According to TampaBay.com, Florida’s roads are the safest they have been in years, and some credit this trend to the bad economy.
The state’s traffic deaths dropped in 2008 to their lowest level in eight years, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. In addition, traffic fatalities dropped 7 percent from 3,221 deaths in 2007 to 2,983 in 2008. And it was the first time traffic deaths have dropped below 3,000 since 2000.
Experts say that these trends are attributable to people cutting back on travel, entertainment and gas. People aren’t having that extra drink that could cause them to drive impaired or they are not going out to eat at all. Many people—an estimated 12 percent in Hernando County– no longer have a job to drive to everyday. All of these factors contribute to less cars on the road and less accidents.
However, according to the report, Hernando County Motorcycle injuries rose–specifically, motorcycle injuries went from 99 to 122, a 23 percent increase in 2008. Some experts attribute this to the poor economy also. To save gas, more people may be opting to ride motorcycles, rather than drive cars.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a Hernando County Car or Motorcycle Accident, contact Spring Hill Accident Attorney Whittel & Melton, LLC online or in the office at 352-666-2121 for a consultation.