Florida Car Accident Facts & Statistics for 2007
It is an undeniable fact that when you drive your automobile on the roads and highways, you are at risk of being injured in a Florida car accident. In 2007, there were 256,206 traffic accidents in Florida, which equates to over 700 crashes each day. With the vast amount of daily collisions, it is no wonder that thousands of people are hurt every year.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles publishes an annual report of traffic crash statistics. This report includes information from the Department’s crash database, which is a compilation of data from traffic crash reports from state and local law enforcement agencies. The report contains data that is designed to create solutions to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on Florida’s roads and highways.
According to the 2007 statistics, there were 366,917 drivers involved in traffic crashes and there were 212,149 injuries resulting from these accidents. There were 3,221 reported traffic fatalities with a mileage death rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled of 1.57.
Alcohol and drugs played a role in thousands of Florida car accidents in 2007. Based on the report, there were 22,823 alcohol-related crashes and 1,119 alcohol-related fatal crashes. More than 1,200 people were killed in drunk driving accidents and over 16,000 were injured. That same year, there were 1,252 drug-related accidents, resulting in 202 deaths and 952 injuries.
The 2007 report also includes information regarding pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle crashes. In 2007, 530 pedestrians were killed and 7,529 were injured. There were 121 bicycle accident fatalities and 4,303 injuries. The state of Florida also experienced 9,205 motorcycle crashes that led to 517 deaths and approximately 9,000 injuries.
Some of the accident and injury statistics declined from 2006, but the number of deaths and injuries caused by auto accidents are still too high in Florida.
Source: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: 2007 Florida Traffic Crash Statistics Report