Is the number of car accidents in Florida on the rise?

Yes. The number of car accidents was decreasing for decades thanks to improvements in auto safety, but now crashes are on the rise. In 2015, there were 2,962 deaths and 243,482 injuries caused by car accidents in Florida, according to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES). That is an increase from 2014, when there were 2,497 fatalities and 225,775 injuries. Nationwide, 2015 saw the largest annual percentage increase in traffic deaths in 50 years. Preliminary numbers from 2016 show that the problem is ongoing.

Why the sudden increase in car accidents? It is true that higher employment rates and lower gas prices have meant that there are more cars on the road, but this does not fully account for the increase. Safety advocates say that there has been an alarming increase in distracted driving, caused by a proliferation of smartphone apps, many of which are used by people while they are driving.

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