Florida Car Accident Statistics

This article was first published May 31st, 2012. Some of the laws may have changed since this that date.

Since 2008, the DMV reports a slight decline in car accidents and fatalities, but Florida is a state filled with DUI and impaired driving, other accidents, and is simply a dangerous state to drive in because of the notoriously poor drivers.

Florida used to be the land of retirement, but out of the 19 million residents, only 17 percent are over the age of 65. Tourists are a large population in Florida and along with locals, there are more drivers on the roads than ever. According to the US Census, Florida has the third highest fatalities in the country at approximately 3300 a year, right behind Texas and California, both with approximately 3500 fatal accidents a year.

Florida has decided to retaliate with a strong presence of law enforcement to reduce the fatality rate. John Goodman, from West Palm Beach, who was arrested after a deadly car accident involving the death of the other driver, was found guilty on May 29, 2012 for DUI and vehicular manslaughter. He was sentenced next week, and got him over 15 years in prison.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reported that I95 and I4 are among the deadliest roads in the country. After a study was released from 2008, it showed 1.73 fatal accidents occurred every mile for the length of I95. Coincidently, I4 and I95 are heavily traveled by tourists who drive rental cars.

An Alabama high school coach, Stacy Watters, and his son were traveling along SR 520 in Orange County after leaving a cruise ship when their vehicle was hit by a truck. Both died at the hospital and state troopers are investigating, but it appears that Watters didn’t see the truck. Being unfamiliar with the area could be part of the reason for this unnecessary accident. All drivers need to be careful when driving and assume that other drivers are not totally aware of their surroundings, and are not paying attention.  These simple factors could drastically reduce car accidents in Orlando.