According to a report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), in 2008 there were about 243,342 recorded traffic accidents in the state. Traffic accidents were down by about five percent overall from 2007, but there was still an average of 665 crashes every day and resulting in nearly 3,000 deaths over the course of the year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida had an estimated population of 18,328,340 in 2008.
Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Motorcycle Crashes
While car accidents were down in nearly every category, there were some notable exceptions:
- Bicycle crashes were up by about 1.5%
- Pedestrian accidents were up by about 4%
- Motorcycle accidents were up by about 4.5%
Although accidents and injuries in these categories increased, fatalities in all three went down.
- Only 4% of fatalities were bicyclists. 72% of them were not wearing helmets.
- 16.8% of people killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians. Over 36% of the pedestrians who were killed had been drinking.
- 17.8% of fatalities were motorcyclists and their passengers. Well over half of them were wearing their helmets when the fatal accident occurred.
Drug and Alcohol-Related Accidents
In 2008, there were 22,259 alcohol-related accidents. Over 10,000 of those accidents caused injuries and over 1,000 were fatal. Alcohol was involved in nearly 40% of fatalities. Not surprisingly, the highest number fatal car accidents occurred on Friday and Saturday nights during the hour immediately after the bars are required by law to close in most of the state, technically during the 2:00am hour on Saturdays and Sundays.
1,161 auto accidents were drug-related causing 819 injuries, and 136 deaths. Drug-related crash fatalities were down by over 30% in 2008 from 2007.
Seat Belts and Airbags
The statistics provided by the FLHSMV on injuries and deaths involving seat belt and airbag use or lack thereof apply only to seat belt equipped vehicles (SBEV). 1,795 of the 2,983 auto accident fatalities in 2008, were driving or riding in SEBVs.
- About 60% of people killed in these auto accidents were not wearing their seat belts.
- Nearly 75% of people who incurred incapacitating injuries were wearing their seat belts.
- In 18% of fatalities and nearly 48% of incapacitating injuries, seat belts were worn but airbags were not used or did not deploy.
- In over 20% of fatalities and 27% of incapacitating injuries the airbags deployed and the victims were wearing their seat belts.
- Accidents in which airbags deployed but the victim was not wearing a seatbelt caused just under 7% of incapacitating injuries and nearly 20% of deaths.
The statistics do not differentiate between car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. In 2008:
- Over 70% of infants and children under the age of six, who were killed in auto accidents, were in child restraints or wearing seatbelts.
- Over 76% of passengers killed, ages six to 17, were not.
- Of those who were in accidents, but not injured, nearly 94% of children under six years old were using restraints. Over 21% of passengers six and over who did not incur injuries during an accident were not using restraints.
To learn more about auto accident statistics in Florida, please contact Florida auto accident attorney David Best, P.A. today. Your case evaluation is free and can take place in your home or hospital room.