Why Florida is One of the Most Dangerous States for Drivers
At MLG Injury, our Florida auto accident attorneys know there are multiple ways negligent drivers can endanger the safety and lives of other motorists throughout the Sunshine State.
Unfortunately, a new study outlined in the Orlando Sentinel ranked Florida 14th for worst drivers in America, which was the highest-ranking found. Depending on the source, other surveys and studies list Florida as low as fourth on the list of dangerous states for drivers.
Like most online studies, the varied rankings apply to most states. But when it comes to dangerous activity on our Florida roadways, the actual numbers speak volumes.
Florida Ranks Sixth in the Highest Number of Uninsured Drivers in the Nation
The Insurance Information Institute lists that 20.4% of all Florida drivers do not have vehicle insurance, even though it is mandated by law.
When drivers fail to follow our state vehicle registration, licensing, or insurance laws, they often have little regard for traffic laws, which can lead to significant accidents caused by speeding, distracted, or intoxicated drivers throughout the state.
Over 800 People Were Killed in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Accidents in Florida Last Year
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state reported a total of 32,177 DUI arrests last year.
According to Responsibility.org, 814 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving accidents over the same time.
While our state’s economy is anchored in tourism, which may contribute to the number of impaired drivers on our roadways, it does not make our streets and highways any less dangerous.
Pedestrian Safety is Also a Significant Concern Throughout Florida
Last year, the Sun-Sentinel reported Florida as the most dangerous state for pedestrians, and South Florida is the 13th-most dangerous region in America for pedestrians.
More people in Florida are hit and killed by cars than anywhere else in the country, accounting for 713 fatalities last year alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Like the potential for unsafe drivers who visit from surrounding states, Florida’s climate and vacation areas mean many people are outside walking to their destinations throughout the year.
With more people on foot, the potential for pedestrian accidents increases exponentially during high-tourist seasons.
Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Florida for a Free Consultation
No matter how you were injured or lost a loved one in a traffic collision if negligence was a factor in your crash, we want to help you hold the negligent driver liable for your complete damages.
Contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to learn how we can help you pursue the financial recovery you are entitled to for your losses.