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Although cars have shaped our country and the way we live, work, and travel, that fact remains that they are dangerous and sometimes deadly. Most of the time it’s not only the car, roads, or weather that causes an accident, but the negligence of other drivers on the road. Driving a car can be fun, but it can also be scary. Some drivers in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach are notorious for being careless, reckless, and downright terrifying. If you have driven around these cities, you know that you need to stay alert and pay attention to the road.

Car accidents can happen any time. A careless driver can run a red light or stop sign, merge into you, stop suddenly, drive into oncoming traffic, swerve unexpectedly and more. When this happens, it can cause a serious car accident that can lead to severe personal injury. These injuries can cost you dearly: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, car repair, and loss of consortium to name a few. The hiring of a car accident attorney is crucial in order to determine what losses you have.

Once your losses are determined, they need to be presented to the at fault driver’s insurance company. Insurance companies are more likely to give a personal injury lawyer a higher priority because they know that their demand comes with credibility. If you make a demand on an insurance company without a personal injury attorney representing you, the insurance company will try to get away with the lowest possible settlement. Taking this into consideration, many times you will receive a larger settlement (even after paying attorney’s fees) by hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer than you would receive if you were representing yourself.

Not all cases settle. Sometimes a lawsuit needs to be filed. Our experienced West Palm Beach car accident lawyers will take your case from the pre-suit process all the way through trial. They will fight for your rights against the insurance company in the courts. Our experienced car accident lawyers will help get you the justice and compensation you deserve for your injuries.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, below is a statistical analysis of car accidents in Florida:

Traffic Crashes in Florida by Year – 2005 to 2009

  • 2009 – 235,778 traffic crashes, 646 crashes per day
  • 2008 – 243,342 traffic crashes, 665 crashes per day
  • 2007 – 265,206 traffic crashes, 702 crashes per day
  • 2006 – 256,200 traffic crashes, 702 crashes per day
  • 2005 – 268,605 traffic crashes, 736 crashes per day

Drivers Involved in Crashes

The State of Florida tracks the number of drivers involved in traffic accidents every year.

  • 2009 – 338,633 drivers involved in crashes
  • 2008 – 346,610 drivers involved in crashes
  • 2007 – 366,917 drivers involved in crashes
  • 2006 – 370,035 drivers involved in crashes
  • 2005 – 395,696 drivers involved in crashes
  • 2009 – 2,563 fatalities in 2,372 fatal accidents
  • 2008 – 2,983 fatalities in 2,764 fatal accidents
  • 2007 – 3,221 fatalities in 2,947 fatal accidents
  • 2006 – 3,365 fatalities in 3,084 fatal accidents
  • 2005 – 3,533 fatalities in 3,185 fatal accidents
  • 2009 – 197,214 injuries in 125,675 injury crashes
  • 2008 – 199,658 injuries in 128,162 injury crashes
  • 2007 – 212,149 injuries in 135,601 injury crashes
  • 2006 – 214,914 injuries in 137,282 injury crashes
  • 2005 – 233,930 injuries in 147,879 injury crashes

Fatalities and Fatal Crashes

  • 2009 – 2,563 fatalities in 2,372 fatal accidents
  • 2008 – 2,983 fatalities in 2,764 fatal accidents
  • 2007 – 3,221 fatalities in 2,947 fatal accidents
  • 2006 – 3,365 fatalities in 3,084 fatal accidents
  • 2005 – 3,533 fatalities in 3,185 fatal accidents

Injuries in Auto Crashes

  • 2009 – 197,214 injuries in 125,675 injury crashes
  • 2008 – 199,658 injuries in 128,162 injury crashes
  • 2007 – 212,149 injuries in 135,601 injury crashes
  • 2006 – 214,914 injuries in 137,282 injury crashes
  • 2005 – 233,930 injuries in 147,879 injury crashes

Alcohol Related Crashes

Alcohol related car accidents are completely unnecessary and very costly in injuries, damages to vehicles, lost driving privileges and most importantly lost lives.

  • 2009 – 20,085 alcohol related traffic accidents resulting in 1,004 deaths and 14,130 injuries.
  • 2008 – 22,259 alcohol related traffic accidents resulting in 1,169 deaths and 15,736 injuries.
  • 2007 – 22,283 alcohol related traffic accidents resulting in 1,244 deaths and 16,208 injuries.
  • 2006 – 214,914 injuries in 137,282 injury crashes
  • 2005 – 233,930 injuries in 147,879 injury crashes

Pedestrians Involved in Car Accidents

Getting hit by a car is a nightmare, but it happens thousands of times a year in Florida. If you are on foot, always use the crosswalk and don’t pop into the road from behind things where approaching drivers cannot see you. Following are statistics of Pedestrians involved in car accidents.

  • 2008 – 502 pedestrians killed in 7,878 crashes involving pedestrians.
  • 2007 – 530 pedestrians killed in 8,139 crashes involving pedestrians.

Bicycle Related Crashes in Florida

Bicycles and cars don’t mix well. Always keep a sharp eye out, especially in intersections and driveways. If you are riding a bicycle, always wear a helmet; it could easily save your life.

  • 2008 – 118 bicyclists killed in 4,775 bicycle crashes.
  • 2007 – 121 bicyclists killed in 4,847 bicycle crashes.

Motorcycle Crashes in Florida

Motorcycles are big part of life in Florida with our excellent year-round weather. Always look for motorcycles before you pull out, change lanes, and enter the highway.

  • 2008 – 502 motorcyclists were killed, and 8,519 were injured in 9,618 crashes.
  • 2007 – 517 motorcyclists were killed, and 8,186 were injured in 9,205 crashes.

Source of Data: The data used to generate this report is the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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