If you've been living in Florida for any period of time, you've likely become very familiar with the site of auto accidents crowding the side of the road. Especially in South Florida, where Broward County and Miami-Dade County lead the state for the most car crashes of 2018, it's near-impossible to go a week without spotting at least one auto accident.
At Weinstein Legal, our practice is located in the heart of Broward County. We see firsthand the devastation that Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, and other Broward cities suffer due to car crashes. 2018 was a year full of shocking car crash statistics, and Broward County was no exception.
Keep reading to discover the 6 most surprising crash statistics of 2018, as told by a Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney.
1. Total Crashes of 2018
According to Florida's Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), Broward County experienced the second most auto accidents in Florida in 2018, totaling 40,703 crashes. Coming in first place, Miami-Dade County experienced 63,397 auto accidents. Combined, both counties were the location of 104,100 accidents.
In comparison, the entire state of Florida experienced 399,468 auto accidents in 2018. This means that Broward and Miami-Dade Counties alone were responsible for more than one-fourth of the accidents in the entire state.
2. 2018 Injury Recap
Broward County was the site of 16,548 injury crashes in 2018. In total, the amount of injuries caused by auto accidents amounted to 24,443. Unfortunately, an additional 204 were killed from injuries they sustained in the crash.
3. Commercial Vehicle Accidents
It's not news that Broward County is a hot spot for commercial vehicle accidents. Whether they're large trucks or smaller delivery vans, Florida drivers frequently collide with commercial vehicles. In fact, 2018 saw 4,221 commercial vehicle accidents involving 4,477 commercial vehicles.
4. The Population to Accident Ratio
Currently, the state of Florida is home to 20.6 million people. Of this number, 1.91 million are living in Broward County. Therefore, Broward County residents make up approximately 9.2 percent of the Floridian population.
However, when analyzing the total amount of accidents that occurred in Florida in 2018, Broward County car crashes represent over 10 percent of Floridian auto accidents.
5. One in How Many Will Crash?
The nearly 2 million residents living in Broward County in 2018 were responsible for 40,703 accidents. Using these numbers, it can be deduced that 23 of every 1,000 residents will be in an accident per year in Broward County. With that number in mind, are you prepared in the case of an accident? Do you know what's covered in your auto insurance policy?
6. Pedestrian Accidents
It is estimated that approximately 22 percent of the total pedestrian accidents in the state took place in South Florida. This isn't too surprising when one considers that the city of Fort Lauderdale alone is ranked as the second worst cities of all-time for bicycle and pedestrian safety.
In 2018, there were 1,071 pedestrian crashes, which resulted in 62 fatalities. There were an additional 718 bicycle crashes, which resulted in 9 fatalities.
As we continue through 2019, we urge you to be careful on Broward County roads. In the unfortunate case that you are involved in a car crash, don't hesitate to contact the Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys at Weinstein Legal.