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Car accident statistics in Florida

The roads in Florida can get very busy each day. Many people drive their cars each day to get to work, school, run errands, go to various activities and for many other reasons. As they drive they are generally sharing the road with many other drivers. Not all of these drivers are constantly paying attention to the road though. When travelling at higher rates of speeds, taking one's eyes off the road for even a couple of seconds can lead to a car accident.

In 2013 there were a total of 316,943 accidents on Florida's roads involving 533,555 drivers. That totals 868 accidents per day. These accidents varied in severity, but 140,074 of the accidents involved injuries and 210,887 people were injured. There were also 2,224 fatal accidents and 2,402 fatalities.

While there are many different factors that lead to these accidents, 21,510 involved alcohol or drugs. That is a relatively low percentage of the total accidents, but alcohol or drugs caused 1,327 of the fatal accidents which is over 50 percent of the total fatal accidents.

No matter how severe the accident is, it can have a great effect on the victim's life. Simply having to get a car fixed can cost a lot of money and cause inconveniences while the car is at the mechanics. However, when the accident involves injuries it can create even more problems. The injury may prevent the victim from working and enjoying certain activities. It can also be very expensive if the person requires medical treatment.

However, the victim of the accident may be entitled to compensation for the damages and potentially the injuries suffered as a result. However, it is not always an easy process to receive the proper compensation from the insurance company for the whole extent of the damages resulting from the accident.

It is clear from the statistics above that there are many car accidents on Florida roads every day. The victim of the accidents may be able to receive compensation for any damages or injuries resulting from the accident. Experienced attorneys understand the problems that surround car accidents and may be able to guide one through the process.

Source: Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, "Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2013" accessed on June 22, 2015

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