Reckless Driving Responsible for Increase in Fatal AccidentsTampa Bay Legal News
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it appears that dangerous reckless driving is rising across the country. As a result, more American lives are lost in deadly crashes. Even when the country is broken down into ten regions and examined, every one of those regions reported a spike in fatal auto accidents. Region four included Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. This region had a 6% increase in deadly accidents from 2019 to 2020.
Victims of car accidents can suffer a wide array of damages including injuries and death. If you lost a loved one in a deadly Florida car accident, the Tampa wrongful death attorneys at Fulgencio Law can assist you with your wrongful death claim.
How Deadly Was 2020?
The NHTSA reported that in 2020, 38,680 people died in car accidents across the United States. In 2019, 36,096 people lost their lives in car accidents. This difference shows a 7.2% increase in deadly crashes from 2019 to 2020.
While the number of deadly crashes rose from 2019 to 2020, the number of miles traveled in 2020 was much less than in 2019. The Federal Highway Administration reported that in 2020, Americans drove 430.2 billion miles less than they did in 2019. This represents a 13.2% decrease in miles traveled from 2019 to 2020. This data suggests that even though people were driving much less in 2020 than they did in 2019, the drivers who were on the road were engaging in much riskier driving behaviors in 2020.
Specifically in the state of Florida, in 2019, there were 2,951 deadly crashes resulting in 3,185 deaths. Even though there were 401,867 total crashes reported in the state in 2019 which was higher than the crashes reported in 2020 at 341,399, the number of deadly crashes in 2020 was much higher than in 2019. In 2020, out of all of the crashes that year, 3,098 were deadly. Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows that 3,332 people lost their lives in crashes in 2020.
The aftermath of a deadly accident can be devastating for the loved ones left behind. But relatives of the deceased may be able to secure compensation on behalf of their loved one by filing a Florida wrongful death claim. The Tampa car accident attorneys at Fulgencio Law offer compassionate legal counsel that will fight aggressively for the most compensation possible on behalf of the clients they represent.
Speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving are some of the leading causes of deadly crashes that take place every year in the country. Also, not wearing the proper seat restraints increases the chances of severe injury and death in a crash. Florida’s seatbelt laws say that all occupants in the front seat must have a seatbelt and all passengers that are under the age of 18 must be belted.
Speak with a Tampa Car Accident Attorney Today
The Tampa personal injury attorneys at Fulgencio Law can help you navigate the personal injury or wrongful death claim process after a devastating car accident. For more information about how you can obtain the most compensation from your claim, please call Fulgencio Law at (813) 463-0123 to schedule a free consultation.