Florida Third in the Nation for Crash-related Death Costs

by Carmen Dellutri on June 9, 2011

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyAccording to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida ranked No. 3 in the nation when it comes to costs incurred from fatal vehicle crashes.

In one year, Florida crash deaths resulted in $3.16 million in medical and work loss costs.

To calculate that burden, the CDC totaled the costs for emergency medical care and added to it the estimated lifetime income and benefits lost when a person died in a crash.

In order to save lives and money, the CDC recommends that Florida adopt the following strategies:

  • Primary enforcement seat belt law that covers all seating positions.
  • Strong child passenger safety policies that require age- and size-appropriate child safety and booster seats.
  • Comprehensive graduated drivers licensing (GDL) system to help young drivers gain experience under lower-risk conditions.
  • Universal motorcycle helmet law that requires all riders to wear helmets.

As reported by the Palm Beach Post, turning the CDC’s recommendations into law will continue to be an uphill battle in Florida.

While Florida enacted a mandatory seat belt law in 2009, it only applies to front seat passengers and those under 18. In 2000, Florida repealed a decades-old helmet law allowing drivers and their passengers older than 21 to choose whether they wear a helmet.

Finally, although Florida requires children be in safety seats through age 3, it leaves booster seat use to a parent’s discretion based on a child’s weight and height. It is one of only three states that do not explicitly require a booster seat for older children.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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