Florida Traffic Crash Statistics – When and Where They Happen
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, overall traffic crashes and fatalities have decreased in recent years — except in regards to pedestrians. For example, between 2009 and 2010, traffic crash fatalities decreased by 4.6% from 2,563 to 2,444. In fact, “over the past five years, fatalities have dropped every year from 2005 with 3,533 to 2010 with 2,444, which is a 30.8% reduction.” Unfortunately, there was a slight increase in pedestrian fatalities between 2009 and 2010 — they went from 482 to 499 (a 3.5% increase.) Sadly, Florida remains one of the most dangerous states in the country for pedestrian and bicycling accidents.
The following statistics reveal even more interesting facts about the number of car accidents in Florida:
Between 2009 and 2010, the two most recent years for which there are available statistics, passenger and teen driver deaths decreased by 5.9% from 153 to 144;
- Between those same years, bicyclist and passenger fatalities dropped by 24% from 99 to 76;
- Also between 2009 and 2010, motorcyclist and passenger deaths dropped by 4.7% from 402 to 383. As the remainder of this August 2011 report reveals, motorcycle crashes have been steadily dropping since they reached a high of 9,618 in 2008 – they actually dropped down to only 7,484 in 2010;
- Drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 had the highest number of fatalities;
- The number of traffic fatalities for those between the ages of 70 and 90 were rather low. However, these senior drivers are not out on the roads as much as more youthful drivers;
- Although men were involved in more auto accidents than women in 2010, the statistical difference was quite small. There were 63,247 men injured in accidents that year compared to 62,840 women. However, far more women were injured as passengers in auto accidents than men;
- As for bicyclists, male riders were involved in a total of 3,690 accidents in 2010 compared to only 906 for women. However, far more men rode bicycles that year than women;
- Motorcyclists of both genders between the ages of 45 and 54 suffered the most injuries and deaths – followed by male motorcyclists between the ages of 25 and 34.
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