Fatal Car Accidents in South Florida Land the State on a Third of the Most Dangerous Driving List
Gregg Hollander | August 23, 2011 | Personal Injury
South Florida has been ranked the most dangerous area to drive in the United States. According to CNBC, a recent study looked at the number of fatal car accidents in Fort Lauderdale and other large cities in the area. The study examined cities across the country that had a population of more than 150,000 — totaling fatal car accidents to determine which were the most dangerous. The study took the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to draw conclusions.
Our West Palm Beach car accident attorneys were not surprised to learn a third of the cities are in Florida. Reasons South Florids is so dangerous include the presence of senior citizens, spring breakers, tourists and foreign visitors on our roadways.
The 15 most dangerous cities to drive in the United States:
-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: 74 traffic fatalities and a population of nearly 552,000.
-Birmingham, Alabama: 31 traffic fatalities and a population of nearly 229,000.
-Tulsa, Oklahoma: 54 traffic deaths and a population of nearly 386,000.
-St. Petersburg, Florida: 35 traffic deaths and a population of more than 245,000.
-Jacksonville, Florida: 116 traffic fatalities and a populations of nearly 808,000.
-Lubbock, Texas: 33 traffic deaths and a total population of about 220,500.
-Memphis, Tennessee: 101 traffic deaths and a population of nearly 700,000.
-Jackson, Mississippi: 27 traffic deaths and a population of about 174,000.
-Chattanooga, Tennessee: 28 traffic fatalities and a population of about 180,000.
-Salt Lake City, Utah: 30 traffic deaths and a population of more than 181,600.
-San Bernardino, California: 38 traffic fatalities and a population of more than 198,500.
-Little Rock, Arkansas: 34 traffic fatalities and a population of about 189,500.
-Augusta-Richmond Co., Georgia: 38 deaths and a population of more than 194,000.
-Orlando, Florida: 46 traffic accident fatalities and a population of more than 230,000.
-Fort Lauderdale, Florida: 41 traffic deaths and a population of more than 183,000.
According to 2007 statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were nearly 367,000 drivers that were involved in traffic accidents in the state of Florida. Our state had a death rate of 1.57 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Throughout that year, we lost more than 3,000 people in about 2,950 fatal motor-vehicle accidents. More than 212,000 people were injured in a traffic accident that year. There were more than 8,000 pedestrian accidents, nearly 5,000 bicycle accidents and more than 9,500 motorcycle accident during that year as well. There were an estimated 700 car accidents each day on our Florida roadways in 2007.
With a little bit of help from everyone we can make traveling on our Florida roadways a little bit safer.