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When the Numbers Do Not Add Up to Safer Florida Roadways

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Most Floridians know that the state has made strides lately in its efforts to reduce traffic fatalities and crashes on its busiest highways. Heavy interstate trucking, unpredictable weather, and the state’s popular tourism destinations make it a hotbed for traffic collisions, and the state’s responsive efforts are noteworthy – though in far too many instances, they have fallen short of actually saving lives.

If you or your loved one has been injured or involved in a traffic collision on Florida’s roadways, you likely know all too well just how dangerous – and costly – a Florida car crash can be. Regardless of the amount of damages you have suffered, one of our experienced traffic attorneys in Clermont can help you pursue the compensation you deserve and need to pay medical expenses and make up for lost wages.

Florida Highway Safety Initiatives

Florida has made a big push for increased highway safety measures in recent years, identifying areas of specific concern, funding local and statewide safety programs, and focusing its plan to reduce traffic fatalities on targeted areas of emphasis, including, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles:

  • Aggressive driving and road rage incidents;
  • Intersection collisions;
  • So-called vulnerable road users: bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists;
  • Crashes involving lane-departure;
  • Impaired driving;
  • At-risk drivers, including teenage drivers and senior citizens,;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Safer commercial driving;
  • Construction and work zone safety; and
  • Speed control.

Crashes, Injuries and Fatalities in Florida on the Rise Despite State Efforts

Unfortunately, despite these heightened efforts, traffic crashes in Florida actually increased nearly nine percent between 2013 and 2014, from 316,943 collisions to 344,170, respectively.

Crashes resulting in injuries rose about seven percent, and fatalities climbed about four percent. Alcohol and drug- related crashes saw small decreases, but most other categories of collisions – including those involving pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and teen drivers – increased.

No matter what factors led to your traffic crash, though, you will need the assistance of an experienced Clermont traffic accident lawyer.

Florida Large Truck and Tractor-Trailer Accidents and Fatalities

Trucking-related crashes in Florida are some of the most dangerous and deadly. In fact, of the 3,428 total fatal crashes Florida had on its roadways in 2012, 194 of those fatal accidents involved large trucks or tractor-trailers, representing 5.7 percent of all Florida’s highway fatalities that year, and 5.1 percent of the total 45,637. U.S. traffic deaths.

Consult an Experienced Traffic Law Attorney in Clermont

The Scoma Law Firm in Clermont will fight passionately to help you and your family recoup the losses you have suffered in one of Florida’s all-too-common traffic crashes.

Our compassionate car accident and large truck accident attorneys understand that moving forward with your life following a devastating traffic accident can be quite difficult, especially when you are dealing with the stress of mounting medical bills, missed work, and lengthy rehabilitation caused in large part by another driver’s negligent or reckless behavior.

Resources:

www.flhsmv.gov/hsmvdocs/CS2010.pdf

firesportal.com/Pages/Public/DHSMVPublishedDocuments/Current_Year/Crash_Facts_2014_as_of_07-30-2015.pdf

crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/811868

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