According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 32,855 motor vehicle traffic accidents in the US last year—that’s the lowest number since 1949 and a 2.9% drop from the 33,883 people who died in 2009. The number of Florida traffic deaths also went down by 4.5%, at 2,445 fatalities. There were 115 more in 2009.
Our Miami motor vehicle crash lawyers represent clients throughout South Florida that were injured in car accidents, truck collisions, motorcycle crashes, pedestrian accidents, bicycle collisions, and bus crashes. Please contact us right away if you think you may have grounds for a claim.
Nationally, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood applauded the decline in traffic deaths. He spoke about the progress made toward improving traffic safety while acknowledging that there was more to do to protect motorists.
More US Traffic Death Facts for 2010:
• 22,187 passenger vehicle occupant deaths,1,976,000 injuries
• 12,435 passenger car deaths, 1,258,000 injuries
• 9,952 light truck deaths, 732,000 injuries
• 529 large truck fatalities, 19,000 injuries
• 4,502 motorcycle crash deaths, 82,000 injuries
• 4,280 pedestrian fatalities, 70,000 injuries
• 616 pedalcyclist deaths, 51,000 injuries
Drunk driving was a factor in 31% of fatalities. Also, not all types of traffic crashes saw a drop. The number of large truck-related deaths went up from 2009 by 6%, and there was a slight increase in the number of motorcycle crash deaths as well. There was also an increase in pedalcyclist fatalities and pedestrian deaths. Regarding accident victims that survived with injuries, NHTSA estimates that the total number of motor vehicle injury victims went up in 2010 to 2.24 million people, which is a 1.2% jump from the 2.22 million that were injured in 2009.
Even though Florida provides Personal Injury Protection, if you or your loved one suffered serious injuries in a Palm Beach car accident, you should immediately explore your options by contacting a South Florida injury lawyer. Recovering from a car crash can be tough and costly, as is losing someone you love in a collision. You may not know the extent of your injuries right away, which makes getting a good sense of how much you may ultimately owe in medical and recovery bills tough. This is another reason why you should have an experienced Hollywood, Florida car accident law firm helping you.
Obviously, any decline in Florida traffic deaths is a step forward in terms of improving vehicle safety. Unfortunately, every day, someone is involved in a car accident in this country. As experienced Boca Raton personal injury lawyers, it is our job to make sure that our clients receive all the money owed to them by all negligent parties.
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Pro Golfer’s Son Sustains Head Injuries in Palm Beach County Semi-Truck Crash, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, December 2, 2011
Coral Gables Wrongful Death Lawsuit Seeks Damages from 19-Year-Old Allegedly Drunk Driver, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, November 3, 2011
Teen Drivers Continue to Text Despite Knowing the Dangers, Reports Liberty Mutual and SADD Study, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, October 20, 2011