While some accidents are simple rear-end collisions or fender benders, bad car accidents can result in injuries or even fatalities. Like other states, law enforcement agencies in Florida submit accident reports, and we can compile statistics using these reports.
Statewide Accident Statistics Show Decreasing Injuries, Fatalities
Florida motor vehicle accidents decreased in 2018 over 2017, but only by a little more than one percent. Statewide, agencies reported there were 397,812 total accidents reported in 2018. This includes 251,970 injuries and 3,004 fatalities. This is an improvement over the previous year. According to records, there were 402,489 total traffic accidents reported in 2017. More than 254,300 people suffered injuries, and there were 3,114 deaths on Florida roads in 2017.
While this is a downward trend, there is still a significant increase in the number of traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths over just a few years ago. However, more people are on the roads and traveling to the Sunshine State.
A Closer Look at Florida Traffic Accident Statistics in 2018
Not all traffic accidents involve only passenger vehicles. Luckily, the number of truck and commercial vehicle accidents and the number of car versus pedestrian and car versus bicycle accidents also decreased in 2018. Unfortunately, though, there were more fatalities of pedestrians and cyclists in 2018 over the previous year.
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While many car accidents in Florida are simple fender benders, many others involve injuries and even fatalities. By understanding the statistics for a bad car accident in South Florida, it may be possible to prevent future accidents. Here is a breakdown of the 2018 statistics by county in our service area:
Miami-Dade County is the largest county in Florida. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population to be 2.752 million as of 2017. Law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade County reported the following traffic accidents for 2018:
- Total Crashes: 63,034
- Injury Crashes: 20,704
- Total Individuals Injured: 30,562
- Total Traffic Fatalities: 299
While Broward County is smaller than neighboring Miami-Dade County, with only 1.936 million residents, Broward County is more densely populated. With almost 1,445 people per square mile, people live closer together and must cross paths more in Broward County. The 2018 traffic accident statistics for Broward County, Florida, include:
- Total Crashes: 40,560
- Injury Crashes: 16,482
- Total Individuals Injured: 24,329
- Total Traffic Fatalities: 202
Palm Beach County
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Palm Beach County had 1.471 million residents as of 2017. Expressways I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike cut through the county, in addition to U.S. 1 and SR A1A. These major roads bring a lot of traffic into the county from other areas of the state. The 2018 traffic accident statistics for Palm Beach County include:
- Total Crashes: 26,521
- Injury Crashes: 10,502
- Total Individuals Injured: 15,725
- Total Traffic Fatalities: 166
Monroe County encompasses the southwest tip of the Florida mainland and the Florida Keys. It contains Key West, Key Largo, Marathon, and Islamorada. The main highway through Monroe County is U.S. 1, which runs the length of the Florida Keys.
Census Bureau estimates the county population to be 77,013 as of 2017. The 2018 traffic accident statistics for Collier County, Florida, include:
- Total Crashes: 1,566
- Injury Crashes: 623
- Total Individuals Injured: 931
- Total Traffic Fatalities: 16
Every year, thousands of us become one of these statistics. We suffer injuries or lose a loved one in a car accident. If this happened to you, you do not have to go through this alone. The team from the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato is standing by to review your car accident case. We can help you take legal action.
Call us today at 954-633-8270 to get started.