Studies Show Florida Leads The Nation In Number of Deadly Car Accidents
Car crashes and collisions are a leading cause of serious and potentially disabling injuries, claiming the lives of thousands of motorists each year in Florida. While congested traffic conditions, road construction and repairs, and inclement weather are often contributing factors in car accidents and injuries, it is the reckless behaviors of other drivers which are often to blame. Studies show that Florida leads the nation in the total number of deadly motor vehicle accidents, and the following outlines some of the common causes and how these accidents occur.
Common Types of Car Accident Collisions
Crash statistics from the Insurance Information Institute (III) indicate that Florida has the third highest rate of fatal car crashes in the United States. With numbers that rival larger states such as California and Texas, nearly 3,000 Florida drivers and passengers are killed in motor vehicle accidents each year. Collisions involving other drivers are the most common cause of car accident, and the most common types include the following:
- Rear end collisions, which are responsible for roughly one third of all car accidents. These can occur as the result of distracted driving or due to reckless driving behaviors, such as speeding and tailgating.
- Side angle collisions, which are responsible for over 20 percent of accidents each year. These often occur in intersections as the result of running red lights or disregarding stop signs, and behaviors such as drunk driving or falling asleep behind the wheel are often to blame.
- Side swipe collisions, which often occur due to improper passing or failing to yield, are responsible for more than 10 percent of all car accidents and injuries that occur.
- Head on collisions, which are one of the least common types of accidents, are also among the most dangerous and result in close to 10 percent of all driver and passenger deaths.
An April 2017 head on collision in Ft. Pierce highlights how these accidents commonly occur. A TC Palm/USA Today report states that one of the drivers was headed northbound on Indian River Drive when he crossed the median and hit another vehicle head on. Fortunately, while three people were injured, including an 11-year-old boy, police report none of the injuries sustained was life threatening.
Dangerous Driving Behaviors That Lead To Accidents and Injuries
The III states that the majority of fatal car crashes and collisions occur due to the following factors:
- Speeding and driving too fast for conditions;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications;
- Distracted driving, which involves any activity which causes you to take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel;
- Reckless driving behaviors, such as failing to yield, improper turns, and driving while excessively fatigued.
In these situations, the at fault driver can be held legally liable for any damages you suffer. This includes compensation for family members of victims involved in fatal accidents, such as funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and losses in future earnings. Call or contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III online today and request a free consultation to see how our Florida car accident attorney can help.