It’s time for Florida legislators, along with law enforcement officials, educators and parents, to get serious about the fact that Floridians are killed needlessly on our state’s highways every day.
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) March 09, 2013
Tampa car accident lawyer Larry Disparti said today that a new report showing that Florida’s rate of car accident deaths is one of the nation’s highest indicates a need for the state “to get serious about highway safety.”
In the report, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that approximately 36,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in the U.S. in 2012. This marks a 5 percent increase from 2011 and the first year-to-year increase since 2004 to 2005.
Florida saw 2,442 fatal car accidents in 2012, according to the NSC, marking a 3 percent increase from 2,372 traffic deaths in 2011.
“We’d like to find something positive in the fact that Florida’s increase in car accident deaths is not as bad as the nation’s on the whole, but still, the report shows there are far too many people dying in car accidents in Florida,” said Disparti, founder of the Disparti Law Group, P.A.
The firm investigates car accidents in the development of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of individuals in the Tampa Bay area who have been injured in car wrecks.
“It’s time for Florida legislators, along with law enforcement officials, educators and parents, to get serious about the fact that Floridians are killed needlessly on our state’s highways every day,” he said.
Florida’s rate of highway fatalities in 2012 was third-highest in the nation behind Texas’ 3,339 and California’s 2,994, according to the NSC. Fourth is Pennsylvania with 1,311 fatalities, more than 1,130 fewer than Florida.
Florida’s 2,442 fatalities are only 1 percent fewer than the 2,753 fatal motor vehicle accidents in Florida in 2010, the NSC said.
In a news release accompanying the agency’s report, NSC President and CEO Janet Froetscher cited “new challenges, especially as it relates to teen and distracted driving, that need to be addressed on a national scale.”
Disparti said most car accidents are caused by driver error such as speeding, drunk driving, fatigued driving and texting while driving.
When reckless driving contributes to a car accident, an at-fault driver of any age can be held accountable for the damage and the harm they have caused, including for a wrongful death in a fatal accident, Disparti said.
“The lawyers of the Disparti Law Group stand up for the rights of car accident victims,” he said. “We help people who have been harmed to obtain the compensation they deserve.”
About Disparti Law Group, P.A.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., is a Tampa Social Security disability benefits and personal injury law firm that handles a variety of personal injury claims, including car accidents, slip-and-fall or premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home neglect and inadequate security. Additionally, the firm provides legal assistance to individuals in cases involving Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), railroad disability (FELA and RRB claims) and veterans’ benefits (including TSGLI claims). The firm serves clients across the U.S., including Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and the South Florida communities of Tampa, Miami, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bonita Springs, Clearwater, Fort Meyers, Holiday, Naples and Port Charlotte. The firm’s Tampa office is located at 2203 N. Lois #830, Tampa, FL 33607 (local phone (813) 932-2942). To learn more, call the Disparti Law Group, P.A., at (866) 678-1509 or use the firm’s online contact form.