Florida saw a total of 341,399 crashes in 2020, which is around 933 crashes every day of the leap year. These car accidents have resulted in over 200,000 injuries and at least 3,000 fatalities. Meanwhile, nearly 200,000 crashes resulted in property damage cases. Besides injuries and property damage they cause, car accidents involve driver ages, number of passengers, and specific locations.
This blog highlights the specific factors involved in car accidents in Southwest Florida. Statistics featured in every section are from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2020. We also discuss the importance of calling a lawyer when you are involved in a car accident.
Car Accidents in Charlotte County:
Throughout 2020, Charlotte County saw a total of 2,185 car accidents. Among these crashes, 1,369 people were injured while 26 people died. Meanwhile, 1,244 of the car accidents involved property damage.
Car Accidents in Collier County
Cities in Collier County, FL include Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City. In 2020, there was a total of 4,655 crashes throughout this county, resulting in 42 fatalities and 2,568 injuries. At the same time, 2,771 cases involved property damage. Note that these statistics may overlap in a single car accident.
Drivers aged between 21 and 24 were involved in 610 car crashes, 2 fatalities, and 159 injuries. This age group posted the most crashes, fatalities, and injuries of that year. Meanwhile, teenage drivers between 15 and 17 were involved in 259 crashes while those between 18 and 20 were in 515 crashes. Combined, these age groups had 156 injuries and no fatalities.
Considering that Florida is a no-fault state, this does not imply that drivers between the ages of 18-24 cause more accidents. However, the data does clearly show that they are involved in more accidents than 15-17 year olds in Collier County.
Car Accidents in Lee County
Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel, and Bonita Springs are the cities in Lee County, FL. In 2020, this county experienced a total of 11,644 car crashes, resulting in 7,028 injuries and 107 fatalities. Among these crashes, 6,914 were involved in property damage.
In terms of age groups, drivers involved in the greatest number of crashes were aged between 21 and 24. This group posted 1,659 crashes, which resulted in 420 injuries and five fatalities. Drivers aged between 18 and 20 were involved in 1,541 crashes, resulting in 405 injuries and five fatalities. Meanwhile, teenage drivers between 15 and 17 were involved in 595 crashes, causing 127 injuries and no fatalities.
What Do I Do When I Get Into a Car Accident?
Calling an attorney who specializes in Florida traffic law must be among your priorities during a car accident. While Florida is a no-fault state, personal injury protection coverage has a limit, which may exceed your medical bills in the event of a crash. If your injuries are severe enough, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver who hit you. Get in touch with our lawyers to discuss your case today!