Tourism Growth May Spur More Car Accidents

Despite its propensity to natural disasters, Florida’s tourism industry continues to thrive. Attractions like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Disney World, the Florida Keys, Busch Gardens, and more attract tourists from all over the world. In 2017, Orlando broke the ultimate tourism record, boasting 72 million tourists or 4 million more visitors than New York City. Orlando offers tourists more bang for their buck, with more restaurant, hotel, and attraction discounts and deals, which invite tourists to explore the city outside the theme parks.

Unfortunately, a tourism surge in the nation’s fourth-largest state naturally leads to increased tourist car accidents and injuries. It doesn’t help that Florida is one of the worst states in the entire country in which to be a pedestrian or cyclist, and that traffic conditions are already unbearable to most commuters.

Spike in Tourism May Cause More Accidents in Orlando

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 2,430 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2010. This figure represents a 30-year low in traffic-related fatalities. While this decline is commendable, Florida is still considered one of the worst states for pedestrians and bicyclists. In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 11.1 percent of pedestrian deaths and 17.4 percent of the bicyclists killed were in the state of Florida. That same year, more than 80.3 million tourists visited the state.

Florida’s large population, tourism, increased development and attractive climate are all significant risk factors for accidents and injuries. However, other considerations such as distracted driving, impaired driving and lack of tourist familiarity with the roadways increase the risk of car and truck accidents. Tourists might assume some risks while visiting theme parks, trails, and restaurants but don’t consider the potential for an auto accident to cut their vacation short while inflating their vacation budget. Unfortunately, this is a very real possibility in a city that attracts over 70 million visitors a year.

How to Seek Justice After a Tourist Car Crash in Orlando

Those who travel to Florida and become injured in a car crash must deal with more struggles than those who live here. Travelers may have limited resources upon suffering an accident while on vacation. Suffering an injury, property loss, and other damages can create an undue financial hardship, confusion, emotional strains and an end to a planned and expensive holiday.

Any injured person has the right to recover losses, even tourists from another state or country. With the help of a personal injury lawyer in Orlando, you can recover financial compensation to make up for:

  • Vacation expenses
  • All medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Inconveniences
  • Pain and suffering

Other damages are also possible.

Get started with a free consultation from one of our car accident attorneys. We can provide an estimate of the value of your case and options for recovery. Call 407-228-3838 or email us today. We are available 24/7 to help advance your case.