The stats are in for 2017. There were nearly 400,000 Florida traffic accidents last year, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. That’s more than 1,000 car accidents every day. That’s 44 car accidents every hour. That means that there’s a nearly a car accident a minute on Florida roads.
It’s no wonder that Orlando car accident attorneys are busy recovering losses for personal injury victims. Orange County ranks in the top three counties for Florida traffic accidents, after Miami and Broward Counties. There were nearly 31,000 car accidents in Orange County in 2017, killing 176 people and injuring nearly 14,000. (According to Time Magazine, the most dangerous intersection in Orlando is North Semoran Blvd. and Old Cheney Highway. The worst intersection in Kissimmee is Vista Del Lago Boulevard and Route 192.)
Florida Traffic Accidents by County
The Florida Integrated Report Exchange System reports that in 2017:
- In Polk County, 100 people were killed and 104 injured in more than 11,000 car accidents.
- Osceola County logged nearly 6,500 car accidents, with 3,243 injuries and 54 deaths.
- Seminole County reported 51 deaths and 4,158 injuries in more than 7,000 car accidents.
- There were more than 9,000 car crashes in Brevard County, with 83 deaths and nearly 6,500 injuries
Other Florida car accident statistics reveal that you are most likely to be involved in a car crash if you are between the ages of 25 and 34, driving between 4 and 5 O’clock on a Friday afternoon in March.
The Florida Department of Transportation is working hard to reduce car accident injuries and death. They work with law enforcement and safety engineers to develop safer roads and better driving habits. One thing everyone agrees on is the need to stop texting and driving. Distracted driving is responsible for the recent increase in car accidents in Florida and throughout the country.