North Miami Beach Accident Statistics
North Miami Beach has it all. That means many people traveling in the area—and many of them are new to the area, which means that the risk of accidents is higher. While the city has a population of about 46,000, it grows rapidly during the tourist season.
North Miami Beach is about halfway between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami—right about where I-95 and the Palmetto Expressway meet. The city has beaches, shopping, business, many residential homes for people of all walks of life, parks, recreation, and more. You're out of the bustle of a big city, but the city is large enough to have everything the big city has. And that is a draw to people who want a more relaxing atmosphere.
With everyone going places and doing something all the time, accidents happen between cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. And when they do, you need a North Miami Beach car accident lawyer to help you through the legal process.
North Miami Beach Accident Statistics
Over the past few years, the average number of crashes in the area was over 60,400. Of those, about 310 were fatal accidents, and about 29,000 were injury wrecks.
To further break down those statistics:
About 250 involved alcohol, and of those, about 20 were fatal, and 160 resulted in injuries.
About 11 involved drugs and most of those—about 15—resulted in fatalities. About seven over the past few years resulted in injuries.
Nearly 1,100 wrecks involved motorcycles. About 50 of those resulted in fatalities.
Nearly 1,500 crashes involved pedestrians. About 95 were fatal, and about 800 resulted in injuries.
Bicyclists also had about 850 wrecks over the past few years, with about 17 fatalities per year, except for 2017, which had 744 fatalities. The average number of bicycle-involved accidents was about 730, except for 2017, which saw 476 injuries.
Commercial motor vehicles were involved in about 8,500 wrecks over the past years. Of those, about 20 were fatal, and about 1300 caused injuries.
Your injuries may prevent you from doing much, if anything, after an accident.
However, if you can move without causing additional damage to yourself, you should:
Call first responders and check on others involved in the accident. However, if the other driver caused the accident because of road rage and you believe it might endanger your life to approach them, stay with your vehicle and call first responders.
Take photos of the accident scene. Be sure to take photos from all angles. Include damage to the road and nearby property.
Ask other drivers involved for their contact, license, registration, and insurance information. If possible, take clear pictures of their ID, insurance cards, and registration.
Obtain a good phone number and email from witnesses, including passengers in other vehicles.
Allow first responders to check you over, even if you believe you are not hurt or that your injuries are minor. This starts the paper trail should injuries manifest hours or days later.
Give your statement to the police officer or sheriff.
After the police release you from the accident scene, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Finally, contact a North Miami Beach car accident lawyer for a free case evaluation.
Types of Accident Injuries
Accident injuries could range from minor injuries such as scratches, minor road rash, bruises, sprains, strains, and pulled muscles to more severe injuries such as torn muscles and ligaments, simple or compound fractures, and internal injuries. These types of injuries often heal within weeks or months.
However, depending on the circumstances of the accident, you could sustain traumatic brain injuries, crushed bones and other crush injuries, and spinal cord injuries that could cause long-term or permanent disabilities.
Additional injuries that could cause long-term or permanent disabilities and other issues include amputations and injuries that cause disfigurement or excessive scarring.
After an accident, you can recover compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages include economic damages and non-economic damages. Punitive damages are more difficult to recover as you must prove the at-fault driver's actions or inactions were grossly negligent or intentional.
It takes longer to recover punitive damages as the trial is in two parts. The first part is for compensatory damages. The court hears claims for punitive damages in the second part. You cannot collect punitive damages unless the court awards compensatory damages.
Economic damages have a clear monetary value. Most accident victims recover some economic damages, including medical expenses, replacement or repair of damaged personal property, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and, if the accident killed a loved one, funeral and burial expenses, and certain probate court or probate attorney's fees and costs.
Non-economic damages do not have a firm monetary value. In most cases, only those with long-term or permanent disabilities recover non-economic damages. If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you could also recover non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages include:
Loss of quality of life.
Loss of companionship.
Loss of consortium.
Loss of use of a body part.
Loss of use of a bodily function.
Amputation of a digit or limb.
Excessive scarring or disfigurement.
Working with insurance companies without an attorney's help could affect the compensation you recover, especially if you are entitled to recover non-economic and punitive damages. Because insurance companies are in business to make a profit, they will try to deny your claim. Barring that, they will offer the least amount possible.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a vehicle accident, contact a North Miami Beach car accident lawyer as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.
Clearwater Personal Injury and Insurance Attorney
This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess or $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.