Are Florida Residents More Susceptible to Accidents and Personal Injuries?

by Carmen Dellutri on August 12, 2011

Floria personal injury attorneyUnfortunately, the answer is yes. Personal injuries are the leading killer of Floridians ages 1–44 and the third leading killer overall after heart disease and cancer (Florida Vital Statistics). In 2009, injuries claimed 13,000 lives and accounted for 7.65% of all resident deaths.

Moreover, in 2007 (the most current national injury data), Florida's age-adjusted injury death rates were higher than the national average by 13% for all unintentional injuries, 23% for unintentional motor vehicle injuries, 39% for unintentional poisonings, and a staggering 186% for unintentional drownings among children ages 1–4.

As further evidence, consider the following facts and statistics:

  • A 2011 report conducted by Transportation for America and the American Association of Retired Persons found that the top four of the ten most dangerous cities in the nation for pedestrians were in Florida. (For more information, check out our recent blog post.)
  • Florida’s death rate from unintentional poisonings jumped 188% from 1999 to 2007, according to the CDC.
  • Florida consistently has one of the highest age-adjusted unintentional drowning death rates in the nation and the highest age-specific drowning rate among children ages 1-4, as reported by the CDC. (For more information, check out our recent blog post.)
  • For every injury death in Florida, there are about 10 hospitalizations and 120 emergency department visits for non-fatal injuries.

Given the alarming statistics presented above, it is clear that accident prevention is extremely important for Florida residents. We hope that this blog furthers that effort.

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 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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