Auto Accidents in Jacksonville Florida
By land area, Jacksonville Florida is the largest city in the United States. Our complex roadway and highway system is expansive, and often under construction. Large area and difficult geography make for longer than average commute times and aggressive drivers. This blog will examine Auto Accident statistics from the Jacksonville Metro Area. Specifically, Duval County.
Jacksonville Florida Auto Accident Statistics: *Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (most current annual report, 2018)
Statistically, Jacksonville is the one of the most dangerous places to drive in all of Florida. According to most recent yearly data- Duval County saw 24,212 traffic accidents, #6 in the state. Which at first glance does not seem that alarming.
When we look at “accident rate” we see the real picture. Duval’s 24,212 traffic accidents over a population of 957,755 – yield an accident rate of 2.53%, the highest in the state amongst Florida’s top 10 most populated counties. By comparison Miami-Dade, saw an accident rate of 2.38%. Densely populated Palm Beach County, only 1.80%.
In fatal traffic accidents, Jacksonville fairs much better. Only 0.59% of accidents in Duval County were fatal. Ranking #4 out of Florida’s top 10 counties.
High accident rate is likely correlated with geography. As America’s largest city by land area, Jacksonville is split in two by the St. John’s river, making it difficult for highway and transportation systems to operate efficiently. Seven bridges span the St. John’s alone. An accident on anyone of them, can halt traffic for hours and disrupt commute patterns miles away. It is not hard to understand why Duval County has the highest accident rate out of Florida’s top 10 counties.
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