Florida Car Accident Statistics

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles keeps data on car crashes. These Florida car accident statistics are used to help assess what can be done to improve driver safety. The department also uses this information to help lawmakers and anyone else interested in roadway safety. The statistics analyze trends over the years.

2016 Florida car accident statistics

Some of the general data for 2016 include the following facts:

  • The number of vehicle crashes. 395,785
  • The number of drivers involved. 668,699
  • The average number of crashes per day is over 1,000 for day
  • In 2,935 of the crashes, someone died. 3,176 people died in car crashes in 2016
  • Over a quarter-million people were injured
  • In 21,645 people suffered injuries that incapacitated them
  • Drugs and alcohol played a large factor in many car accident deaths and injuries

Seat Belt usage

  • 629 drivers who were in a fatal accident used both a seat belt and a lap belt. Nearly 10,000 drivers involved in incapacitating accidents used both their seat belt and lap belt.
  • In 529 fatal accidents, the driver wasn’t using either a seat belt or a lap belt.
  • For 219 fatal crashes, the passenger wasn’t wearing both types of belts. In 210 fatal crashes, the passenger was using a seat belt and a lap belt.

Vehicle deaths by types

The number of drivers involved fatal accidents by car type in 2016 is:

  • Passenger Car 761
  • Passenger Van 46
  • Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) 187
  • Pickup 215
  • Motorcycle 515
  • Moped 28
  • Bus 1
  • MotorCoach 0
  • Motor Home 1
  • Low-Speed Vehicle 5
  • Farm Labor Vehicle 5
  • All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) 1

The number of passengers involved fatal accidents by car type in 2016 is:

  • Passenger Car 281
  • Passenger Van 36
  • Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) 101
  • Pickup 65
  • Motorcycle 30
  • Moped 1
  • Bus 4
  • MotorCoach 1
  • Motor Home 0
  • Low-Speed Vehicle 1
  • Farm Labor Vehicle 0
  • All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) 2

Fatal accidents by age

The number of deadly crashes by age of the driver was:

  • Under 15. 1.
  • 15-17. 27.
  • 18-20. 110.
  • 21-24. 216.
  • 25-29. 230.
  • 30-34. 170.
  • 35-39. 119.
  • 40-44. 127.
  • 45-49. 129.
  • 50-54. 125.
  • 55-59. 111.
  • 60-64. 101.
  • 65-69. 99.
  • 70-74. 80.
  • 75-79. 60.
  • 80-84. 51.
  • 85-89. 41.
  • 90+ 27.

The number of deadly crashes by age of the driver (where alcohol was confirmed) were:

  • Under 15. 0
  • 15-17. 0
  • 18-20. 9
  • 21-24. 29
  • 25-29. 51
  • 30-34. 25
  • 35-39. 18
  • 40-44. 30
  • 45-49. 28
  • 50-54. 15
  • 55-59. 12
  • 60-64. 13
  • 65-69. 8
  • 70-74. 5
  • 75-79. 3
  • 80-84. 1
  • 85-89. 0
  • 90+. 0

Causes of Florida Car Accident Statistics – Causes by Type

The department keeps data for the following types of accidents:

The most common causes of a fatal accident and any type of injury were failing to yield the right of way, careless or negligent, and failing to keep in the proper lane

  • Drove too Fast for Conditions
  • Exceeded Posted Speed
  • Failed to Keep in Proper Lane
  • Failed to Yield Right of Way
  • Followed too Closely
  • Faulty Backing
  • Improper Passing
  • Improper Turn
  • Operated MV in Careless or Negligent Manner
  • Operated MV in Erratic, Reckless, or Aggressive Manner
  • Other Contributing Action
  • Over Correcting/Over Steering
  • Ran off Roadway
  • Went Through a Red Light
  • Ran Stop Sign
  • Swerved or Avoided
  • Wrong Side or Wrong Way