According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of traffic fatalities in the Tampa area is one of the highest in the United States. However, the traffic fatality rates for the state are even higher.
The national rate for traffic fatalities is 11.5 deaths per 100,000 people. Here in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, the rate is 12.6 per 100,000, while the traffic fatality rate for Florida is 13.1 per 100,000.
Why is the traffic fatality rate so high in Tampa?
There are a number of factors that contribute to why there are so many traffic fatalities in our area, including high population and crowded roads.
For the most part, however, drivers themselves are at fault. Dangerous driving habits like distracted driving, driving aggressively and illegal behavior are responsible for all too many traffic fatalities that could have easily been prevented.
In a Tampa Tribune article about the CDC study, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt Steve Gaskins said that the number of major interstates that connect in Tampa are responsible for many traffic fatalities in our city. Interstate 75, Interstate 275, Interstate 4 and U.S. 301 all converge in our area.
In the same article, a representative from the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization said that many of these crashes are take place on or near intersection ramps.
Like many cities in Florida, Tampa attracts a high amount of tourist traffic. Other popular cities in our state face a similar problem with a high traffic fatality rate. The rate in Orlando-Kissimmee area rate is 17.6, while the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area rate in Miami is 18.0.
The CDC study containing these findings was released in 2012 and based on traffic fatalities that took place in 2009.
Call the injury law team of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk now at 1-800-753-5203!
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in car accident in our area, call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203. Our injury law team can provide you with a free evaluation of your case.