West Palm Beach has already seen 377 total car crashes as of March 2024, resulting in 3 serious injuries and 1 fatality. And that’s just in three months. When you examine statistics from 2023 – 6,303 crashes resulting in 80 serious injuries and 24 fatalities – you realize the severity of the issue in West Palm Beach.

As natives of West Palm Beach, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is concerned about the ongoing trend of serious car crashes in our city. We’re here to provide strong representation for those injured in car accidents. Call (561) 655-1990 to schedule a free consultation with a West Palm Beach car accident lawyer.

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Statistics for Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County experienced 53,612 total crashes in 2023, resulting in 763 serious injuries and 181 fatalities. That’s over 4,400 crashes per month.

Intersection-related violations remain the primary culprit behind these accidents for both years. In 2022, collisions at intersections were responsible for more than 330 injuries out of a total of 816 and 78 of the overall 220 fatalities.

Additionally, of the 59 fatalities reported in Palm Beach County to date this year, 27 have been the direct result of intersection-related accidents.

Where does the data come from?

For over a decade, the University of Florida’s Signal Four Analytics has worked closely with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to develop an interactive map displaying data on statewide car crashes.

This invaluable resource reveals a concerning trend: for the sixth consecutive year, intersections in Palm Beach County have been identified as the primary location for car crash-related injuries and fatalities. This pattern likely stems from the dense pedestrian activity typically found at intersections, posing higher risks than other areas such as sidewalks or roadsides. Tragically, Florida ranks second in the nation for pedestrian fatalities, trailing only behind New Mexico.

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is committed to using these insights to advocate for safer streets and to represent those affected by such tragic incidents, aiming for a future where such statistics are significantly reduced.

What are the leading causes of crashes in West Palm Beach?

Based on the University of Florida’s data for 2023 in Palm Beach County, older drivers are identified as the second most frequent contributors to traffic accidents. Incidents involving “aging road users” have led to 82 out of the 237 severe injuries and 21 of the 59 fatalities reported thus far in the year.

Below are the top seven causes of car accidents in Palm Beach County:

  • Intersections account for 115 severe injuries and 27 deaths.
  • Older drivers have resulted in 82 severe injuries and 21 deaths.
  • Lane departures have caused 63 severe injuries and 22 deaths.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists are linked to 53 severe injuries and 14 deaths.
  • Teenage drivers are associated with 34 severe injuries and 6 deaths.
  • Speeding and aggressive driving have led to 33 severe injuries and 9 deaths.
  • Motorcyclists and motorscooter riders have experienced 29 severe injuries and 6 deaths.

We’re here to help if you’re hurt in a crash

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath recognizes the role of comprehensive data in understanding and addressing car accidents in West Palm Beach. If you or a loved one were hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault, contact us to schedule your free case consultation. We’re here to help make Palm Beach County safer for everyone.