Just as there is no “one” legal case, injuries and accidents come in a sea of different shapes and sizes. Some are minor. Some major. Others fall between. Nonetheless, injuries and accidents share some commonalities. Further, we can call upon statistics to understand both the severity of accidents and some of their root causes. The below is a quick sampling involving data for Florida and the United States.
Most Common Types of Injuries
A “traumatic injury” refers to a physical injury of sudden onset and severity which requires immediate medical attention. The University of Florida Health’s website does an excellent job defining and discussing the term. The site also indicates that the following are the ten most common types of traumatic injuries (for both Florida and the U.S.):
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Spine fractures
- Facial trauma
- Acoustic trauma
- Crush injury
- Broken bone
- Broken or dislocated jaw
- Skull fracture
Unfortunately, the above can result from almost any activity and can occur within theoretically any profession or industry. All require instant medical attention. They also require skilled legal representation.
Most Common Types of Auto Accidents
A majority of the literature and news involving accident statistics focuses on automobile accidents. A review of these sources indicates that the most common auto accident types (again, for both Florida and the U.S.) are:
- Head-on collisions
- Hit and runs
- Multi-vehicle crashes
- Single-vehicle crashes
- Lane crossovers
- Side impacts
- Rear-end collisions
Florida Specific Auto Accident Statistics
After general commonalities among auto accidents, we can begin to break things down in terms of total numbers and frequencies. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles collects data on public safety and motor services. The agency publishes a Crash and Citation Reports & Statistics resource that examines several key statistics involving auto accidents in Florida. Some of these, for 2017, include:
- Total crashes: 368,984
- Crashes with injuries: 153,430
- Crashes with fatalities: 2,506
- Property damage crashes: 213,048
According to the same source, some interesting numbers (recorded for 2015) are:
- Average crashes per day: 1,025
- Alcohol suspected crashes: 16,400
- Drug suspected crashes: 1,990
- Teen driver crashes: 42,874
U.S. Specific Auto Accident Statistics
DriverKnowledge.com has published some similar statistics for auto accidents on a national level. Some of the more interesting ones are:
- The average number of car accidents in the U.S. every year is 6 million.
- More than 90 people die in car accidents every day.
- 3 million people in the U.S. are injured every year in car accidents.
- Around 2 million drivers in car accidents experience permanent injuries every year.
- Each day, more than 9 people are killed due to distracted driving.
- More than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver.
- National auto crashes result in: 6% fatality, 27% non-fatality injury, 72% property damage.
- Of all typical causes of accidents that result in death: 6% involve alcohol, 30% involve speeding and 33% involve reckless driving.
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