June 16, 2010 – Florida – A week after The Daily Beast declared 2 major highways in Florida as “the nation’s most deadly” roads, Florida safety officials have released statistics that show a decline in fatal traffic accidents in the state.
The Sun Sentinel reports that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Transportation said the number of traffic fatalities reached an “all-time low” in 2009.
The statistics show that 2,563 people died in Florida auto accidents in 2009. That is down from 2,983 Florida traffic deaths in 2008.
Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol have cited the recently passed seat belt law in Florida as one of the key factors in the decline of traffic deaths in the state. Other factors mentioned by safety officials include:
- Increased traffic patrols and “stings”;
- Improved guardrails on Florida’s Turnpike;
- More severe punishment for traffic violations; and
- Highway improvements.
Regardless of this decline, the number of people lost to fatal Florida auto accidents remains astonishingly high. While there is good reason to applaud the efforts of Florida safety officials, there remains a need to increase the safety of every driver and passenger on Florida’s roadways.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a serious Florida car accident, an injury lawyer at Lilly, O’Toole & Brown can help you determine who is liable for your loss and fight for the compensation that you and your family need and deserve to move on with your lives. Contact our firm today to schedule your consultation: 863-533-5525.