Car accidents are pretty common in West Palm Beach, with over 500 collisions in a week on average. West Palm Beach also has a less-than-ideally high fatal accident rate, especially for accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists. However, West Palm Beach does have a lower fatal accident rate than many rural counties or the state as a whole.
Most importantly, the West Palm Beach/Palm Beach County area has a high volume of car accidents in any given period. According to statistics from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Department, Palm Beach County has an average of 26,666 collisions per year, the equivalent of over 500 collisions a week and 73 collisions per day.
If you have suffered injuries caused by any type of incident or accident, the Florida personal injury lawyers at Searcy Denney can help. We understand the everyday dangers in our densely populated area and are experienced at helping people with their personal injury claims.
Accidents Involving Pedestrians and Bicycles
Unfortunately, Florida is infamous for its exceptionally high rate of fatalities involving pedestrians. High poverty rates and the lack of road designs favorable to pedestrians combine to make Florida the most dangerous state in the U.S. for pedestrians.
The Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach metro area sees an average of over 2.5 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts Report shows that although Florida accounts for only six percent of the U.S. population, it is home to 11 percent of the country’s pedestrian fatalities and 17 percent of bicycle fatalities.
Additionally, despite the substantial number of tourists and vacationers who visit Florida throughout the year, almost 90 percent of pedestrian and bicycle accident victims were residents. Pedestrians and bicyclists are much more likely to be seriously injured or killed because they lack the protective metal cocoon that keeps people safe in typical passenger vehicles.
West Palm Beach also has more than its share of hit-and-run accidents, with statistics showing that Palm Beach County’s overall hit-and-run accidents rank fifth in Florida, totaling nearly six thousand per year. Although the majority of hit-and-run accidents involve only property damage, more than a few lead to serious bodily injuries, and several led to fatalities.
Contact Our Florida Personal Injury Lawyers for More Information
Incidents, accidents, and resulting injuries are all too common in the West Palm Beach area. While we can’t prevent them, we can help you if you’ve been unfortunate enough to have been involved in one.
Simply contact the Florida personal injury lawyers at Searcy Denney for help. We have the experience and knowledge of the law, and we’ll fight to make sure you receive the maximum amount of financial compensation to which you’re entitled. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis.