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Early 2018 Estimates Show Slight Decrease in Fatal Vehicle Accidents

Attorney David I. Fuchs


Attorney David I. Fuchs


Aug. 1, 2019


Car Accidents

The technology and safety features found in new cars do a tremendous job of keeping us safe. Unfortunately, car accidents still happen, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. Crashes can put an enormous strain on your financial health and create a significant burden for your family. The insurance companies will try to pay as little as possible, so you need someone on your side to fight for you and your family’s rights.

Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney David Fuchs helps those who have been killed or injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence. He can help you get the treatment you need to make a full recovery, or help your family pursue a claim for the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation of your case, contact David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. at (954) 568-3636 today.

Breaking Down the Decrease

Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) preliminary study, it appears that 36,750 people died in fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2018. This reflects a slight decrease of approximately 1% from the 37,133 fatalities that occurred in 2017. The percentage reflects accidents involving drivers, passengers, and motorcyclists.

Some Increases in Fatal Vehicle Accidents

Unfortunately, there have not been decreases in every category. The NHTSA is projecting the following increases:

  • 3% more fatalities involving at least one truck
  • 4% more deaths involving pedestrians
  • 10% fatalities involving cyclists

For the people of southern Florida, the increases involving pedestrians and cyclists are certainly worrisome, given how many of us enjoy walking, running, and biking to and from various locations. Older drivers also saw a slight increase in fatal vehicle accidents, although the NHTSA study does not report a specific number.

It’s also worth noting the increase in fatalities involving large trucks. According to the NHTSA, this would be the second year in a row to see an increase in fatal vehicle accidents in that category.

Fatal Vehicle Accidents By Region

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio (designated by the NHTSA as Region 5) saw the largest decrease of fatal vehicle accidents: 5%. Region 4 (California and Arizona) saw a decrease of 4%. Given the nationwide decrease of approximately 1%, these percentages are remarkable.

Unfortunately, the NHTSA report contains some additional bad news. Region 4 saw an increase in fatal vehicle accidents of 3% for the states of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. Three other regions saw increases: Region 1 (Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island), Region 6 (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi), and Region 10 (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana).

Florida Fatal Vehicle Accidents for 2018

Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that there were 2,935 fatal vehicle accidents in 2018, resulting in 3,150 total fatalities. This is a very slight increase over 2017, which saw 2,924 fatal vehicle accidents, and 3,116 total fatalities. As a result, it would appear that Florida is contributing to the 3% increase seen in Region 4, although the increase is very small. Still, Florida is not seeing a decrease in fatal vehicle accidents similar to the nationwide trend.

Contact David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. Today

While statistics may be in decline across the nation, the truth is that fatal vehicle accidents remain an issue in Florida. If you or your family is suffering as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact attorney David Fuchs right away. He will discuss your options, and will fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free evaluation of your case, call (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out through the online form.