According to recent statistics, Florida does not fare well when it comes to protecting people’s lives on the roads. Overall, Florida ranks right in the middle of the states when it comes to premature deaths, which is defined as dying before the age of 75.
However, when it comes to fatal motor vehicle accidents, Florida experienced over 15 deaths on the road for every 100,000 residents. While the good news is that an average Floridian is most likely not going to die in a car accident, comparatively, Florida ranks 13th in the country when it comes to fatal accidents.
There are a lot of reasons why Florida might have a higher number of fatal accidents. Congestion may be higher in this state, and more cars on the road means more accidents. However, it is also true that fatal accidents are often caused by careless driving, say by speeding, not paying attention or driving while too tired to safely operate a vehicle. In some cases, drivers get behind the wheel after drinking too much or doing drugs. Under any of these circumstances, the chance of an accident increases, putting innocent people at risk of significant injury or even death.
Deadly accidents remain a serious problem that Floridians should continue to work hard to address. One way the families of victims can address the issue is by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for the accident. In addition to receiving justice, a wrongful death suit can help the victim’s family cover things like medical bills, funeral expenses and lost income due to the untimely death of a loved one.