When people look at the danger on the roads in America, they often view the stats for the entire country. For instance, they may point out that fatal car accidents have been becoming more common lately or that around 40,000 people are killed in accidents every year.
But where you live does make a big difference. It’s quite different to drive through rural Montana than downtown San Francisco or New York City. As such, it’s better to look at accident trends in your area – or at least in your home state. Where does Florida rank and how dangerous are the roads here?
What the 2021 stats tell us
Specific statistics change from year to year, but 2021 is the most current year for which they have been fully gathered. When you look at this data, you’ll find that Florida ranks 17th in terms of death rate. This rate compares the total number of deaths to the population in the state. So, when looking at the total number of deaths out of every 100,000 people, the rate is just 74.7.
That said, Florida does have a fairly large population. There were a total of 17,780 deaths from accidents that year. That was the second-highest total in the country. It trails only California, the biggest state in the country, which had 20,879 deaths. After Florida comes Texas, in third place, with 14,704 deaths. But the death rate in both of those states was barely over 50 per 100,000, while the rate in Florida is notably higher.
This means that you face significant risks on the road if you live in Florida. Even if you survive an accident that someone else causes, you could be seriously injured. Make sure you know how to seek proper compensation.