Year in Review: Florida Traffic Fatalities 2022
Though the number of Florida traffic fatalities in 2022 is lower than the record high in 2021, they have consistently risen each year since 2012. These astonishing numbers have left the families of many accident victims reeling with grief.
Here, we give an overview of the car accident statistics for 2022 and the four years preceding. We want to bring awareness to the escalating rate of traffic fatalities, hoping that it may cause you to take extra care while driving.
Florida traffic fatalities in 2022 took thousands of loved ones from their families. Colling Gilbert Wright helps victims and their families pursue justice and compensation. Nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one, but we’d like to try and give you the foundation from which to move forward. Contact us today at (407) 712-7300 for a FREE case evaluation with an Orlando car accident attorney.
Traffic Crashes & Injuries in 2022
The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Crash Dashboard provides current data on car accidents statewide and by county. We saw a significant drop in traffic accidents in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, the statistics for 2022 show another smaller decrease in crashes and injuries. Hopefully, car accident statistics will continue to show a decline.
The number of crashes and the number that resulted in injury for each year are as follows:
2022: 389,453 Total Crashes
- 248,025 Injuries
- 160,261 Crashes Resulting in Injury
2021: 401,540 Total Crashes
- 252,971 Injuries
- 163,956 Crashes Resulting in Injury
2020: 341,399 Total Crashes
- 212,432 Injuries
- 140,167 Crashes Resulting in Injury
2019: 401,867 Total Crashes
- 254,816 Injuries
- 167,020 Crashes Resulting in Injury
2018: 403,626 Total Crashes
- 255,353 Injuries
- 167,219 Crashes Resulting in Injury
It is interesting to note that no matter the specific statistics, the percentage of crashes resulting in injury stays nearly the same at 41% yearly. Additionally, most crashes occur in either March, October, or December.
Statistics of Florida Traffic Fatalities in 2022
According to the NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts, Florida’s fatality rate was the fifth highest in the nation for the first half of 2022. Florida had an average of 1.58 traffic deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, respectively, had higher fatality rates than Florida.
Florida Traffic Fatalities from 2022–2018:
2022: 3,411 Fatalities
- 3,302 Fatal Crashes
- 0.85% of crashes had fatalities
2021: 3,741 Fatalities
- 3,454 Fatal Crashes
- 0.86% of crashes had fatalities
2020: 3,332 Fatalities
- 3,098 Fatal Crashes
- 0.91% of crashes had fatalities
2019: 3,185 Fatalities
- 2,951 Fatal Crashes
- 0.73% of crashes had fatalities
2018: 3,135 Fatalities
- 2,917 Fatal Crashes
- 0.72% of crashes had fatalities
Though fatalities have decreased since the spike in 2021, they have been growing steadily since 2012. In addition, the percentage of crashes involving a fatality is rising. As with traffic accidents in Florida, fatalities seem to occur most often in March, December, and October.
Scary News for Pedestrians and More
Florida was the second most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians from 2016–2020, according to Smart Growth America. In fact, seven of Florida’s counties ranked within the top twenty most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. In 2022, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 22% of the total fatalities, with 755 pedestrian deaths in crashes.
Motorcycle fatalities are also high, accounting for 17% of crash fatalities, with 585 unfortunate deaths. At the same time, bicycle fatalities account for 6% of the total crash-related deaths, with 207.
Florida ranked third in the nation for fatal hit and runs from 2010 to 2019. In 2022, fatalities from hit-and-runs made up 7.8% (266) of the total crash-related deaths.
Drunk Driving Fatalities
Drunk driving statistics are some of the most devastating because they are entirely unnecessary. Unfortunately, though the number of drunk driving fatalities has decreased a bit in recent years, more than 10,000 people are killed each year in drunk driving crashes.
In 2022, there were 268 fatalities due to alcohol-only impaired driving accidents and 199 due to alcohol and drugs. These account for 7.8% and 5.8% of deaths, respectively. There were an additional 227 fatalities from drug-only impaired driving crashes, which is 6.6% of the total fatalities.
According to NHTSA, drunk driving statistics show 21–24-year-olds with the highest involvement in crashes, while men account for 80% of drunk driving fatalities. However, with so many ride-share and public transportation options, we hope to see more people choosing to save lives by not drunk driving in the future.
We’ve seen far too many families horribly affected by the loss of a loved one in a car accident. The decrease in Florida traffic fatalities in 2022 gives us hope that perhaps these senseless deaths will be trending downward in the years to come.
When a fatal accident is caused by someone else’s negligence, the anguish can be crushing. Not to mention, there may be an additional financial hardship for the family. Having an attorney that is knowledgeable in wrongful death suits may be in your best interest. They can pursue the compensation you deserve while you mourn and comfort your loved ones.
If you have lost a loved one in a traffic accident, call us for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. We want to ensure that in your time of grief, you aren’t being taken advantage of by insurance companies that only care about their own bottom line. Contact Colling Gilbert Wright today for help in Orlando and other areas of Florida.