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Florida Car Crash Statistics

06/21/2024
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If you or a member of your family has been involved in a car crash in Florida, you are not alone. In fact, each year, hundreds of thousands of Florida residents and visitors are involved in vehicle collisions. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), around 40 percent of these accidents result in injuries, and between one and two percent result in fatalities.

The FLHSMV’s Florida Crash Dashboard provides several years’ worth of car crash statistics, and it publishes updated data throughout the year. These statistics are notable for several reasons, some of which we highlight below.

2024 Florida Car Accident Data (as of June 2024)

Here are the FLHSMV’s Florida car crash statistics for 2024 (as of June 1, 2024):

  • Total Car Accidents: 161,654
  • Total Injury-Involved Car Accidents: 68,670
  • Total Injuries: 105,139
  • Total Fatal Car Accidents: 1,218
  • Total Fatalities: 1,285
  • Total Motorcycle Crashes: 4,239
  • Total Motorcycle Fatalities: 256
  • Total Pedestrian Crashes: 4,544
  • Total Pedestrian Fatalities: 282
  • Total Bicycle Crashes: 3,947
  • Total Bicycle Fatalities: 80
  • Total Hit-and-Run Car Accidents: 41,685
  • Total Hit-and-Run Injuries: 8,572
  • Total Hit-and-Run Fatalities: 114

2023 Florida Car Accident Data

Here are the FLHSMV’s Florida car crash statistics for 2023:

  • Total Car Accidents: 394,836
  • Total Injury-Involved Car Accidents: 164,377
  • Total Injuries: 252,225
  • Total Fatal Car Accidents: 3,197
  • Total Fatalities: 3,419
  • Total Motorcycle Crashes: 9,537
  • Total Motorcycle Fatalities: 610
  • Total Pedestrian Crashes: 10,292
  • Total Pedestrian Fatalities: 783
  • Total Bicycle Crashes: 8,413
  • Total Bicycle Fatalities: 228
  • Total Hit-and-Run Car Accidents: 104,987
  • Total Hit-and-Run Injuries: 22,644
  • Total Hit-and-Run Fatalities: 277

2022 Florida Car Accident Data

Here are the FLHSMV’s Florida car crash statistics for 2022:

  • Total Car Accidents: 397,620
  • Total Injury-Involved Car Accidents: 163,122
  • Total Injuries: 252,169
  • Total Fatal Car Accidents: 3,320
  • Total Fatalities: 3,553
  • Total Motorcycle Crashes: 9,270
  • Total Motorcycle Fatalities: 631
  • Total Pedestrian Crashes: 10,247
  • Total Pedestrian Fatalities: 786
  • Total Bicycle Crashes: 7,301
  • Total Bicycle Fatalities: 220
  • Total Hit-and-Run Car Accidents: 107,844
  • Total Hit-and-Run Injuries: 23,442
  • Total Hit-and-Run Fatalities: 284

2021 Florida Car Accident Data

Here are the FLHSMV’s Florida car crash statistics for 2021:

  • Total Car Accidents: 401,540
  • Total Injury-Involved Car Accidents: 163,956
  • Total Injuries: 252,971
  • Total Fatal Car Accidents: 3,454
  • Total Fatalities: 3,741
  • Total Motorcycle Crashes: 8,649
  • Total Motorcycle Fatalities: 621
  • Total Pedestrian Crashes: 9,569
  • Total Pedestrian Fatalities: 835
  • Total Bicycle Crashes: 6,404
  • Total Bicycle Fatalities: 197
  • Total Hit-and-Run Car Accidents: 109,646
  • Total Hit-and-Run Injuries: 24,379
  • Total Hit-and-Run Fatalities: 306

2020 Florida Car Accident Data

Here are the FLHSMV’s Florida car crash statistics for 2020:

  • Total Car Accidents: 341,399
  • Total Injury-Involved Car Accidents: 140,167
  • Total Injuries: 212,432
  • Total Fatal Car Accidents: 3,098
  • Total Fatalities: 3,332
  • Total Motorcycle Crashes: 8,045
  • Total Motorcycle Fatalities: 552
  • Total Pedestrian Crashes: 8,117
  • Total Pedestrian Fatalities: 715
  • Total Bicycle Crashes: 5,952
  • Total Bicycle Fatalities: 169
  • Total Hit-and-Run Car Accidents: 92,247
  • Total Hit-and-Run Injuries: 20,994
  • Total Hit-and-Run Fatalities: 256

5 Key Takeaways from the FLHSMV’s Florida Car Crash Statistics

As a Florida resident (or visitor), what do these car crash statistics mean for you? Here are our five key takeaways:

1. Florida Has a Similar Number of Car Accidents Each Year

With the exception of 2020 (which was the first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic), the total number of car accidents in Florida has remained relatively steady over the past five years. With the exception of 2020, the highest total (401,540 crashes in 2021) is only slightly higher than the lowest total (394,836 in 2023) during this five-year period. Currently, we are on pace to see a similar number of car crashes in Florida in 2024.

2. Close to Half of All Car Crashes in Florida Result in Injuries or Fatalities

On average, approximately 41 to 42 percent of all car crashes in Florida result in injuries or fatalities. This means that hundreds of thousands of people suffer injuries and thousands of people lose their lives in car crashes each year. Sadly, many of these crashes are completely avoidable. According to car crash statistics published on Forbes.com, the leading causes of car accidents nationwide are: drunk driving, distracted driving and speeding.

3. Hit-and-Run Accidents Are Extremely Common in Florida

The FLHSMV’s data show that, on average, more than one in four car crashes in Florida involves a hit-and-run. According to the AAA Foundation, this puts Florida in the top three states with the most hit-and-run accidents nationwide.

Even though it is illegal to leave the scene of a car crash in Florida, it is clear that many people do so—often because they do not have liability insurance (because it is not required under Florida law) and they don’t want to be held accountable for their mistakes. However, it is possible to identify hit-and-run drivers in many cases; and, if you need help after a hit-and-run accident, we strongly encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers right away.

4. Motorcycle and Pedestrian Accidents Have High Fatality Rates

Among all types of car accidents in Florida, those involving motorcycles and pedestrians have the highest fatality rates. While this is unfortunate, it is not surprising. When motorcycle and pedestrian accidents don’t result in fatalities, they often result in serious injuries—and, here too, victims and their families can (and should) hire a lawyer to help them seek just compensation.

5. Some Florida Counties Have Many More Car Crashes Than Others

The FLHSMV’s Florida Crash Dashboard also provides statistics at the county level. As you might expect, some Florida counties have many more car crashes than others. For example, over the past five years, the following counties have consistently had the highest numbers of total, injury-involved, and fatal accidents:

  • Miami-Dade County
  • Broward County
  • Hillsborough County
  • Orange County
  • Palm Beach County
  • Duval County
  • Lee County
  • Brevard County

Speak with a Florida Car Crash Lawyer at Searcy Denney for Free

If you need help after a serious or fatal car accident in Florida, it is important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. We represent car accident victims and families statewide, and we provide legal representation at no out-of-pocket cost to our clients. To learn more in a free, no-obligation consultation, give us a call at 800-780-8607 or tell us how we can reach you online today.

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