According to data collected from Florida law enforcement agencies, there were 281,340 recorded car accidents in 2012, a notable increase over the 227,998 crashes reported in 2011. Among these 2012 crashes, 2,255 proved to be fatal, resulting in 2,430 deaths. In 2011, 2,400 people died in 2,214 fatal collisions, reportedly.
Furthermore, 15,355 of the drivers involved in these accidents during 2012 were purportedly impaired. Drivers between the ages of 20 and 24 had the highest rate of drunk driving, while drivers ages 25 to 29 had the second highest rate. Altogether, there were 638 drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents, with 426 of them dying as a result, according to statistics collected for the state.
There are other figures pertaining to fatal crashes that are noteworthy. For instance, 425 motorcyclists died in collisions in 2012, an increase from the 413 deaths reported in 2011. However, the number of motorcycle passengers who died in wrecks dropped from 38 to 32 during that time span. Among fatal crashes involving bicyclists, there was a decline in deaths from 120 in 2011 to 116 the following year. Fewer pedestrians also died in traffic accidents in 2012, as compared to 2011.
A fatal car accident can wreak widespread and immeasurable damage and so may give rise to civil action. People who suffer damages in connection with an accident caused by another party’s negligence, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, may retain a personal injury attorney and file suit against the at-fault party. For example, certain family members of deceased accident victims may pursue a wrongful death suit against the party whose negligence contributed to the fatal event.
Source: Florida’s integrated report exchange system, “Trafic Crash Facts Annual Report”, October 09, 2014