A recent press release from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles informed news readers that fatal car accidents in Florida have seen a recent drop. This drop in accidents concludes that 2010 recorded the fewest fatal traffic accidents ever in the state. Unfortunately, Florida is still ranked as the deadliest state in the country for motor-vehicle accidents.
Another interesting characteristic of this release is that pedestrian accidents were not included in the number of traffic accident-related deaths. As we’ve recently reported, Florida currently holds four out of the five top spots for dangerous areas in the U.S. for pedestrians. So while this press release may shine some hopeful light on Florida’s roadways, there is still cause for concern and action.
“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.
Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys understand that this report grants credit to enforcement agencies. Director Jones pours compliments on the local and state law enforcement agencies, safety advocates and lawmakers for a job well done for reducing the number of roadway accidents and fatalities. While we are thankful that the number of traffic-related deaths has indeed decreased, we’re still worried by the fact that Florida continues to rank as the most dangerous place to drive in the country.
Positive trends that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles pointed out in its recent release:
-The number of fatalities experienced per 100 million miles traveled, or the State Mileage Death Rate, has witnessed a decrease and now total about 1.25 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. This 2010 statistics is the lowest record ever in the books.
-There has been a near 31 percent decrease in the number of roadway fatalities from 2005 to 2010.
-Accident fatalities dropped from 2009 to 2010 by nearly 5 percent, or from approximately 2,500 fatalities to just over 2,440.
-Motorcyclists experienced a decrease of nearly 5 percent in the number of traffic fatalities, from roughly 400 to approximately 380.
-The number of bicyclist fatalities dropped by nearly 25 percent from 2009 to 2010.
-Teen car accidents decreased by nearly 6 percent.
Nowhere in these findings did the press release address the number of pedestrian fatalities. According to 13 News, there was a spike in the number of pedestrian fatalities from 2009 to 2010. No word of that was leaked in this release.
Florida most dangerous counties and the number of 2010 traffic accidents:
-Miami-Date: 43,260 accidents.
-Broward: 26,233 accidents:
-Hillsborough: 17,480 accidents.
-Orange: 17,090 accidents.
-Pinellas: 13,450 accidents:
Miami-Dade was obviously the county that experienced the most traffic-related fatalities in 2010. Nearly 250 people died on the county’s roadways during that time.
While officials would like to pat themselves on the back for decreased numbers of car accidents, the cold, hard facts still state that Florida roadways are some of the most dangerous in the country.