A recent study by financial website SmartAsset puts Florida drivers squarely among the worst in the nation. It’s only the latest in a series of many studies that have found generally the same results.
The information used to make this decision came from data SmartAsset compiled on drivers and traffic statistics across the United States. Researchers ranked drivers in each state based on four factors: the number of DUIs per driver, the percentage of drivers with auto insurance, the frequency with which residents use Google to look up speeding ticket consequences and the average number of deaths per mile driven.
Florida ranked eighth-worst in the nation overall, which actually was an improvement over 2017, in which the state ranked dead last. This improvement was thanks to a decrease in car-related accidents. In some good news, Florida’s driving fatality rate declined by a third since 1994.
In the “uninsured drivers” category, Florida was the worst in the country, with just 73 percent of drivers in the state carrying auto insurance. Florida was also among the very worst in the nation for traffic-related death rates, at 1.47 deaths per every 100 miles driven.
Personal injury claims in Florida
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Florida, you have the right to seek compensation by filing a personal injury suit against the negligent party. However, given the lower number of people in this state compared to others who have auto insurance, your claim could have a few extra complications if the liable driver was not covered.
Fortunately, a skilled Florida attorney can help you through your case and advise you in the best path to proceed to get the compensation you deserve. For further guidance, speak with a trusted Sarasota County auto accident attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.