Clearwater Car Accident Statistics

Car accidents are common in Clearwater, FL. Tragically, many car accidents result in deaths and catastrophic injuries. This is reflected in the Clearwater car accident statistics.

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If you or a family member sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident, contact our law office at (727) 796-8282 for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Clearwater, Florida.

How Common Are Car Accidents in Clearwater, FL? 

How Common Are Car Accidents in Clearwater, FL?

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has a crash dashboard that reports yearly car accidents throughout the Sunshine State. 

Here are the total crashes that were reported in Pinellas County between 2018 and 2022: 

  • 2018: 17,875 (4.43% of the state’s crashes in 2018) 
  • 2019: 17,078 (4.25% of the state’s crashes in 2019)
  • 2020: 14,313 (4.19% of the state’s crashes in 2020)
  • 2021: 16,462 (4.1% of the state’s crashes in 2021)
  • 2022 (as of 9/10/2022): 10,611 (4.1% of the crashes reported so far in 2022)

Pinellas County makes up about 4% of Florida’s total car accidents each year. 

Clearwater Car Accidents Resulting in Fatalities 

While fatal collisions comprise a small percentage of Clearwater’s total car accidents each year, they shouldn’t occur in the first place. Below we break down the number of fatal crashes and fatalities that the FLHSMV reported between 2018 and 2022. 

Clearwater Collisions That Caused Fatalities Between 2018 and 2022

Pinellas County’s fatal crashes between 2018 and 2022 are as follows: 

  • 2018: 126 (0.7% of all Pinellas County collisions) 
  • 2019: 107 (0.63% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2020: 102 (0.71% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2021: 146 (0.89% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2022 (as of 9/10/2022): 82 (0.8% of all Pinellas County collisions reported so far) 

These statistics are alarming. Although the county’s total number of car accidents decreased by nearly 8% between 2018 and 2021, fatal collisions increased by almost 16%. Crashes seem to be becoming deadlier in Pinellas County. 

Total Fatalities From Clearwater Collisions Between 2018 and 2022

The number of deaths that occur in Clearwater collisions is higher than the fatal crashes because multiple people may be killed in one crash. 

The fatalities from car crashes in Pinellas County between 2018 and 2022 are as follows: 

  • 2018: 130
  • 2019: 108
  • 2020: 108
  • 2021: 155
  • 2022 (as of 9/10/2022): 87

The number of people who lost their lives in Pinellas County auto accidents increased by approximately 19% between 2018 and 2022 – even though the county’s total collisions decreased.

Clearwater Car Accidents Resulting in Injuries 

Thousands of people are injured in Clearwater and throughout Pinellas County annually. You’re much more likely to suffer injuries in a collision than a fatality, but the injuries can range from minor scrapes to debilitating spinal cord damage

Clearwater Collisions That Caused Injuries Between 2018 and 2022

The number of injury crashes that occurred in Pinellas County is reflected below: 

  • 2018: 7,473 (41.81% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2019: 7,156 (41.9% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2020: 5,786 (40.42% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2021: 6,546 (39.76% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2022 (as of 9/10/2022): 4,255 (40.1% of all collisions reported in Pinellas County so far)

On average, a shocking 40% of people involved in collisions in Pinellas County will sustain an injury. 

Total Injuries From Clearwater Collisions Between 2018 and 2022

The number of people who sustained injuries in Pinellas County car wrecks is as follows: 

  • 2018: 10,751
  • 2019: 10,404
  • 2020: 8,412
  • 2021: 9,427
  • 2022 (as of 9/10/2022): 6,113

The number of people who were injured in collisions decreased by over 12% between 2018 and 2021.

Clearwater Car Accidents Resulting in Property Damage Only

Not all car accidents injure or kill people. Some only result in property damage, such as damage to vehicles and structures. 

The collisions reported in Pinellas County between 2018 and 2022 that caused property damage only are as follows: 

  • 2018: 10,276 (57.49% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2019: 9,815 (57.47% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2020: 8,425 (58.86% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2021: 9,770 (59.35% of all Pinellas County collisions)

As of September 10, 2022, 59.13% of Pinellas County collisions have resulted in only property damage. 

Clearwater Accidents Involving Pedestrians 

The Clearwater area is one of the most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians, causing dozens of deaths annually. 

Here are the statistics for pedestrian accidents in Pinellas County between 2018 and 2022: 

  • 2018: 504 accidents causing 41 fatalities and 441 injuries
  • 2019: 572 accidents causing 42 fatalities and 483 injuries
  • 2020: 438 accidents causing 30 fatalities and 361 injuries 
  • 2021: 498 accidents causing 60 fatalities and 387 injuries
  • 2022 (as of 9/10/2022): 320 accidents causing 25 fatalities and 270 injuries

The fatality rate for pedestrians rose to around 12% in 2021. In prior years, the average fatality rate was approximately 7.5%. However, so far, in 2022, the rate has dropped again to nearly 8%. 

Clearwater Accidents Involving Bicycles

Pinellas County is also a dangerous place for bicycling. Bicyclist deaths reached a 15-year high in 2021: 

  • 2018: 622 accidents causing 7 fatalities and 583 injuries
  • 2019: 513 accidents causing 10 fatalities and 477 injuries 
  • 2020: 518 accidents causing 8 fatalities and 494 injuries 
  • 2021: 546 accidents causing 16 fatalities and 504 injuries
  • 2022 (as of 9/10/2022): 388 accidents causing 9 fatalities and 374 injuries 

As with pedestrians, the bicyclist fatality rate rose to nearly 3% in 2021. In prior years, the average was around 1.5%.

Clearwater Accidents Involving Motorcycles 

Motorcycle accidents cause hundreds of deaths and injuries in Pinellas County annually: 

  • 2018: 503 accidents causing 29 fatalities and 428 injuries
  • 2019: 428 accidents causing 22 fatalities and 379 injuries
  • 2020: 411 accidents causing 18 fatalities and 374 injuries 
  • 2021: 433 accidents causing 30 fatalities and 383 injuries
  • 2022 (as of 9/10/2022): 311 accidents causing 25 fatalities and 273 injuries

As with bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities, the motorcyclist fatality rate increased in 2021 to nearly 7%. In prior years, the average was around 5%. More shockingly, so far, in 2022, the fatality rate is a little over 8%. 

Clearwater Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics

Hit-and-run accidents frequently happen in Pinellas County, FL: 

  • 2018: 4,985 (27.89% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2019: 4,849 (28.39% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2020: 4,259 (29.76% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2021: 4,895 (29.74% of all Pinellas County collisions)
  • 2022 (as of 9/10/2022): 3,023 (28.49% of all Pinellas County collisions reported so far)

Around 29% of annual collisions reported in the county are hit & run crashes

What Are the Most Common Causes of Collisions in Clearwater, Florida? 

The cause of car accidents in Clearwater varies, but most crashes result from driver negligence. Drivers fail to follow traffic laws and focus on the road. The result is tragic accidents that cause serious injuries and wrongful deaths

Common causes of car accidents include:

Florida’s no-fault insurance laws require drivers and accident victims to file claims with their PIP insurance provider. However, if you sustained severe injuries and the other driver caused the crash, you may have the right to sue the at-fault driver for damages.

Clearwater’s Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections

Car accidents can happen anywhere: quiet, rural roads or bustling city streets. However, some roads and intersections tend to experience a higher volume of collisions. 

Here are some of the most dangerous roads/intersections in Clearwater, FL

  • Belcher Road
  • Enterprise Road
  • US-19
  • US-19 and Gulf to Bay Boulevard
  • Gulf to Bay Boulevard and S Belcher Road
  • US-19 and Drew Street
  • US-19 and Sunset Point Road
  • SR 60 and Belcher Road
  • Fort Harrison Avenue and Chestnut Street
  • Eastland Boulevard and McMullen Booth Road

No matter where your collision occurred, our Clearwater car accident lawyers can help you identify all avenues for compensation. 

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Clearwater Car Accident Lawyers 

Accidents in Clearwater and throughout Pinellas County may continue to increase as more people move to the area and businesses grow. Our Clearwater car accident attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers will continue to provide compassionate and skilled legal counsel for victims and their families.

Contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Clearwater, FL.