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Clearwater Car Accident Statistics

Clearwater, Florida is home to more than 116,000 people and, as a hotspot for tourism, welcomes millions more every year.

It’s no surprise that Clearwater and surrounding towns in Pinellas County have some of the state’s busiest – and most dangerous – roads.

Car accidents are commonplace, with Pinellas County accounting for four percent of the state’s total collisions. 

How Common Are Car Accidents in Clearwater, FL?

How Common Are Car Accidents in Clearwater, FL?

Every year, thousands of car accidents unfold on roads in Clearwater and other towns in Pinellas County, FL.

According to car accident data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), crashes have dropped slightly in recent years, dropping by about twelve percent between 2018 and 2022:

  • 2018: 17,875 total collisions
  • 2019: 17,078 total collisions
  • 2020: 14,313 total collisions
  • 2021: 16,462 total collisions
  • 2022: 15,646 total collisions

As of 01/14/23, there have already been 242 car accidents reported in the area. That’s roughly 19 crashes a day.

Clearwater Car Accidents Resulting in Physical Injury

Not everyone who gets into a car accident in Clearwater walks away unscathed. In fact, depending on the year, between 39 and 41 percent of the area’s total collisions cause at least one injury.

  • 2018: 7,473 accidents resulting in 10,751 injuries
  • 2019: 7,156 accidents resulting in 10,404 injuries
  • 2020: 5786 accidents resulting in 8,412 injuries
  • 2021: 6,546 accidents resulting in 9,427 injuries
  • 2022: 6,368 accidents resulting in 9,210 injuries

As of January 2023, 43 percent of the area’s car accidents have caused an injury, with 153 people reporting trauma.

Fatal Car Accidents in Clearwater

Sadly, scores of traffic accidents in and around Clearwater, FL are fatal. 

While the overall number of accidents in the area has declined recently, fatal collisions saw an uptick in 2021:

  • 2018: 126 fatal crashes causing 130 deaths
  • 2019: 107 fatal crashes causing 108 deaths
  • 2020: 102 fatal crashes causing 108 deaths
  • 2021: 146 fatal crashes causing 155 deaths
  • 2022: 113 fatal crashes causing 121 deaths

The first month of 2023 has already seen 1 fatal car accident, leaving 1 family devastated after the wrongful deaths of their loved ones.

Clearwater Crashes Resulting in Property Damage

Until recently, more than half of all car accidents in Clearwater and Pinellas County caused property damage only.

Since 2021, only about 40 percent of motor vehicle accidents in Clearwater have caused nothing but property damage. This reflects an increase in the number of injury-causing and fatal collisions in the area.

  • 2018: 10,276 (57.5 percent)
  • 2019: 9,815 (57.5 percent)
  • 2020: 8,425 (58.8 percent)
  • 2021: 6,692 (40.7 percent)

Early reports for 2022, with data up to September 15, reveal 4,450 accidents – or 40.7 percent of the area’s total crashes.

Car Accidents in Clearwater Involving Motorcyclists, Bicyclists, and Pedestrians

Passengers and drivers of passenger vehicles aren’t the only ones involved in traffic accidents in Clearwater. Biking, walking, and riding a motorcycle are all increasingly popular ways to get in and around the city – but also some of the most dangerous options.

Bicycle Accidents

Clearwater is known as a bicycle-friendly beach town on the Gulf Coast, and for a good reason. There are tons of trails and dedicated locations for bicyclists to ride. However, hundreds of bicyclists are involved in collisions when they’re forced to share the road with larger vehicles.

  • 2018: 622 bicycle accidents, 7 of which were fatal
  • 2019: 513 bicycle accidents, 10 of which were fatal
  • 2020: 518 bicycle accidents, 8 of which were fatal
  • 2021: 546  bicycle accidents, 16 of which were fatal
  • 2022: 578  bicycle accidents, 13 of which were fatal

Even though the overall number of bike accidents in Clearwater dropped in 2021, fatalities doubled over the year prior.

Preliminary data for the first month of 2023 shows 10 bike crashes, with a total of 0 fatalities.

Pedestrian Accidents

Overall, pedestrian accidents have dropped slightly since 2019. However, fatalities surged in 2021, up by about 43 percent from 2019.

  • 2018: 504 pedestrian accidents causing 41 fatalities
  • 2019: 572 pedestrian accidents causing 42 fatalities
  • 2020: 438 pedestrian accidents causing 30 fatalities
  • 2021: 498 pedestrian accidents causing 60 fatalities
  • 2022: 474 pedestrian accidents causing 36 fatalities

2023 has already seen 8 pedestrian accidents and 0 fatalities so far.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle crashes are down in Clearwater, with a 14 percent decline between 2018 and 2021.

  • 2018: 503 motorcycle accidents resulting in 29 deaths
  • 2019: 428 motorcycle accidents resulting in 22 deaths
  • 2020: 411 motorcycle accidents resulting in 18 deaths
  • 2021: 433 motorcycle accidents resulting in 30 deaths
  • 2022: 435 motorcycle accidents resulting in 31 deaths

In 2023, there have already been 6 motorcycle crashes, and 0 motorcycle accident fatalities reported.

Prevalence of Hit-and-Run Car Accidents in Clearwater, FL

Even though it can be a crime to leave the scene of a Clearwater car accident, there are thousands of reported hit-and-run accidents every year.

Many of these accidents cause serious injuries and death:

  • 2018: 4,985 (causing 987 injuries and 9 deaths)
  • 2019: 4,849 (causing 974 injuries and 6 deaths)
  • 2020: 4,259 (causing 853 injuries and 15 deaths)
  • 2021: 4,895 (causing 948 injuries and 11 deaths)
  • 2022: 4,456 (causing 869 injuries and 8 deaths)

So far, in 2023, there have been 75 hit-and-run collisions, leaving 14 people injured and resulting 0 fatalities.

Clearwater’s Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections 

Clearwater and other cities on the Gulf Coast are home to some of the most dangerous roads and highways in the state.

In Clearwater, particularly dangerous intersections include:

  • US-19 and Gulf-to-Bay Blvd
  • US-19 and Drew St
  • Belcher Rd and Gulf-to-Bay Blvd
  • SR-60 and Belcher Rd
  • SR 686 and 34th St N

You can’t guarantee that you’ll avoid an accident just by knowing where most car accidents in Clearwater take place. However, this information can help you know when it might be important to exercise a little bit of extra caution while driving through the city.

Speak With a Car Crash Lawyer in Clearwater If You’ve Been Injured in a Collision

Clearwater car accident statistics reveal that more people are getting hurt in area crashes. If you or a family member has recently been involved in a collision, don’t hesitate to contact Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers 

Our Clearwater car accident attorneys have over 119 years of combined experience and have won millions on behalf of deserving crash victims like you.

We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation and work on a contingency fee basis. You pay our personal injury attorney in Clearwater nothing unless we win your case. No win, no fee – guaranteed.

Contact our Clearwater, FL law office to set up a time for your free consultation to get started on your case today at (727) 493-4418.

Karla Rogers
Karla Rogers
Best lawyer ever! I had an accident gave them a call and like three months later, case Settled and full payout... Excellent service!
Lenette Montalvo
Lenette Montalvo
Christopher from Winter and Yonker was amazing. Very nice person to talk to, listen to what I had to say, and even gave his opinion when needed. From start to finish I felt very important and I was impressed by this law firm every one i spoke to made me feel safe and comfortableto. My accident has done a lot of damage to me, and knowing I had an attorney from Winters and Yonker on my side made me feel great. My compensation for my accident is amazing and it will help me in my life. Thank you very much I will definitely recommend this law firm.
coleman vera
coleman vera
I went to Winter & Yonker Law Firm for my Tampa car accident case I was involved in. My case manager throughout the process and she took care of me from start to finish. The process was very seamless, I received the medical treatment that I needed immediately and at the very end, concluded with a very rewarding settlement. I've worked with a few law firms from prior accidents and none can compare to the service OR expertise I received from Mr. Yonker.👉 If you're seeking help for an injury related case, I would definitely recommend working with him and their amazing legal staff at Winter & Yonker Firm in Tampa. I will always use this firm for all my Personal Injury Claims! If you are l@@king for an Attorney to give you Top Notch legal help and the MOST money for your Pain & Suffering then take it from me I'm a paralegal and this firm continues to OUTSHINE them all!
Meredith Wilson
Meredith Wilson
This was my first personal injury experience. I wanted to choose a law office I could trust. A friend of mine recommended the law offices of Winters & Yonker, Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa. Through the entire process Attorney Marc Yonkers was helpful and communication was stellar. I never felt out the loop. I felt confident throughout entire process. Which this month (Sept. 2023) they were able to settle my accident case successfully and to my 100% satisfaction. I cannot recommend Winters & Yonker and or Marc any higher. In short they are firm, fair, aggressive, responsive, super smart and know the numerous ins and outs of Personal Injury cases (which can be quite complicated). Upon hiring them you get a law firm that will leave you confident that your case will be handled expertly and with your interests front and center.
Geneva Ramirez
Geneva Ramirez
Winters and Yonkers has been a legend of the Tampa Bay personal injury Attorney community for a long time. I was in a car accident recently with my husband, we suffered back and neck pains after two days and thought to get someone’s help. I found Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers through a google search and called them right up. The same day Mr. Winters contacted both of us, listened, and was compassionate to our situation. He helped us through the entire process including getting me seen by a Doctor so we could heal our injuries correctly, and we got our medical bills reduced! Bill Winters, my case manager, and the entire staff were very knowledgeable and exceptional at their work. We would like to express my sincere gratitude to them and recommend them without any hesitation to anybody who needs help, don't try and fight the at fault's insurance on your own. If you're injured and need someone to protect your rights you won't find a better Attorney than Bill Winters at Winters & Yonkers!-Geneva, Tampa FL#personalinjurylawyer #caraccidentlawyer #tampainjuryattorney
Shelley Torres
Shelley Torres
Bum Boi
Bum Boi
My wife and I are work in Mediation and Arbitration but know nothing about personal injury cases. When a young delivery Truck driver who was distracted by his phone hit us at full speed and rear-ended us as we were stopped in traffic on Wesley chapel. We knew we needed to hire the best lawyers with PI experience and expertise in the Tampa legal community that we could.From our first phone call with Bill Winters and then all the way through Trial preparation then Trial, we never felt any bad about our case because we knew Bill and the entire staff at Winters and Yonker would take care of us.Their dedication, innovation, motivation, reliability, unparalleled intellect, and exceptional skill as trial lawyers make them extraordinary individuals. My experience working with them was nothing short of exceptional. Experiencing a car accident is an ordeal that encompasses fear, trauma, and frustration. It's a life-changing event in anyone's life. There was no amount of money that could ever make me alright, because I would give any amount of cash to not have to go through the nightmare that the car accident was and continues to be.It took almost 2 years from the time of the car crash to go to trial, but ultimately the jury verdict that Bill Winters got for my family was worth fighting for. There were so many times over the course of the three years that we actively realized how amazing it was that we felt no anxiety or concerns or worries about our case, because Bill is truly outstanding!If you or anyone you know gets hurt in a car accident, call Winters and Yonkers RIGHT AWAY! And then rest assured that you, your family, or friends are being cared for by the ABSOLUTE BEST legal team in Tampa Bay. Thank you, Winters & Yonker!
Glenda Litimco
Glenda Litimco
Winters & Yonker law firm did excellent work with my injury case. Luckily, I was referred to Winters & Yonker from a good friend after I was injured in a car accident. I did some initial research about injury lawyers near me, but the reviews for this office really stood out to me in Tampa. I decided to call and after a single phone conversation, the choice was easy to make! Not only was everyone extremely professional, they made the entire process smooth and clear. I was at ease with each step of the way because they were always there to answer my questions and keep me informed of what was happening. All expectations were met and my settlement was exceeded. I got much more than I thought was even possible from the insurance company. I highly recommend the Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, and their team in Tampa to anyone in need of help after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. You'll be in good hands!
Dandrea Ikner
Dandrea Ikner
This is the best lawyer in town
Nicky Warner
Nicky Warner
Max was amazing! He kept me updated throughout the whole process and was extremely easy to talk with. He also explained everything so I can completely understand it. It was an amazing experience. Thank you, Max!
Erika Smith
Erika Smith
I had a great experience with them! They truly care about you!! Thank you so much🤗
Jonathan Clem
Jonathan Clem
I was injured in a car crash here in town. Since it was essentially a "he said she said" accident case the opposing insurance claimed it was a 50/50 fault. Even though it clearly could not have been my fault. However, Bill worked diligently to get me everything I was needed to get my life back. He worked to get me access to all the doctors I needed and medical treamtment for my neck and back. Plus, a large settlement amount. Bill even took the time to calm me down when I saw the initial amount and cost for seeing my medical bills piling up! He even managed to get them to reduce their bills significantly! Plus, I received as much as possible. Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa provided a great legal service. They were strait forward and honest about the approach, and communicated every aspect of the process. The firm took care of everything. I would 100% without a doubt recommend him if I knew someone that need a personal injury attorney. Given the circumstances of our introduction I hope I never have to, BUT Bill Winters will definitely be my first call if I'm ever injured again!
marie silvers
marie silvers
They are the Best! They care about you as a person!
jorden reagan
jorden reagan
Everyone on their staff is amazing! Chris and Sara won my case and helped me out with an accident that occurred a few months back. They made the entire process so easy! They called with case updates but not too often where it was constant phone calls. It was just enough to know what was going on the whole time without being bombarded. Thankful for Tayler on their staff who helped inform me on why Winters and Yonker was the best choice to go with!
Kimberly Rushton
Kimberly Rushton
Yes, I would highly recommend winners in Yonkers. I worked with Trevor and Trevor was the best. I recommend anyone that ever needs a lawyer to go to them. They are the best.
Pat Pawelkop
Pat Pawelkop
Highly recommend. Bill Winters and his staff took time to answer my questions, and handled my case in a timely and professional manner. I almost didn't contact a lawyer over my "small" injury case because I feared it would be so difficult and stressful. But he got me the settlement that my insurance company owed me, and I would never have been able to do that on my own. And with less stress that I anticipated. I'm glad I called them.
Amysway Barton
Amysway Barton
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Certified Soul
Certified Soul
Winters and Yonker is who you want to go to when you get in a car accident because they will take care of you and won’t let you get low balled on your settlement. I got in a car accident where my back and shoulder was injured and I was referred to a attorney named Trevor. I appreciate Trevor for handling my case and keeping me informed with all the information I needed.
Sean S
Sean S
One of the best law firms in Tampa. My family was involved in a serious car accident. We went to that other personal injury firm with the two M's they were trying to make us settle the case quickly and they we're not listening to us with the arrogant attitude that they were the experts and we were just ignorant. We promptly fired them and then hired Winters & yonker. Our settlement was 5 times higher than what the MM wanted to settle for.I would like to thank Winters and Yonkers entire staff for a wonderful experience. They were all very knowledgeable and walked us through the whole process. We really felt like they cared, unlike the other firm.
Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson
I’m giving Winters & Yonker a shout out. My mother fell in Winn Dixie afew months ago. Her first choice wasMorgan & Morgan; however, after theinterview with them they decided not to take the case. My perception was that it was not a big enough case for them. I knew that she deserved to be compensated for her injuries, and I had mad faith in Winters & Yonker from using them in the past. They not only took the case but settled it in record time. Thanks Winters and Yonker, and I like to send a special thank you to Christopher Smith, who was never to busy when I needed answers. I would recommend your law firm to anyone. I found you to be ethical, professional, and respectful to my family, but most of all you will fight for the little guy. Much love and respect. God bless you all and your families👏👏👏👏
Reuben Rodriques
Reuben Rodriques
Other said it couldn't be done called your law firm and immediately you got on it impressive shocking furthermore you showed integrity did what you had to do though you didn't have to do it and I was shockingly pleased thank you you surprised me had I to choose any other law firm I would not hesitate to call you or share my experience with my friends thank you once again from me and my family amen
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Hameed Owens
Myrtle Graham
Myrtle Graham
I was searching for a local car accident lawyer near me after I was rear-ended by someone earlier this month. I was being pushed around by the at-fault driver's insurance company and needed some legal help.I found Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers through Google Maps and decided to get a free consult. I called the Tampa office of this firm and talked to them about my options. I briefly told them of my situation and was connected to Bill shortly after. He was extremely informative and was very professional. By the end of the same day he had me meet with a private investigator and referred me to a chiropractor nearby. Great customer service, and I look forward to how well my settlement will turn out. I know I am in good hands!
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