Our West Palm Beach injury lawyers continue to look at the accident data recently released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
As we reported on our South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, fatal Florida traffic accidents reached a new low in 2009, claiming 2,563 lives compared to the 2,983 motorists killed on the road in 2008.
But just looking at the number of fatal accidents tells only part of the story. More than 100 motorists were seriously injured for every motorist killed in a Florida car accident. And, while the number of fatal accident decreased by 14 percent, the overall number of accidents dropped slightly in many areas. And the number of St. Lucie car accidents actually increased.
Florida traffic accidents by county:
Broward County traffic accidents: 25,957 in 2009 compared to 26,417 in 2008.
Miami-Dade County traffic accidents: 42,244 in 2009 compared to 43,376 in 2008.
Palm Beach County traffic accidents: 13,398 in 2009 compared to 13,831 in 2008.
St. Lucie County traffic accidents: 2,336 in 2009 compared to 2,288 in 2008.
An injury lawyer in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach or St. Lucie counties should be consulted when a motorist is involved in a car accident. An experienced accident attorney handles traffic crashes everyday and can assist motorists in determining their rights after a crash. Frequently, medical or legal complications may arise that a motorist would never consider when determining what to do in the wake of an accident. And injuries sustained in a collision may take months or even years to develop. Failure to protect yourself after a crash can impact your ability to collect damages if future medical consequences arise.
Freeman & Mallard is a personal injury and wrongful death law firm dedicated to helping motorists who have been injured in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce areas. Call today for a free consultation. 1-800-529-2368.