West Palm Beach Attorney: 2019 Florida Crash Data Not Looking Good
Earlier this year, the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety ranked Florida among the most unsafe states for driving, particularly due to its lack of essential traffic safety laws.
Our state currently has no laws enforcing:
- Primary enforcement rear seatbelt
- All-rider motorcycle helmet requirement
- Rear-facing seats for children under two
- Booster seats
- Minimum age of 16 for learner's permit
- Nighttime and passenger restrictions for drivers under 18
- Ignition interlocks for all DUI offenders
- All-driver texting ban
- GLD cellphone ban
And what's the payoff?
In 2018, our state had a total of 401,851 crashes, resulting in 3,150 fatalities in and 254,484 injuries. We are nearly three quarters through 2019 and at the rate we're going now, 2019 is already shaping up to be a bad year.
How bad is 2019?
- 1,695 bicycle crashes with 40 fatalities
- 2,285 motorcycle crashes with 145 fatalities
- 2,592 pedestrian crashes with 199 fatalities
While it's still too early in the year to determine, Florida may surpass the number of fatalities reported in 2018.
In Palm Beach County alone, we have seen 7,022 crashes, 47 deaths, and 4,197 injuries, which included:
- 116 bicycle crashes (no fatalities)
- 117 motorcycle crashes with 5 fatalities reported
- 198 pedestrian crashes with 5 fatalities reported
In 2018, Palm Beach County had 26,902 total crashes, 181 deaths, and 16,013 injuries.
What can be done to bring the numbers down?
First and foremost, drivers must be aware of their habits. Everywhere you look, you see someone engaging in some form of distraction behind the wheel. It could be texting and driving, eating, drinking, and using built-in technology.
Speeding and aggressive driving are also common in West Palm Beach. What's worse, this type of behavior has become so commonplace, some drivers do it without realizing it.
Secondly, drivers should be extra cautious when traveling on roads and intersections with high crash rates. An article in Palm Beach Post identified several intersections throughout Palm Beach County with the most crashes in 2018.
Here are these West Palm Beach intersections:
- North Military Trail and Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach, which has an average of 149 crashes per year
- North Congress Avenue and 45th Street
- North Jog Road and Okeechobee Boulevard
- Palm Beach Lakes and Village Boulevards
- North Robbins Drive and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
- Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and Executive Center Drive
- Okeechobee Boulevard and Wabasso Drive
- Southern Boulevard and Lyons Road
- Okeechobee Boulevard and the southbound Interstate 95 exit
Lastly, injured motorists should know their rights after a crash. Car accident attorney David J. Glatthorn has more than 30 years of experience representing crash victims throughout greater West Palm Beach. He can investigate your crash and gather evidence to support a solid case against the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company.
Don't wait. Contact David J. Glatthorn, P.A. today to set up your free case review.