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How high is a motorist’s risk when driving in Florida?

On Behalf of | May 9, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

People often take their safety for granted when traveling in a motor vehicle. Although there is a constant risk of a crash caused by unsafe road conditions, poor vehicle maintenance and bad driving choices, most people simply assume that they will reach their intended destination without any issue.

Unfortunately, for a small percentage of people who are traveling at any given time in motor vehicles, what seems like a routine trip to work or the accountant’s office could potentially lead to permanent consequences. People’s attitudes about insurance and even their driving habits may change when they better understand what’s at risk on Florida roads.

There are more than a thousand crashes every day

State authorities compile and review crash data from all over the state. The collection and analysis of traffic collision details can help policymakers establish better road safety laws and can help guide law enforcement priorities as well. Even though many people question the necessity of traffic enforcement, collisions are a leading cause of death and injury in Florida, so preventing them is a priority.

Florida averaged 1,100 crashes per day in 2021. There were more than 400,000 crashes that year, and 3,741 lost their lives in Florida wrecks. State records also show 16,826 people suffered incapacitating injuries and that hundreds of thousands of others had minor injuries. Although there are millions of people driving in Florida on any given day, the fact that more than a thousand of them end up involved in collisions is cause for concern.

How can drivers use this information for their own safety?

There are two ways in which motorists in Florida can use the information about the prevalence of collisions, crash injuries and traffic fatalities to keep themselves a bit safer. Understanding the potential risk of a collision might motivate someone to purchase more insurance. Better liability coverage and underinsured motorist protection are possible policy additions that could benefit someone after a crash. Drivers might also have an easier time focusing on safety once they acknowledge how likely they are to experience a severe crash.

Learning more about Florida traffic safety and reviewing personal practices could help a motorist diminish the possibility of sustaining harm in a crash. Seeking legal guidance can help motorists who couldn’t avoid harm to secure any and all compensation to which they may be entitled.