The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 402,592 crashes within the state. On a national level, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 6,734,000 police-reported car accidents in 2018. There may have been more accidents that were not reported to law enforcement. Of those traffic accidents, there were 2,710,000 serious injuries and 36,560 fatalities. There was a 4.4-percent increase in traffic accidents from 2017.
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Statistics Regarding Car Accidents in 2018
Unfortunately, 2018 saw an increase in overall car crashes and injuries. Also, the majority of those killed or injured in car crashes were those between the ages of 16 and 20 years old. There were 282,000 teenagers who suffered injuries in car crashes in 2018, and 20,000 injured nonoccupants from accidents aged 55 to 64 also saw an increase from 2017.
Reasons for Auto Accidents
While the statistics that are released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration do not list the cause of the car crashes, they do estimate that one person dies every 50 minutes in a drunk driving related vehicle accident. Alternately, statistics from the National Safety Council show that distractions such as texting and driving account for 8% of all traffic accidents and drowsy driving accounts for 2% of all accidents.
Best Safety Practices to Avoid Traffic Accidents
In order to avoid becoming a statistic, consider the National Safety Council’s suggestions, which include:
- Always practice defensive driving
- Always use a seat belt
- Always designate a sober driver, or use a ridesharing or taxi service
- Avoid driving fatigued
- Avoid distractions such as texting and driving
- Be aware of anyone with the appearance of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Learn your vehicle’s safety system
- If your car has a recall notice, fix it immediately
- Make sure to be involved in your teenagers’ driving habits
Of course, one of the most important things you can do is wear your seat belt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seat belts reduce the possibility of death by 45% and reduce the risk of severe injury by 50%. It is well known that seat belts save thousands of lives every year. Wearing your seat belt is the safest practice you can do to avoid becoming a statistic.
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Contact a Car Accident Lawyer to Protect Your Rights
If you were injured in a car accident contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to help you determine if you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.