The authorities in Florida have been making state-wide efforts to reduce the number of deadly accidents that happen each year. Money has been poured into this project to help make the roads safer. Even so, the number of fatal wrecks has been on the rise.
Back in 2012, the state saw a total of 2,430 fatal crashes. That's when they decided that something had to be done, so they started the Driving Down Fatalities campaign. The end goal of that campaign was to cut back on fatal accidents each and every year, dropping them by 5 percent in 2013, again in 2014 and so on. In 2015, taxpayers spent around $25 million in these efforts.
They haven't worked. They appeared to work in 2013, when the deadly accidents dropped to 2,402. Though that was short of the target, it was at least a decrease in accidents. In 2014, though, they jumped all the way up to 2,494. Officials hoped it was just a simple spike, an outlier in the data, but it rose again in 2015. Despite the $25 million noted above, there were 2,939 fatalities in traffic accidents that year, an all-time high.
Accidents are sometimes very simple, the result of one split-second mistake. Some high school students were skipping school, for example, on their way to play a game of basketball. A passenger in their car was killed when the driver tried to turn left without yielding to traffic in the oncoming lane. Despite efforts, it's been very hard to eliminate those kinds of mistakes.
Now more than ever, with the stats on the rise, it's critical for families to know their legal rights when loved ones are killed in car accidents. It may be possible to seek financial compensation.
Source: WEARTV, "Fatal crashes increasing despite state-wide efforts, spending," Allie Norton, accessed Nov. 18, 2016