Accident deaths involving speed and alcohol

At Messer & Messer Law Offices, we remain firmly dedicated to helping people who have experienced accidents, injuries or wrongful deaths through the reckless and negligent actions of others. The right to drive a vehicle comes with the responsibility to do so safely and responsibly, yet it seems many people ignore this. Every year, many people in Florida lose loved ones in unnecessary motor vehicle accidents that should never happen. 

People who choose to drive after drinking alcohol or to exceed the speed limit continue to claim the lives of innocent people. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show just how serious this problem really is, despite strong public awareness of the need to behave more responsibly. In 2018 alone, 814 people in were killed in Florida in drunk driving accidents and 303 people died in accidents in which excessive speed was a stated factor. 

In the five years spanning 2014 to 2018, the state experienced ups and downs in the number of people killed in these accidents. Deaths in crashes involving alcohol increased from 694 in 2014 to 794 in 2015 and then to 901 in 2016 before dropping slightly to 841 in 2017. Speed claimed 245 lives in 2014 and 320 lives the following year. These deaths dropped slightly to 310 and then 307 in 2016 and 2017, respectively. 

If you would like to learn more about how to get the help you deserve after being involved in a vehicle accident caused by another driver, please feel free to visit the crash compensation page of our Florida personal injury and motor vehicle accident website.