The Ledezma Law Firm has handled numerous cases which were caused by the negligence of drivers who were distracted by cell phones, text messaging, or other hazards. Additionally, we have also handled many cases which involved drunk drivers who have caused accidents with serious fatalities.

Vehicle Accidents Personal Injury Lawyer

When you’re the victim of a traffic accident, you may have the right to financial compensation. Here’s what you should know about Florida car accident statistics from our south Florida attorneys.

How Many Traffic Accidents Occur Each Year in Florida?

About 400,000 traffic accidents occur each year in Florida. In fact, in 2019, there were 401,867 total car accidents reported in the State of Florida. There is a direct correlation between the population size of Florida and the number of accidents. In essence, the more the population increases the more accidents Florida will see. This is especially the case now with many out of state people moving to Florida because of the corona virus pandemic. This large influx of people has resulted in more congestion on the streets and crashes. Less than one percent of traffic accidents that occur each year in Florida are fatal.

What Percent of Drivers Get in an Accident in Florida?

About five percent of drivers get in an accident each year in Florida. There are about 17 million licensed drivers in the State of Florida. In any given year, there are about 401,867 total car accidents reported in Florida. If most car accidents involve two drivers, the odds of being in a crash in any given year are about five percent.

Florida Car Accident Statistics 2019

Florida car 2019 accident statistics include the following:

  • 401,867 total car accidents in the State of Florida
  • 3,185 fatalities in car accidents throughout the state
  • 236,753 total injuries from car accidents in 2019
  • 231,896 involving only property damage
  • 4,984 alcohol confirmed crashes
  • 351 alcohol confirmed fatal crashes
  • 730 drug confirmed crashes
  • 6,664 bicycle crashes causing 156 fatalities
  • 8,895 motorcycle accidents that resulted in 550 deaths
  • 9,736 crashes involving pedestrians

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Palm Beach County Traffic Accident Statistics

Palm Beach County traffic 2019 accident statistics include the following:

  • 26,817 accident crashes in 2019
  • 174 total traffic-related fatalities in the year
  • 16,787 resulting in injuries
  • 305 alcohol confirmed crashes
  • 10 alcohol confirmed fatalities
  • 519 bicycle accidents that resulted in 10 fatalitie
  • 410 motorcycle accidents in 2019 resulting in 23 deaths in Palm Beach County
  • 633 pedestrian crashes that lead to 42 fatalities

Vehicle accidents can occur in a variety of different ways. A vehicle can be rear-ended, sideswiped or there can be a head-on collision. Additionally, accidents can occur involving multiple vehicles.   At the Ledezma Law Firm, we have experience representing those injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents:

Rear-end crashes. While rear-end crashes are the type of crash that is least likely to result in serious injury, serious injuries are possible, especially when vehicles are traveling at high speeds at the time of impact.

Sideswipe crashes. A sideswipe collision refers to an accident type in which the sides of vehicles collide, often as the result of an illegal and improper lane change.

T-bone crashes. A T-bone crash is one of the most devastating accident types, and injuries to drivers and passengers in both vehicles are very possible. A T-bone refers to an accident in which the front end of one vehicle crashes directly into the side of another, forming a ‘T’ shape. These accidents are common when one driver fails to yield in an intersection.

Head-on collisions. Head-on collisions are the least common, yet most deadly, type of accident. These collisions often occur as a result of a driver traveling in the wrong direction on the roadway or drifting into the lane of oncoming traffic. Head-on crashes have the potential to be fatal. 

Just like there are both state and local laws that may apply to car accidents, there are both civil and criminal laws that may apply to a car accident. For example, if one of the drivers is intoxicated, they may be charged with drunk driving. Other criminal charges that may result from a Florida car accident are reckless driving, manslaughter, and even driver’s license violations. In addition, a driver may receive a traffic ticket that results in a fine and license sanctions.

Criminal charges are brought by the state attorney’s office. It’s up to the state attorney to decide whether to file charges. While limited restitution may be available, the purpose of a criminal proceeding is not to compensate the victim for damages. For the victim to receive complete damages, they must bring a civil claim for compensation.

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Civil Law for Car Accidents in Florida

In addition to criminal law applying to Florida car accidents, civil law applies to Florida car accidents as well. A central purpose of civil law is to ensure that car accident victims are fairly compensated. The car accident victim is the person who initiates the civil case. They take action to hold the person responsible for the accident accountable. Ultimately, a car accident civil claim allows the victim to receive the compensation that they are entitled to.

In the State of Florida, you may bring a third-party claim for compensation if you meet the Florida serious injury threshold after a car accident. Even a broken bone or a scar may be enough to meet this threshold. If you qualify to bring a claim, the other side may owe you compensation for pain and suffering as well as compensation for a range of financial losses. Most motorists carry liability insurance that allows them to pay damages in the event of a car accident claim. You have the right to assistance from a licensed Florida car accident attorney to bring your case on your behalf.

Our auto accident attorneys have handled routine cases with relatively minor property damage, all the way up to motor vehicle accidents involving the death of drivers. We have worked with accident reconstructionist experts and engineers to help recreate accidents. We’ve also worked with economists to help prepare an accurate picture of lost wages and damages when injured people have been kept out of work or will require future medical care.

The Ledezma Law Firm understands the difficulties that can come up after a car accident. Our lawyers have experience with the types of physical injuries and damages that come up as a result of car crashes. We have worked with families who have had to deal with a loved one out of work or who needs extensive help at home because they cannot do simple things they used to be able do. Florida Law has specific guidelines which can make recovery complicated. To make sure that you recover the most you are entitled to, it is important that your lawyer have the experience and know-how to maximize your recovery.

The attorneys at the Ledezma Law Firm have a successful track record at handling car crashes throughout Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, and Florida. If you have been involved in a car accident and are unsure of your next step, we encourage you to fill out our free case review form. 

The attorneys at the Ledezma Law Firm can help make sure that you receive all of the benefits from the insurance companies. Our lawyers can also assist you in making sure that all possible claims have been made. 

Florida law requires that all drivers carry a minimum of $10,000 in Personal Protection Injury Protection (PIP) insurance that provides coverage for up to 80% of medical expenses and 60% of lost wages in an accident, regardless of who caused the accident. This is sometimes referred to as “no-fault” coverage. The goal behind the PIP law is to reduce litigation in cases where medical benefits and lost wages are relatively minor. However, in many cases, even minor accidents can cause medical bills and lost wages to quickly exceed the $10,000 PIP benefits that are available.

One of the most important things a good auto accident attorney does is help to show a client how the process works. Don’t go through the process blind and with your hands tied behind your back. Level the playing field by engaging the services of a high-quality auto accident attorney.

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