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Car Accident Statistics: Tampa

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Car accidents happen everywhere. But unfortunately in the congested Tampa Bay area, they occur more frequently than in other areas in the state. These crashes often happen because of a person or entity’s negligent actions. In 2021, these crashes occurred in the Tampa Bay area:

It’s clear that the Tampa Bay area is among the most dangerous and deadliest areas in the state. In just one year, the area recorded 55,360 total crashes. 38,063 passengers, drivers, pedestrians, and other motorists suffered injuries, and 567 people were killed.

What Causes Car Accidents in The Tampa Bay Area?

A car accident can happen anywhere, for whatever reason. But there are many common culprits you can blame. These causes include, but aren’t limited to:

Distracted Driving

Anything that can take your full attention away from safely operating a vehicle is a driver distraction. Using your phone for texting or speaking to someone, using a GPS, and even eating while driving are considered driver distractions.

Drunk or Drugged Driving

Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol either fall asleep on the wheel or speed and run red lights and engage in various reckless driving behaviors. They may likewise hit another car and run to avoid a criminal charge.

Speeding

Driving over the posted speed limit contributes to many traffic deaths in Florida. Even if a speeding driver can dodge an accident, hitting the brakes to avoid an inevitable crash may decrease their effectiveness and still lead to a fatal crash.

Reckless Driving

Unsafe lane changes, abrupt swerving, tailgating, and not following red lights and stop signs are common examples of reckless driving that lead to crashes. Drivers are required to maneuver safely and always use turn signals. But drivers who don’t care about these things usually weave in and out of traffic unexpectedly and intentionally fail to give the right of way.

Dangerous Road Conditions

Road hazards can be extremely hazardous and lead to serious injuries and crashes. They are basically any type of risky or dangerous condition that comes from driving on certain roadways. There are various kinds of hazards, such as potholes, uneven roads, cracked pavement, wrong or missing signs, etc.

These accident statistics are terrifying, especially for people who have no choice but to face the Tampa roadways every single day. Injured victims and their families can face significant and life-altering physical, financial, and emotional damages. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Tampa car accident lawyers at Hancock Injury Attorneys today.

You can discuss your accident and the losses you incurred in a free case consultation with our Tampa car accident lawyer. To set up your appointment, call our office at 813-915-1110 or send us a message online. If you lost a loved one in a crash, we can also guide you through the necessary steps for seeking damages in a wrongful death claim.