort Lauderdale- West Palm Beach

According to the national highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a report from the nation center for statistic and Analysis, Bicyclists in Florida are more likely to be killed that cyclist in any other states.

What are some things that you can do to make sure you do not end up on of this statistic.

  • Make sure that your car is in proper maintained (good tire and mechanical checkups).
  • While driving do not be a distracted driver. Reduce distractions such as texting, surfing the web, playing games.
  • Be well rested when driving.
  • Do not drink and drive (with Taxis, Uber, Lyft there is no excuse).
  • while running/cycling do no ware headphones
  • While running go against traffic.
  • While cycling obeying all traffic laws.
  • While on a motorcycle obeying traffic laws (speed).
  • Obey the speed limits and other traffic signs.
  • Always where you seat belts.
  • Beware of your surroundings and how to react in emergencies.

Just like in any accident you should document the accident with photo; video or even sketch it out. Make sure to document your car, the other cars and the road/intersection. Once you have done this you need to move your cars out of the roadway if possible it’s the law. While wait for the police to arrive. You will need to have the following: Driver’s license, registration card, and insurance.  You will need to exchange with the other driver involved in the accident:

1- Name, address and contact information

  1. Driver’s License number
  2. License plate number and Vehicle involved.
  3. Auto Insurance information.

A law enforcement officer will complete a written report if the crash involves a charge of DUI or results in death, injury, or property damage to the extent a vehicle must be towed.

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