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Florida Traffic Deaths third-highest in nation

Florida motorists were more likely to die in a car accident or other traffic crash in 2007 than anywhere else in America except California and Texas.

But statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did have some good news — for the first time in at least a decade Florida’s traffic fatalities declined for the second year in a row, from 3,357 in 2006 to 3,214 in 2007.

Nationwide, deaths declined to 41,059 in 2007 from 42,708 in 2006. The decline was attributed to proactive measures by law enforcement and safer vehicles.

It is important to take certain steps to protect your rights after an accident. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed, you can contact a lawyer with experience in representing Florida accident victims, like those at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers.

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, has been representing Florida accident victims for four decades and will meet with you free of charge to discuss your case — in your home or hospital room or at any of the firm’s offices in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Sebring, Port Charlotte, Venice and Arcadia.

The weekend — Friday to Sunday — continued to be the most dangerous time on the road with overnight Friday and Saturday (midnight to 3 a.m.) the most deadly time of the week, according to the data. Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. also saw significant spikes in fatal accidents.

Tourist season — November to May — saw a large increase in the number of accidents corresponding with increased traffic and congestion. March was far and away the most dangerous month on the road with 25,000 crashes and more than 300 fatalities.

Area accident statistics for 2007:

Charlotte County: 30 fatalities – 1,418 injuries Collier County: 27 fatalities – 2,069 injuries DeSoto County: 7 fatalities – 382 injuries Glades County: 3 fatalities – 114 injuries Hendry County: 14 fatalities – 353 injuries Highlands County: 24 fatalities – 603 injuries Lee County: 106 fatalities – 5,234 injuries Monroe County: 21 fatalities – 1,148 injuries Okeechobee County: 14 fatalities – 413 injuries Sarasota County: 61 fatalities – 2,754 injuries