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Looking over Florida's 2016 accident data

Florida's Integrated Report Exchange System (or FIRES) has some motor vehicle accident data on the 2016 year. According to FIRES, there were 395,607 total motor vehicle accidents in the state of Florida in 2016. In these accidents, more than 250,000 injuries were suffered by the victims. There were also 3,183 deaths in motor vehicle accidents in the state of Florida in 2016.

Bike deaths and pedestrian deaths -- something we talked about a few weeks ago -- basically stayed the same in Florida from 2015 to 2016. 650 pedestrians died and 140 bicyclists died (which was a slight increase and slight decrease, respectively). What is also notable is that there were 41,230 commercial vehicle accidents in 2016.

There isn't a whole lot to learn from this data on its own. But when you consider that the number of motor vehicle accidents in 2016 was quite a bit higher than in 2015, it shows that something is going on that is decreasing the overall safety out on the road. Could that be increased cellphone use? Could it be a mere statistical anomaly? Does something more need to be done by lawmakers and law enforcement to bring the accident numbers down?

Whatever the case, there is only one thing that accident victims can do in the meantime: consider the legal standing and consult with a personal injury attorney. With so much at stake in the wake of a car accident, you will need counsel to help you protect yourself and uphold your rights.

Source: FIRES, "2016 Quick Stats," Accessed Aug. 10, 2017

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