Last Updated: April 9th, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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Fort Lauderdale is only home to an estimated 165,000 people, according to the census. But as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Florida, Fort Lauderdale is a vacation spot for approximately 12 million visitors each year.
With more than 12 million people in the area within a year, it should be no surprise that Fort Lauderdale is also the site of thousands of motor vehicle accidents.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, more than 41,300 car crashes were reported in Broward County in 2017. The county had the second highest number of reported crashes in Florida.
In Fort Lauderdale specifically, more than 5,400 crashes were reported in 2017; Over 2,100 of these led to injuries, and 26 ended in fatalities.
Some of the most dangerous intersections in Fort Lauderdale include A1A and Las Olas Blvd., an area with more than 1,000 injured-related accidents in 2015; and Atlantic Blvd. and U.S. 1, which was the site of more than 6,000 accidents in 2015. (Data is based on information from Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System.)
While 5,400+ crashes may seem like a low number in comparison to larger metropolitan cities, Fort Lauderdale's traffic accidents can be deadly. According to the Smart Growth America 2019 Dangerous by Design report, 5,433 pedestrians were killed between 20018 and 2017. Of these pedestrians, more than 28 percent died in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, giving the region a death rate of 2.61 per 100,000 people.
When it comes to pedestrian fatalities, Fort Lauderdale has the second highest rate in the nation. The rate of traffic fatalities is the fifth highest. Over the past 5 years, there was an average of 20 fatalities on Fort Lauderdale streets each year.
Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale
Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale is a campaign aimed at creating a safe city with the ultimate goal of there being zero motor vehicle fatalities in one year. Fort Lauderdale is 1 of 10 cities leading a national effort to eliminate traffic fatalities.
The program will use a combination of engineering strategies to create safer environments for driving, biking, and walking, education and encouragement to promote best practices for safely using the streets, enforcement to encourage motorists to obey traffic laws, and evaluations to collect data on the successes of these strategies.
Vision Zero was implemented in 2015 and based on 2017 data, traffic fatalities have already decreased. However, there is still a long way to go to reach zero.
Weinstein Legal understands the devastating consequences of all motor vehicle accidents. If you were hurt in a car crash or lost a loved one in a fatal accident, contact a Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
Fill out our contact form or call 954-845-0505 to speak with our legal team.