Good News! Traffic Fatalities in Palm Beach County Down in 2011
In 2010, traffic fatalities in Florida reached a 33-year low. Preliminary figures show that for the sixth consecutive year, car accident deaths in Florida continue to drop. In 2011, 2,373 people were recorded as having died in Florida car crashes. This is the lowest number of fatalities since 1978, when the population of Florida was only half of what it is today.
Palm Beach County shows a similar trend. There were 117 traffic accident deaths in 2011, compared to 123 the year before.
Officials believe that the decreased number of accidents can be attributed to the construction of safer roads and the installation of better guard rails, as well as driver education and law enforcement efforts. But is this the whole story?
Today's cars are simply safer than vehicles manufactured in the 1970s. Modern vehicles have airbags, anti-lock brakes, rollover prevention technology and a host of features that were not available thirty years ago. Are these features also responsible for the decline in Florida accident fatalities? It would be interesting to know whether the overall number of car wrecks have also decreased.
The fact remains that most Florida traffic accidents are caused by driver negligence. This was true in the 1970s, and it is still true today. If your loved one was one of the 117 who died in Palm Beach County traffic accidents last year, you know that every traffic accident death is one too many. It is not fair that your loved one's life ended because another driver decided to drive drunk, run a red light, or exceed the speed limit. You deserve accountability for your loss.
Learn more about your rights in West Palm Beach accident lawyer David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim, or contact Glatthorn at 888-340-2620. The initial consultation is free.