Orlando has been ranked as the most dangerous city to drive in.  Although accident rates have dropped in the last few years, car accidents in Orlando and elsewhere continue to be the number one killer in the United States.  There were nearly 34,500 people who were killed in car accidents in the U.S. in 2009.   More than 22 percent of the people killed in these accidents were between the ages of 15- and 24-years-old.  All of these stats were recently released in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

According to Dayton Daily News, researchers looked at the rates of traffic accident fatalities across the most densely populated areas in the country to tally these rankings.  Florida held 2 spots in the list of the top 5 most dangerous areas to drive in.  Miami also made it on the list.  The overall rate of car accident fatalities in the most populated areas in the country was just over 11 per 100,000 residents.  Orlando had an average rate of car accident fatalities of nearly 19.5 per 100,000 residents.  When calculating the fatality rate for individuals between the ages of 15- and 24-years-old, the average was about 13 per 100,000 residents.  These numbers dipped as low as 7.3 to as high as 25.8.

Most Dangerous Cities to Drive In:

-Orlando

-Memphis

-Glendale

-Miami

-Las Vegas

Florida didn’t even make a single spot on the list of top 5 safest cities to drive in.  That list included:

-Boston

-Buffalo

-Cleveland

-Hartford

-Newark

Teens were most likely to be involved in fatal accidents.  These accidents are the number one killer for 15- to 24-year-olds.  Communities across the country are creating and enforcing programs, campaigns and enforcement efforts to help to lower the risks for these young motorists.

“Proven population-based intervention such as strong graduated-driver licensing and alcohol-impaired driving prevention polices offer the potential to reduce more vehicle crash,” said Scott Kegler, PhD. with the CDC.

Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) programs are one of the programs that work to keep young drivers safe.  These programs help to limit the kind of driving that teens can do on their own during their first few years on the road.  Officers have also been conducting more sobriety check points across the country to help to make our streets safer.  These programs have been proven to help to reduce the risks of car accidents.  Tougher ignition interlock programs are another way that states can help to keep dangerous drivers off of the road and their accident numbers down.  Young drivers are disproportionately involved in alcohol-related crashes.

Drivers of all ages are asked to be safe behind the wheel.  It’s dangerous out there and only the safest driving habits can help to reduce your risks of being seriously injured or killed in a car accident.  Their risks increase during the summer season when more teens are out of school and navigating our roadways.  Help keep your teen safe and talk with them about safe driving habits today!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Orlando or in any of the nearby areas, contact the injury attorneys at Jacobs & Goodman to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.  Call (407) 788-2949.