It’s a safe bet that sooner or later, you’re going to experience a close call while in a motor vehicle. Even if you’re a careful driver and you avoid risky behaviors like speeding, you can’t control the actions of other drivers. However, you can certainly minimize the risk by driving defensively. Furthermore, being mindful of your own driving habits will increase the likelihood of securing maximum compensation if another driver ever does cause a collision with you. In that event, consult a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to safeguard your legal rights.
National Statistics on Car Accidents
There is a good chance that you’ll be involved in some type of car accident at some point in your life. One survey found that 77% of drivers were in one or more accidents. Furthermore, the average person can expect to be in three to four car accidents during their lifetime. This statistic is based on the fact that the average driver files an insurance claim once during every 17.9 years.
Of course, car accidents is a broad category that can include everything from a fender bender with no injuries to a catastrophic crash that causes fatalities. The risk of being in a fatal accident is much lower—about three in 1,000. Do note that for certain drivers, the risk may be increased. Inexperienced or young drivers and those who engage in risky behaviors are more likely to crash.
Florida-Specific Car Accident Statistics
Florida has a population of more than 19.5 million people, with about 13.6 million licensed drivers. In Florida, the odds of dying in a car accident are about one in 8,123. Florida also has a high rate of pedestrian deaths. In 2013, it led the nation in pedestrian deaths with a total of 660.
At Goldman, Tiseo and Sturges, P.A., our AV-rated car accident lawyer provides client-focused attention and personalized legal guidance. We believe that you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Call our law office in Port Charlotte, FL, at (941) 625-6666 to request your free initial consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer.