Does Florida have a high rate of car accidents?

According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), there were 373,771 car accidents in Florida in 2015. There were 243,108 injuries and 2,886 fatalities resulting from motor vehicle collisions. In addition, there were 606 pedestrian fatalities and 135 bicycle fatalities.

The numbers are large in part because Florida is a big state. However, Florida also has a high rate of fatalities from car accidents. In 2014, the most recent year for which complete information is available, Florida’s fatality rate was 1.24 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. That is higher than the U.S. average of 1.08.

Several factors combine to make Florida a dangerous place to drive. Certainly there is a need for improvements in public safety measures, but driver negligence is often to blame for accidents. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a car accident where the other driver was at fault, contact Joyce & Reyes. You may be entitled to compensation.

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