Alarming Trends in 2017 Florida Auto Accident Statistics
2017 was a wild ride, and in more ways than one. Almost 400,000 car accidents took place between January and December, and roughly 64% of these crashes resulted in personal injury. These alarming statistics certainly made 2017 a year to take note of. But who's to blame?
Drivers in FloridaHome to over 20 million residents, Florida has experienced a steady rate of population growth over the past few years. Unfortunately for drivers, that means that the road has become increasingly more congested.
According to a survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau, 45.2% of households in Florida own two vehicles, 24.2% own one vehicle, and 19% own three. In fact, it was more common for a household to own four different cars than to own no car at all.
This could be in part to the commute time of Florida residents, who spend an average of 25.5 minutes traveling to work. This time is longer than that of the average US worker, which one could assume leads to the trend of a majority of the Floridian workforce opting to use own their vehicle to travel.
Additionally, according to the U.S. Census, over 470,000 Floridian workers claim to have "super commutes," which take them longer than 90 minutes of travel time.
With 79.7% of workers deciding to drive alone to work and only 8.95% choosing to carpool, thousands of vehicles flood Floridian roadways most mornings and evenings. As there are more than 14.2 million cars registered in the state, it's no surprise that so many of them were reported in crashes throughout the year. However, it does seem specific factors played a role in the accidents that dominated 2017.
Age in Relation to Auto AccidentsIt's a common theory that teen drivers shouldn't be trusted. However, when analyzing the known ages of who was behind the wheel during 2017 auto accidents, teens don't pull in first.
A majority of drivers in car crashes in 2017 were aged 20-24, representing 12.08% of the category. Following up, drivers aged 25-29, contributed to 11.63% of the pool.
Common Times of Day for 2017 Auto AccidentsFascinatingly enough, when reviewing the time of accidents during 2017, a pattern appears. The very early hours of the morning are relatively low in volume of car accidents, bottoming out at 4 a.m. with 4,217 accidents reported for the year.
However, as the mornings progress, more accidents begin to arise. At 8 a.m., when morning rush hour is at its peak, over 20,000 car accidents are registered. Fast forward through the afternoon into the evening... and at 4 and 5 p.m. car accidents reach more than 29,000 crashes.
What Can We Learn?There were 389,691 car accidents reported in 2017. When returning to the question of who is to blame, there are many factors to consider. For one, it is alarming that a majority of accidents occurred during rush hour.
The average ages of those responsible for auto accidents in 2017 were between 20 and 30-years-old. This age corresponds to a large percentage of the workforce. When analyzing this fact, as well as the average time of accidents, it appears that individuals hurriedly or distractedly driving from work or home may be to blame for the plethora of accidents in 2017.
However, this is not to definitively say that the workforce is to blame. In fact, individuals aged 65-years and up were also responsible for 10.13% of auto accidents in 2017.
With 20 million residents needing to travel from one location to another, be mindful of one another in this upcoming year.