Alachua County Auto Accidents
For the first time since 2012, traffic fatalities are on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2015. The report estimates that some 35,200 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents, an increase of 7.7 percent when compared to 2014. According to the Florida Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), 37 individuals in Alachua County and 70 in Marion County lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, a noticeable increase from the 30 and 55 from each county in 2014.
Traffic accidents of all kinds are also on the rise. According to FIRES, in Alachua County there were 4,193 auto accidents in 2014, 5,027 in 2015, and already 3,053 only 7 months into 2016. Although no one factor alone can explain the increase, many attribute it to a decrease in gas prices and unemployment and an increase in distracted driving.
One thing is certain though: insurance rates are dramatically on the rise. Unfortunately for consumers, though, the premiums seem to be increasing at a higher rate than the increase in accidents would justify. According to FIRES, from 2014 to 2015, accidents statewide increased around 8.6 percent, yet the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation indicates that since the beginning of 2015, insurance rates statewide have increased 13.8 percent on average, according to a recent article in the Tampa Bay Times.  Insurance companies point to increases in Alachua auto accidents and increasing costs of accidents, but for consumers, this simply means more money out of their pockets. This can be very frustrating for safe drivers.
With rates increasing across the board, Florida drivers should stay vigilant in being the safest drivers they can be to avoid accidents and the rate hikes that often accompany them. In Alachua County, some intersections are far more dangerous than others and drivers should be alert when approaching them. In 2012, crash reports from the beginning of 2007 to the end of 2009 were compiled to determine the most dangerous intersections in the county. The most dangerous intersections are:
- NW 34th Street and NW 39th Avenue
- SW Archer Road and North I-75
- SW Archer Road and SW 37th Boulevard
- W University Avenue and NW 22nd Street
- SW 20th Avenue and SW 62nd Boulevard/SW 52nd Street
- SW 16th Avenue and SW 13th Street
- SW 34th Street and SW 20th Avenue
- SW 13th Street and SW Williston Road
T9. SW Archer Road and South I-75
T9. SW 40th Boulevard and SW Archer Road
T9. Newberry Road and NW 75th Street
Contact a Gainesville, FL auto accident attorney today.
Although watching your insurance premiums spike after an accident is not something that anyone wants to see, the most important thing is your safety. Be alert, don’t drive distracted, and be cautious when approaching congested intersections like the ones listed here. It’s also more important than ever to understand your own auto insurance coverage in detail, including the need to obtain uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage for yourself (this is coverage that your own insurance company provides for you in the eventuality that the other motorist has not insured themselves adequately to pay for the damage they do to you). And, of course, if you do unfortunately end up injured in an accident, make sure you contact an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney who can get you the help you need.
Meldon Law in Gainesville, FL has an experienced team of auto accident attorneys who can help you if you have been injured. Call us in Alachua County today for a free consultation at (352) 373-8000 or use our online form.