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In 2016, Florida traffic deaths hit highest level in years

Unfortunately, recent statistics indicate that the state saw more traffic fatalities last year than it has in awhile.

According to preliminary statistics based on crash data going up to Dec. 17, over 3,000 people (3,091) died in Florida traffic accidents in 2016. This already puts that year’s crash death total at the highest level the state has seen since 2007. In 2007, the state’s traffic fatality total was 3,221.

And this is just the preliminary numbers. The final numbers, when things like the data from the last couple of weeks of 2016 are included, could be even higher.

What was the traffic death total like here in Palm Beach County last year? Well, the preliminary numbers put the total at 180 fatalities. This is around the same fatality level the county saw in 2015. It is, however, much higher that the total from 2014.

Many different types of driver conduct can contribute to fatal accident risks popping up on the roads. This includes impaired driving, distracted driving and aggressive driving. These three types of unsafe conduct are ones that law enforcement in the state is pointing to as playing a role in the traffic fatality increase the state saw last year.

What do you think 2017 will hold for Florida when it comes to traffic fatalities? How common do you think the three above-mentioned types of dangerous driving conduct will be in the state this year?

What particular types of conduct the drivers involved in an accident that took someone’s life were engaged in at the time of the crash can be an incredibly important detail. Among the things it can have implications on is the legal options of the family of person who died. Skilled car accident attorneys can look into this detail and other key accident details for such families.

Source: Sun Sentinel, “Last year was deadliest on Florida's roadways in nine years,” Brain Ballou, Jan. 24, 2017

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