Which City in Florida Has the Most Car Accidents?

Every year, Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) publishes a report containing updated car accident statistics. These statistics measure different crash factors, such as intoxication, seatbelt use, and the time of day when crashes occurred. The reports also list how many car accidents occurred in each county, making it possible to create a visual map of where in Florida the most accidents take place. In this article, Miami car accident lawyer Prosper Shaked looks at recent government statistics to determine which parts of Florida have the highest number of auto accidents.

Florida Counties Ranked by Number of Car Accidents

Unfortunately, FLHSMV reports do not list accident totals by city. They do, however, supply the number of crashes per county. According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), here is how all 67 counties in Florida ranked for accident totals in 2017. Each county is listed below from least to most dangerous, working from the smallest crash totals toward the Florida county with the highest number of accidents. Where does your county fall on the list? Keep reading from our Miami personal injury lawyer to find out.

  1. Lafayette County – 36 accidents
  2. Franklin County – 47
  3. Liberty County – 99
  4. Union County – 135
  5. Dixie County – 150
  6. Gulf County – 181
  7. Gilchrist County – 189
  8. Glades County – 196
  9. Calhoun County – 207
  10. Holmes County – 253
  11. Jefferson County – 264
  12. Hamilton County – 321
  13. Taylor County – 325
  14. Madison County – 350
  15. Washington County – 358
  16. Bradford County – 378
  17. Hendry County – 402
  18. Baker County – 420
  19. Wakulla County – 432
  20. Hardee County – 475
  21. DeSoto County – 516
  22. Levy County – 581
  23. Gadsden County – 664
  24. Suwannee County – 710
  25. Okeechobee County – 716
  26. Jackson County – 814
  27. Flagler County – 958
  28. Nassau County – 1,119
  29. Putnam County – 1,209
  30. Monroe County – 1,246
  31. Walton County – 1,296
  32. Highlands County – 1,367
  33. Columbia County – 1,489
  34. Sumter County – 1,650
  35. Indian River County – 1,698
  36. Citrus County – 1,780
  37. Santa Rosa County – 1,880
  38. Hernando County – 2,312
  39. Charlotte County – 2,780
  40. Clay County – 2,905
  41. Okaloosa County – 3,444
  42. Martin County – 3,469
  43. St. Johns County – 3,541
  44. Bay County – 4,048
  45. Lake County – 4,729
  46. St. Lucie County – 5,062
  47. Collier County – 5,132
  48. Manatee County – 5,971
  49. Alachua County – 6,057
  50. Osceola County – 6,494
  51. Sarasota County – 6,622
  52. Escambia County – 6,625
  53. Marion County – 6,691
  54. Leon County – 7,110
  55. Seminole County – 7,208
  56. Pasco County – 7,787
  57. Brevard County – 9,004
  58. Volusia County – 9,509
  59. Polk County – 11,339
  60. Lee County – 12,695
  61. Pinellas County – 17,959
  62. Palm Beach County – 23,914
  63. Duval County – 24,685
  64. Hillsborough County – 27,900
  65. Orange County – 30,992
  66. Broward County – 41,308
  67. Miami-Dade County – 65,509

Unsurprisingly, Miami-Dade County topped the list with more than 65,500 crashes reported in 2017 – an average of about 180 accidents per day. This figure includes:

  • 43,780 accidents resulting in property damage
  • 21,452 injury crashes, resulting in 32,215 total injuries
  • 277 fatal crashes, resulting in 289 fatalities
  • 8,841 commercial vehicle accidents, such as truck accidents in Miami
  • 1,525 pedestrian accidents, resulting in 52 pedestrian deaths
  • 799 bicycle accidents, resulting in 11 cyclist fatalities

Accidents peaked in March, when 6,324 crashes were reported, and reached their low in May, when 4,684 crashes occurred.

Miami-Dade’s unenviable position on the list is likely due, at least in part, to the fact that Miami-Dade is Florida’s largest county, home to a population of more than 2.6 million residents. Likewise, Florida’s second largest county – Broward County, which is home to nearly 2 million people – ranked second on the list. This can likely be explained by the congested roadways, aggressive drivers, and constant road construction that is found in densely populated areas. These are all contributing factors that can increase the likelihood of a serious vehicle accident.

Contact a Miami Auto Accident Attorney if You Were Injured in a Car Crash

Tens of thousands of crashes occur every year in the Miami region. Unfortunately, many of these crashes result in property damage, injury, or even the wrongful death of drivers and passengers.

If you are one of the thousands who has been hurt in a Miami auto accident, look to the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked for aggressive, experienced legal representation you can trust. Prosper Shaked can fight to recover financial compensation for your accident, including compensation for medical bills and lost earnings, while protecting your rights and handling all of your questions about insurance, fault, and liability. For a free legal consultation about a car accident claim in Miami, contact Miami personal injury lawyer Prosper Shaked online, or call (305) 690-0244 today.

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