While cars and motor vehicles are the backbone of our society in so many ways, they are also a source of risk for property damage, injury, and even death. We rely on cars to get to work and trucks to deliver goods across the country, but because of this, millions of accidents happen across the United States each year. Causes include a combination of careless driving, reckless driving, negligence, and circumstances beyond anyone’s control.
Every time you get behind the wheel, it’s important to drive safely and do whatever you can to avoid an accident or collision. You may think it’s something that will never happen to you, but car accidents are more common than you may think, especially in Florida. In 2022, this has become even more apparent as many of us returned to normal commutes, more people are traveling, and new residents continue moving to the state.
This overview of Florida Crash Statistics for 2022 can give you a clear picture of the impact that car accidents have and a real view of where and how they happen. If you have been injured in an accident and need advice on what steps you should take next, the caring and knowledgeable team at Clark Law can help.
State of Florida Crash Statistics for 2022
According to preliminary data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, here are the key 2022 Florida Car Accident Statistics:
- 381,156 total crashes across the state
- 242,622 injuries from all crashes
- 3,292 fatalities from all crashes
- 9,741 crashes involving pedestrians resulting in 693 fatalities
- 102,568 hit and run crashes, resulting in 255 fatalities and 22,309 injuries
These statistics were based on crash data from January 01, 2022, to December 29, 2002, and are preliminary as of December 31, 2022.
How Many Car Accidents Per Day in Florida?
For the current 2022 reporting period, there was an average of 1,050 accidents per day across the state of Florida. Additionally, there was an average of 668 injuries per day and nine fatalities per day.
What Types of Accidents are Most Common?
Common types of accidents in 2022 included:
- 9,741 accidents involving pedestrians
- 8,899 accidents involving motorcycles
- 6,960 accidents involving bicycles
Additionally, accidents are often categorized by collision type. Here are the most common types of collisions that occur every year, according to past statistics:
- Rear-end collisions, which are by far the most common
- Left-turn collisions, particularly at intersections
- Sideswipe, commonly due to lane-change collisions
- Single vehicle accidents
- Head-on collisions, usually as a result of reckless driving
Another common type of accident is an accident due to impaired driving. In 2022, 4,829 impaired accidents involved alcohol, while an additional 201 involved alcohol and drugs, and 369 involved drugs only.
Where Do Accidents Happen the Most?
As many would expect, accidents occur most frequently in metropolitan areas due to the high volume and density of drivers, combined with the higher speeds of highways and expressways. According to the 2022 statistics, counties with high volumes of car accidents included:
- Miami-Dade County, 61319 total crashes
- Broward County, 33300 total crashes
- Hillsborough county, 27838 total crashes
- Orange County, 25539 total crashes
- Palm Beach County, 24412 total crashes
- Duval County, 23996 total crashes
- Pinellas County, 15325 total crashes
What Injuries Occur After Car Accidents?
There are many common injuries that can occur after a car accident, including:
- Neck injuries, such as whiplash
- Bone fractures, including wrist, arm, and leg fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussion
- Spinal cord injuries
- Psychological trauma and anxiety
As a no-fault state, Florida drivers are required to have personal injury protection insurance, which ensures medical coverage for injuries regardless of who caused the accident. Anyone who is in an accident should always get checked out by a doctor and make a claim within two weeks to receive coverage for any injuries sustained in an accident.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help If You Have Been in an Accident in Florida
Automobile accidents can bring considerable costs to victims and families. When you have an attorney on your side, you can trust that you will have the knowledge and resources to navigate a complicated legal environment and achieve the best outcome for you. Lawyers know which questions to ask the other driver, and how to obtain documents and other key evidence.
If you do find yourself dealing with an accident, an attorney can also protect you by ensuring you don’t say anything that may later be used against you. With a qualified, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney working for you, you can focus on recovering from your accident.
Let us help you know your rights, gather information, and be proactive about your case. At Clark Law, we offer a free consultation to help you find out if you can benefit from our services.
Call Clark Law for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in a car accident and don’t know how to move forward, let the team at Clark Law help you. We specialize in helping Florida drivers manage accidents so they can move on with their lives. Call us at (855) 680-4911 or schedule a free consultation.
Disclaimer: This content is provided for informational purposes only and does not create an attorney/client relationship.