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Tampa, FL Accident Statistics [2022 Update]

If you have been involved in a an SUV or car accident in the Tampa Bay area call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez at 813-755-9500
Tampa car accident statistics 2022

Tampa, FL Accident Statistics [2022 Update]

Around 28,014 of those motor vehicle accidents occurred in Hillsborough County in 2021, which is just slightly above the 2020 figure (as expected considering we were shut down for 3 months for the pandemic). When the greater Tampa Bay area is considered, that statistic nearly doubled to 62,995 reported crashes in 2021. Looking at the big picture, about 16% of all car wrecks in Florida happen in the Tampa Bay area.

How Many Auto Accidents Occur Every Year in Tampa Bay?

The most recent data released in the annual report of the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Division (for a single calendar year) shows:

  • For Hernando County: 2,195 total crashes, 144 fatalities, 1,856 injuries
  • For Hillsborough County: 24,168 total crashes, 213 fatalities, 16,450 injuries
  • For Pasco County: 7,327 total crashes, 107 fatalities, 6,363 injuries
  • For Pinellas County: 14,313 total crashes, 108 fatalities, 8412 injuries

In 12 months, the Tampa area recorded 48,003 motor vehicle accidents. 33,081 drivers and passengers sustained injuries, and 572 of our friends and neighbors lost their lives. We do not hesitate to say that roadway safety is a major concern in the Tampa area.

Recent data from the Florida Highway Safety And Motor Vehicles agency (FLSHMV) tells us 569,182 drivers are involved in a year—this equates to 933 Floridians every day.

Of the 24,168 motor vehicle crashes from Hillsborough County:

How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

We know you’re anxious and would like a clear answer. But we’d be doing a disservice to you if we attempted to put a dollar figure here without knowing your story.  It is inappropriate to say an amount without knowing your injuries, coverage available and questions of liability

With that context, here are factors that can affect its value:

  • Whether the accident included a severe injury or death
  • Expected recovery time
  • Whether the accident caused a disability – permanent or temporary?
  • The amount of your lost wages – past, present and future lost wages
  • Whether you’re able to return to your same job
  • The amount of insurance coverage available
  • Whether you were at fault for the accident – partially or fully?
  • The extent to which your family depends on your income

Each case is unique. We take a careful look at each individual situation to determine all possible sources of recovery. We make sure we understand the degree of the injuries. We calculate the total monetary impact of your injuries on you and your family.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Accident in Florida?

In most cases, the statute of limitations is four years for most personal injury cases. Some special circumstances (such as if a government agency is involved) could have shorter or longer deadlines.

If you lost a beloved person in an accident, you will need to file your wrongful death case within two years.

Remember, cases get worse with age, not better.  Therefore, it is imperative that you hire a New Tampa Auto Accident Injury Attorney right away. That’s just one more motive to retain an attorney right away.  It’s important to consult an experienced attorney soon after your accident. 

What Damages Can Auto Accident Victims Recover?

In Florida, people injured through someone else’s wrongdoing can seek compensation for monetary damages (economic damages) as well as intangible losses (non-economic damages), such as pain and suffering.

Generally, you can recover compensation for things like:

  • Medical bills (past, present & future)
  • Lost wages (past, present & future)
  • Decreased future earning capacity
  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment and devices
  • Prescriptions
  • Property damage
  • Transportation costs related to medical treatment
  • Mental anguish
  • PTSD
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of parental guidance and support
  • Loss of enjoyment of life activities

The damages you may recover will be exclusive to your case. The monetary losses are generally easy to calculate.

The non-economic damages are more subjective and rely heavily on how your accident has affected you and your family.  We consider it a privilege to be the voice to tell your story.

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