Good News: Florida Traffic Fatalities Are Down

by Carmen Dellutri on November 1, 2011

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyThe traffic death rate continues to drop in the State of Florida, according to a recent report issued by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. As Florida personal injury attorneys, we are happy to share the good news with our readers.

“The report shows that as a state we are moving toward our vision of a safer Florida as crashes continue to drop,” said DHSMV Executive Director Julie L. Jones. “The favorable trends that we are seeing demonstrate the emphasis that law enforcement agencies, lawmakers and safety advocates place on saving lives on our roadways. Through unified efforts, we continue every day to make our roadways a safer place for residents and visitors.”

Some positive trends the report highlights include:

  • State Mileage Death Rate (the number of deaths per 100 million miles traveled) decreased to 1.25 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2010 and is the lowest since the rate has been calculated.
  • During the past five years, fatalities have dropped every year from 2005 with 3,533 to 2010 with 2,444, which is a 30.8 percent reduction.
  • Traffic crash fatalities on Florida roadways fell between 2009 and 2010 by 4.6 percent, going from 2,563 to 2,444 respectively.
  • Motorcycle rider and passenger fatalities decreased between 2009 and 2010 by 4.7 percent from 402 to 383 respectively.
  • Bicyclist and passenger fatalities plunged between 2009 and 2010 by 24 percent from 99 to 76 respectively.
  • Teen crash fatalities fell between 2009 and 2010 by 5.9 percent from 153 to 144 respectively.

A complete copy of the Traffic Crash Statistics Report 2010 is available here.

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 car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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