Any Traffic Fatality or Injury Is One Too ManyJanuary 21, 2019 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share
According to an article in the Fort Myers News-Press on January 6, 2019, Lee County showed a very slight decrease in injuries and fatalities on its roads in 2018. This was taken from preliminary data shown on the Florida Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES).
Even though the statistics seem to be down, there were still 4,816 crashes with injuries and 90 crashes with fatalities in Lee County in 2018. FIRES shows Collier County had 2,152 crashes with injuries in 2018, which is up from 1,973 in 2017. When reviewing fatality figures, the data remains constant with both 2018 and 2017 having 22 crashes with fatalities.
These accidents usually could have been avoided.
Jay Anderson, Executive Director of Stay Alive Just Drive in Lee County, told the News-Press, “The best place to start is by obeying the traffic laws. Every time you get in the driver’s seat you need to ask yourself two questions: Number one - Is it necessary? Number two - Is it worth the risk?”
When reviewing the data, the peak crash hours were 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. when many people were commuting. Most of the accidents happened on Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Thirty percent of the crashes involved people who were between the ages of 20 and 34, with 12 percent of crashes involving drivers ages 64 and older.
Drivers are reminded by Lieutenant Gregory Bueno, the Florida Highway Patrol public affairs spokesperson, to “slow down, have patience, drive defensively, be alert, and buckle up.”
When reviewing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for the most recent posted data, which is from 2016, 67.6 percent of fatalities in Florida were from front-end collisions. The most common causes of vehicle accidents are drunk driving, speeding, distractions and bad weather.
“Any traffic fatality or injury is one too many,” said Randall Spivey, Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney. “We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. see the results of these accidents every day. Families, friends and acquaintances are all affected in some way. Should you or a loved one need legal assistance following an accident, please contact our firm. We are available to assist you every day, every hour, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you.”
Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney, Cape Coral Accident Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.