Personal Injury Related Car Accident in Miami Increase
Recent statistics on traffic accidents in Miami area are quite surprising. As a Miami car accident attorney, it was my hypothesis that current technology in newer vehicles would result in far fewer collisions. However, this premise seems to be erroneous. Reports from the Florida Department of Highway safety and Motor vehicles relay this increase from 2014 to 2015.
It should be noted that fatalities have increased, as well. Fatalities increased dramatically 17% from 2014 to 2015. There are about 1025 crashes throughout Florida any given according to these statistics. These daily occurrences have increased about 9%. One attributable element may be an increase in registered vehicles from 2014 to 2015. Another factor that may have contributed to the increase could be that drivers are simply driving more. Therefore, although safety mechanisms may have increased. But these safety features may be negated by an increase in exposure by drivers to the road. The more miles of the road, then the higher the risk. If you analyze this trend from 2011 to 2015, then it would appear the increase in miles traveled per driver is what caused the spike from 2014 to 2015. From 2011 to 2014 the numbers of injuries and fatalities seem static.
However, the miles per driver premise fails when one compares 2013 to 2014. During that time period, the numbers average miles per driver increased significantly but did not add substantially to the number of accidents or fatalities. These, of course, are statewide numbers. It is plausible and the statistics seem to point to an increase in accidents in urban areas. Numbers in suburban areas seem to be somewhat static. However, this premise fails as well. It would appear that if you add up all fatalities in what are considered all other counties (besides the top ten in Florida) it would suggest that there is a marked increase, as well. In fact, about 30% of fatalities.
Certainly, there is an explanation for this increase. Perhaps, more data will shed light in the spike in both accidents and fatalities from 2014 to 2015. Hopefully, more advanced mechanisms in the vehicle will also add to the data stream and a more comprehensive understanding of the causes of fatalities and accidents. It is plausible, that the increase in accidents in Florida and in the Miami area is the result of an increase in distractions. Maybe distractions and lack of attention is the negating factor to an increase in safety mechanisms.
Regardless of causes for increased car accidents throughout Florida and Fort Lauderdale, it may be wise to take stock of what one should do about this matter. Primarily, one should always drive with the upmost care. It seems cliché, but it may make a tremendous difference. Of course, one should make sure to have the right insurance and coverage. In fact, we have written multiple blogs on these matters.