South Florida car accident lawyer, Matthew Waring, crunched the numbers and it looks like its riskier than ever to be in a car in Deerfield Beach.
In this article, Matthew tells you why you should care about car accidents in Deerfield Beach, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are ever in a car accident in Deerfield Beach.
Deerfield Beach is a choke point in South Florida's transportation infrastructure.
Deerfield Beach is the gateway to Broward County and the rest of the Miami-Dade metro area.
Deerfield Beach is especially hazardous because it combines pedestrians, cyclists, cars, trucks, the Brightline, and the Trirail in a small area.
While only about 4% of people in Broward County live in Deerfield Beach, each morning and afternoon the population swells due to commuters on I-95, making it more difficult and more dangerous for locals to get around.
It is no wonder that each year people die and are injured as a result of car accidents in Deerfield Beach.
Car accidents are exceeding population growth:
While we don't have exact numbers regarding the amount of crashes and injuries in Deerfield Beach, we do know that the rate of traffic accidents in Broward County continues its upward trend.
According to crash reports compiled by Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, approximately 2% of Broward County residents were involved in car accidents in 2015.
By 2017, that percentage had increased to 2.13%.
The increase in car accidents is triple the rate of the population growth in Broward County during the same period of time.
Looking at Deerfield Beach specifically, it looks like as many as 1,735 people may have been involved in car accidents in Deerfield Beach in 2017.
According to the crash data compiled by the State, approximately 60% of all accidents in Broward County result in injuries.
If the statistics equally apply to Deerfield Beach car accidents, then as many as 1,040 Deerfield Beach motorists may have been injured in 2017 alone.
The data further shows that there are roughly 1,200 car accidents each day throughout Florida.
That translates to at least six accidents per day in Deerfield Beach alone of which three to four people will be injured on average.
Here's how you can protect yourself:
Buy uninsured motorist (UM) coverage.
With the increase in the overall risk to Deerfield Beach residents from car accidents, it is more important than ever for residents to purchase the additional uninsured motorist (UM) coverage on their insurance policies.
As I discussed in my article titled “The Full Coverage Myth“, Florida does not require drivers to have bodily injury coverage meaning that many people on the road are underinsured.
If you are one of the 60% of people who are injured after a car accident in Deerfield Beach, you will want to know that you have the best insurance coverage available for your recovery.
What to do after a car accident in Deerfield Beach?
Follow the following 5 step plan:
Check yourself for common car accident injuries.
Call the police to report the accident.
Move your vehicle from the road if you can.
Do not confront the other driver. Let the police handle exchanging information.
If you suspect you may be injured, speak with a Deerfield Beach personal injury attorney BEFORE contacting any insurance companies.
Nearby personal injury attorney, Matthew Waring, serves car accident victims in Deerfield Beach.
Although Matthew Waring‘s office is in South Boca Raton, he is available to meet with clients in Deerfield Beach at a moment's notice.
Consultations are free and there are no fees or costs unless Matthew Waring recovers money on your case.
You can get Matthew Waring involved today by clicking here to fill out a contact form.
If you are at the scene of an accident, in a hospital or doctor's office, or would like to get Matthew Waring involved right now, you can call or text to tel:(561)-382-6860.
After graduating from Florida's top law school, Matthew Waring joined a large insurance defense law firm where he became an insurance industry insider.
Matthew later joined a large personal injury firm where he handled hundreds of cases.
Matthew founded Waring Law, PLLC to provide his clients with more one-on-one attention.
Matthew has recovered millions for injury victims in South Florida and he focuses on making things happen sooner on his clients' cases.
Before you hire a personal injury attorney, read the 5 Secrets of Hiring the Best Personal Injury Attorney for Your Case and How Long Will My personal Injury Case Take?