Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Statistics
Fort Lauderdale is one of South Florida’s largest cities. While it’s home to just 165,000 residents, over 12 million people visit Fort Lauderdale every year. It welcomes tens of thousands of snowbirds during the summer. This high amount of traffic congestion and the high number of tourists unfamiliar with local roadways leads to a significant number of traffic accidents in Fort Lauderdale every year.
If you have been hurt in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the Hollander Law Firm, P.A. can help. Contact our law office for a free case review with a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer to discuss how we can help you seek fair compensation.
How the Hollander Law Firm, P.A. Can Help After a Car Accident in Fort Lauderdale
When you are seriously hurt in a car crash, you may be left struggling to return to work due to painful injuries, mounting bills, and uncertainty. Don’t count on a profit-driven insurance company to give you a fair settlement you deserve.
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The Hollander Law Firm, P.A. has represented traffic accident victims in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1996. We have recovered tens of millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We bring the resources of a large law firm to your case with the personal approach and attention of a small firm.
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Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Statistics
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, there were over 34,000 traffic crashes in Broward County in 2020 alone. This is down from 41,000 accidents in 2019 when over 5,400 accidents occurred in Fort Lauderdale.
Fort Lauderdale had the second-highest number of accidents in all of Florida after Miami.
Between January and August of 2018, there were over 226,000 crashes in Florida. Around 10% of these accidents happened in Broward County alone.
Accidents in Fort Lauderdale tend to be more deadly than crashes in other Florida cities. There were 217 fatal crashes in Broward County in 2020 that resulted in 231 deaths. Of the 34,000 crashes, 13,000 resulted in injuries.
Fatal Car Accidents in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Broward County had 231 fatalities in 2020 from 217 crashes.
These fatalities included the following:
- 2 bicycle accident fatalities from 601 bicycle crashes
- 47 motorcyclist fatalities from 601 motorcycle crashes
- 54 pedestrian fatalities from 863 pedestrian crashes
- 18 hit and run fatalities from 10,509 hit and run crashes
In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that Fort Lauderdale was one of the most dangerous cities to drive based on fatality rates. Fort Lauderdale had over 22 fatalities per 100,000 people. Orlando was second with a fatality rate of 20 deaths per 100k people.
This fatality rate has gone down somewhat in recent years. Broward County recently ranked second in Florida with 14 deadly road segments. It ranked third for fatalities per mile (3.47).
The deadliest stretch of road in Broward County is a 2-mile stretch of Sheridan Street. It had 4.39 fatalities per mile. This road, also called Florida State Road 822, borders Hollywood and Dania Beach. However, Fort Lauderdale’s 9-mile-long State Road 7 or US-441 has the most fatalities. There were 29 fatal crashes that caused 30 deaths between 2013 and 2015.
Fort Lauderdale Hit and Run Statistics
Hit and run accidents account for a large share of crashes in Broward County. Nearly 1 in 3 traffic accidents in the county were hit and run crashes: 10,509 hit and runs out of 34,000 accidents.
Hit and run accidents in Broward County caused 2,076 injuries and 18 deaths.
Drugged and Drunk Driving Statistics in Fort Lauderdale
Somewhat surprisingly, Fort Lauderdale and Miami have some of the lowest DUI fatality rates in Florida. In 2017, Florida had 515 DUI-related traffic deaths. Sarasota had the highest number of DUI deaths per capita at 12.2 per 100k people – twice the rate of the second city on the list.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics in Fort Lauderdale
Smart Growth America, a pedestrian safety group, ranked Florida as the most dangerous state for pedestrians.
The Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach-Miami metro area was ranked as the 13th most dangerous metro area for pedestrians for the last decade.
There were 863 pedestrian accidents in Broward County in 2020 that caused 54 fatalities.
Between 2010 and 2019, South Florida had 1,675 pedestrian fatalities or 2.8 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people. The state had 5,893 pedestrian fatalities during the same period.
The Pedestrian Death Index for South Florida was 171.9, according to the report. Orlando, the most dangerous metro area, had a Pedestrian Death Index of 295.
The report found that pedestrians in lower-income areas, people of color, and older people had the highest risk of a fatal accident.
Fort Lauderdale Bicycle Accident Statistics
A survey of 2,800 cyclists in Florida found that three cities in Broward County have the worst relationships between bicyclists and drivers. On a scale of 1 to 10, cyclists ranked Fort Lauderdale at 4.1, below the state average of 4.8.
A 2018 report found Florida is the most dangerous state for bicyclists with the highest per-capita death rate. According to the NHTSA, Florida has a per-capita bicyclist death rate 60% higher than the next closest state. There were 6.2 cyclist deaths per 100k people compared to 3.9 deaths in Louisiana between 2007 and 2016.
Florida, Texas, and California alone account for 40% of bicyclist deaths in the United States but just 27% of the U.S. population.
The combination of large numbers of tourists, densely populated urban areas, and a high rate of elderly drivers likely all contribute to the rate of cyclist deaths in South Florida.
There were 601 bicycle accidents in Broward County in 2020. These accidents caused two fatalities.
The Florida Department of Transportation has made attempts to curb what has been called an epidemic of pedestrian and cyclist accidents. The standard width for bike lanes has been increased, and protected bike lanes are now recommended. In 2016, a $100 million effort was launched to improve lighting in 2,500 locations in the state with a high rate of bicyclist and pedestrian deaths.
Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Statistics
In 2020, Broward County had 601 motorcycle accidents. Forty-seven motorcyclists were killed in these crashes. Florida is frequently ranked as the most dangerous state for motorcyclists. Between 2014 and 2015 alone, there was a 30% increase in motorcyclist fatalities.
Despite the high number of motorcycle accidents in Broward County, it is not the top county for motorcycle deaths in Florida. In 2015, Miami-Dade had the most motorcycle deaths (67), followed by Orange County and Lee County (26 each).
In 2017, there were 586,000 motorcycles registered in Florida with 590 motorcycle fatalities. That’s a fatality rate of 10.06 per 10,000 registered bikes. Only three states had higher fatality rates: Mississippi (28,000 motorcycles and 40 deaths), Texas (365,000 bikes and 490 deaths), and South Carolina (118,000 bikes and 145 deaths).
Contact a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Have you been involved in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale? Whether you were a driver, pedestrian, or motorcyclist, you may be entitled to compensation if the other party caused your accident. The Hollander Law Firm, P.A. will help you fight for the full compensation you deserve to move forward with your life.
Contact our law office today for a free case review with an experienced Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer to discuss how we can help you.