Florida Among Nation's Most Dangerous States for Drivers
A recent report ranked Florida among the nation's most dangerous states.
Wallet Hub reports Florida is the nation's 46th safest state, beating out Texas (47th) by one spot. The report is based on 48 different metrics. Florida ranked 40th for personal and property safety, 30th for financial safety, 47th for road safety and 41st for workplace safety.
Florida had the third-highest proportion of uninsured drivers on the roads; only Alaska and Texas fared worse.
Much of the blame for the poor record is being placed on bad roads and infrastructure struggling to keep up with the demands of growth. But that is a convenient argument that takes the responsibility out of the hands of drivers.
There is much drivers can do to stay safer on Florida roads. Simply following the rules of the road will measurably increase safety. Don't drink and drive. Don't drive distracted. Don't speed or drive aggressively. Watch out for motorcycle riders, bicyclists and pedestrians. Keep the basics covered.
And don't underestimate the risks, because almost nowhere in America are they higher than right here in the Sunshine State.
Florida Traffic Accident Risks
Our West Palm Beach auto accident attorneys are not surprised by the results. The truth of the matter is that Florida is facing an epidemic of traffic deaths.
- Florida Department of Motor Vehicles reports more than 1,000 traffic accidents a day occur in Florida.
- Florida leads the nation in motorcycle deaths, reporting 504 riders killed in 2017, which was actually a reduction from the 566 riders killed in 2016, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. California and Texas were the only other states to report more than 400 deaths.
- Florida leads the nation in bicyclist deaths, with an average of 150 riders killed each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. California is the only other state that reports more than 100 deaths per year on average.
West Palm Beach Pedestrians Face Among Highest Risks
But perhaps nothing illustrates the extreme road risks in Florida like the carnage being faced by pedestrians.
Florida is the most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians. Road Safe America's study "Dangerous by Design" found the top seven most dangerous metro areas in the nation for pedestrians are located in Florida. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach was the 11th-most dangerous in the nation.
As the Miami New Times recently reported, "Florida, as a state, is so poorly planned and designed that simply walking around city streets is legitimately dangerous."
Preliminary statistics suggest more than 300 pedestrians were killed in Florida during the first six months of this year. California was the only other state to report more than 300 deaths. The GHSA reports Miami-Dade County is the fifth most-dangerous county in the nation for pedestrians. If you have been injured in a crash on foot, it's best to speak to an experienced pedestrian accident attorney who can help you get back on your feet.
Consulting an experienced personal injury or wrongful death law firm in West Palm Beach is best done in the immediate aftermath of a collision. Each case is as unique as each collision. But having an experienced personal injury lawyer is the best bet when it comes to protecting your rights and the financial well-being of you and your family. Contact David J. Glatthorn, P.A. and find out how we can help you.