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Florida Accident Lawsuits Overview

Florida Accident Lawsuits Overview

Florida Accident LawPolo tycoon John Goodman paid $46 million on April 18, 2012, to parents of a 23-year-old Florida man, who was killed in an accident caused by drunken driving by the magnet. The auto accident lawsuit settlement came a week after another 23-year-old man from Pinellas County succumbed to his injuries he had suffered from an auto accident 10 days ago. On February 6, Hazell Stoudemire, elder brother of the New York Knicks' star forward Amar'e Stoudemire, died when his SUV rammed into a tractor trailer in Lake Wales, FL. A year ago, wrestling star and actor Randy Savage lost his life when his car overturned and he lost control of the vehicle in an accident in Tampa.

Common Florida Auto Accident Counties and Causes

According to the data released by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the State of Florida has an average of 1.25 deaths per 100 million miles driven. In 2010, there were 235,461 reported Florida auto accidents, an average of 645 traffic crashes per day, and 195,104 persons sought medical assistance for their injuries. About 2,500 deaths occur every year because of these accidents. People belonging to the 4-35 age group have the most number of auto accident fatalities in the state. The numbers also suggest involvement of one in five licensed drivers in the auto accidents taking place in Florida.

In 2010, Miami-Dade County accounted for 43,260 accidents, the highest in Florida. Broward County with 26,233 and Hillsborough County with 17,480 were listed second and third in the number of auto accidents. In Duval, Orange, Palm Beach, and Pinellas Counties, annual accident figures go beyond 13,000 traffic crashes. Among the cities, Miami recorded the highest number of accidents followed by Jacksonville and Tampa.

Human errors, such as failure to obey signals, cell phone use, overspeeding, and no seat belt, cause more than 60% of total Florida auto accidents. In almost 90% auto accident lawsuits, human error had been cited as the main reason for the accident. DUI incidents account for about 30% of total auto accidents in the state. According to 2010 statistics, 17,748 Florida auto accidents were alcohol related. More than 12,000 of these resulted in 800 deaths and human injuries. As many as 1,236 drug-related accidents took place in 2010, causing 106 fatalities and 957 injuries.

In 2010, about 777 people killed in Florida auto accidents were driving without seatbelts. Pedestrian behavior contributes to less than 5% of total Florida accidents, but the group has one of the highest fatality rate of about 16%. Manufacturing and maintenance defects, road and weather conditions, no release of air bags, driver health and fatigue, and traffic situation also contribute to a number of accidents across the state.

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