Florida Auto Accident Fatality Statistics
At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we have helped countless clients receive just compensation following the loss of a loved one. This commitment to everyone who visits our practice has established us as one of the leading law firms serving Central Florida.
Lawsuits for fatal auto accidents can be especially difficult, both emotionally and in terms of the time required for the legal process to function properly. With that in mind, let's look at fatal auto accident statistics and how our attorneys can help you with your case.
Fatal Accidents in 2013
According to statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 2,224 fatal crashes in 2013, resulting in 2,402 fatalities. These numbers are down slightly from numbers for 2012, when there were 2,255 fatal crashes that resulted in 2,430 fatalities.
Reckless Driving Contributed to Fatalities
One of the common reasons that serious auto accidents occur is reckless driving. By failing to follow the rules of the road and failing to exercise sound judgment, accidents are more likely to occur.
In 2013, there were 440 fatal crashes because drivers did not yield the right of way; 117 fatal crashes because drivers exceeded the posted speed limit; 103 fatal crashes because drivers did not keep in their proper lane; 10 fatal crashes because of following too closely/tailgating; 57 fatal crashes because of running a red light; and 24 fatal crashes because of running a stop sign.
Fatal Crashes Related to Drugs and Alcohol
Drugs and alcohol will impair your good judgment, making reckless behaviors and serious collisions more likely.
In 2013, there were 17,107 crashes that were thought to have been linked to alcohol. Of that number, 789 were fatal crashes that claimed the lived of 859 people total.
As for drug use while driving, there were 4,403 crashes in which drugs were suspected to have played a part. Of that total, 538 were fatal collisions, claiming the lives of 592 people
Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatalities
Of course, motorists in cars and tucks aren't the only victims of major auto accidents. Pedestrians and bicyclists are also affected by collisions. In 2013, there were 498 pedestrian fatalities and 135 bicyclist fatalities related to auto accidents.
Since the road is shared, it's important for motorists to remain attentive to others, especially those who are far more vulnerable to major injuries and impairment.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You After Losing a Loved One
Losing a loved one can be extremely difficult, especially when you lose your loved one as a result of another person's negligent actions. That's why our attorneys will fight diligently for you and your needs, seeking compensation for the emotional pain and suffering you face as well as various material losses linked to your family member or spouse. While the damages will not be able to bring your loved one back, they can help with the mourning process and provide some comfort and dignity as you try to move forward with your life.
Speak with the Legal Team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau
To learn more about your legal rights and options following a fatal auto accidents, it's important that you contact our personal injury lawyers today. The legal team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve the best with regard to legal outcomes.