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NHTSA Reports 2,558 Florida Traffic Accident Deaths in 2009

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that with 2,558 Florida traffic deaths occurring last year, the state saw a 30% decline in highway fatalities from the year before when there were 2,980 Florida motor vehicle crash deaths. Alcohol was a factor in 770 of the 2009 Florida auto crash deaths. Our Miami car accident law firm considers it good news any time there is a decrease in the number of Florida motor vehicle deaths. This decline in fatalities was also reflected nationally last year in what U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is calling the lowest highway fatality number since 1950. Highway deaths dropped from 37,432 in 2008 to 33,808 in 2009. According to David Strickland, NHTSA’s administrator, anti-drunk driving initiatives and educating people about the importance of seat belt use have contributed significantly to the declining traffic death toll. Law enforcement and safety officials also began taking more aggressive measures to discourage distracted driving, which causes thousands of US traffic crashes annually. More 2009 US Traffic Safety Facts: • 2,217,000 Traffic crash injuries • 17,000 Large truck injuries • 503 Large truck deaths • 90,000 Motorcycle accident injuries • 4,462 Motorcycle crash deaths • 59,000 Pedestrian accident injuries • 4,092 Pedestrian accident deaths • 51,000 Pedalcyclist accident injuries • 630 Pedalcyclist crash deaths • 10,839 Drunk driver-related deaths • 770 Florida drunk driving deaths Even if you are covered under Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP), you should still explore your Ft. Lauderdale personal injury options. Many Palm Beach car crash injuries are catastrophic and costly and you may want and need to hold any liable parties responsible to help cover your associated damages and costs. 2009 Data Show Major Across-the-Board Declines in all Categories, September 9, 2010 Highlights of 2009 Motor Vehicle crashes, NHTSA, August 2010 (PDF) Related Web Resources: Florida Department of Transportation Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

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