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Lakeland Car Accident Statistics

Thousands of car accidents occur in Lakeland and Polk County each year. Collisions cause severe injuries, property damage, and monetary losses. Accident victims can also experience debilitating pain and suffering because of their injuries.

The Lakeland car accident lawyers of Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers understand the devastation caused by automobile accidents. We have over 119 years of combined experience handling personal injury claims. Through our dedication and aggressive legal skills, we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in jury verdicts and settlements since the firm opened in 2001.

Contact or call our law firm today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Lakeland car accident attorney at (863) 251-6196. We work on a contingency fee, so you do not pay any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. 

How Our Lakeland Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You With a Car Accident Claim 

How Our Lakeland Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You With a Car Accident Claim

Our legal team at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers protects car accident victims from unfair insurance tactics and insistent claims adjusters daily. Lakeland car accident attorneys handle all aspects of your personal injury claim so that you can focus on your recovery. 

We believe accident victims deserve fair compensation and to be treated with respect and compassion. Therefore, we work to maximize recovery amounts for our clients while decreasing the stress caused by dealing with an injury claim

When you hire us to handle your case, you can expect us to:

  • Evaluate your case and explain your options for seeking compensation for damages
  • Investigate the cause of your car crash to identify who is liable for your damages
  • Verify insurance coverage, file insurance claims, and negotiate settlements
  • Work with medical specialists, financial professionals, accident reconstructionists, and other expert witnesses as necessary 
  • Document your damages to calculate how much your car accident claim is worth
  • Aggressively negotiate a settlement agreement that compensates you for all losses
  • File a personal injury lawsuit and take the case to court if the insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith

You are not alone. Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help you with your accident case. We’ll use our considerable resources, experience, and skills to get you the money you are entitled to receive.

Contact our law office to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Lakeland, FL.

How Common Are Car Accidents in Lakeland, FL?

The City of Lakeland has the largest population in Polk County. Therefore, it is no surprise that our area has thousands of car accidents each year. 

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) tracks traffic accidents throughout the state. In 2021, the FLHSMV reported a total of 401,537 statewide traffic crashes, including 3,737 traffic deaths and over 252,000 injuries.

In 2022 the number of statewide collisions decreased, with 386,180, including 3,355 traffic deaths and 245,936 people injured.

Polk County and Lakeland car accident statistics between 2018 and 2022 are as follows:

  • 2018: 11,635
  • 2019: 11,963
  • 2020: 11,230
  • 2021: 13,391
  • 2022: 13,225

As of 01/07/23, there have been 14 accidents, 2 of them including pedestrians and resulting in 15 injuries.

Tragically, most car accidents are preventable. They are caused by driver negligence and wrongdoing. 

Drivers who cause accidents can be held liable for the damages they cause. However, injured parties have the burden of proving causation and fault before establishing liability for damages.

How Many Fatal Car Accidents Occur in Lakeland, FL? 

The number of fatal crashes reported in Polk County between 2018 and 2022 is as follows: 

  • 2018: 110
  • 2019: 115
  • 2020: 122
  • 2021: 171
  • 2022: 113

Typically, only around 1% of the county’s collisions result in death. However, that doesn’t mean fatal accidents can’t occur anytime. 

How Many Lakeland Car Accidents Result in Injuries? 

Here is the number of car crashes that resulted in an injury in Polk County over the last several years: 

  • 2018: 5,158
  • 2019: 5,231
  • 2020: 4,805
  • 2021: 5,744
  • 2022: 5,852

On average, around 43.5% of Polk County’s car accidents result in an injury.

Lakeland Bicycle Accident Statistics 

The number of bicycle accidents that occurred in Polk County between 2018 and 2022 is as follows: 

  • 2018: 142 accidents resulting in 3 fatalities and 131 injuries
  • 2019: 136 accidents resulting in 7 fatalities and 122 injuries
  • 2020: 140 accidents resulting in 4 fatalities and 127 injuries
  • 2021: 139 accidents resulting in 8 fatalities and 122 injuries
  • 2022: 166 accidents resulting in 4 fatalities and 156 injuries

The average fatality rate for bicyclists in Polk County is 3.84%, whereas the injury rate is around 90%. 

Lakeland Motorcycle Accident Statistics 

The number of motorcycle accidents that occurred in Polk County between 2018 and 2022 is as follows:

  • 2018: 313 accidents resulting in 12 fatalities and 274 injuries
  • 2019: 297 accidents resulting in 31 fatalities and 249 injuries
  • 2020: 283 accidents resulting in 25 fatalities and 229 injuries
  • 2021: 308 accidents resulting in 26 fatalities and 272 injuries
  • 2022: 298 accidents resulting in 20 fatalities and 255 injuries

The fatality rate for motorcyclists who are in accidents in Lakeland is higher than that of bicyclists. Motorcyclists have an average fatality rate of over 7%, but their average injury rate is lower, at 85.42%.

Lakeland Pedestrian Accident Statistics 

The number of pedestrian accidents that occurred in Polk County between 2018 and 2022 is as follows:

  • 2018: 302 accidents resulting in 23 fatalities and 225 injuries
  • 2019: 330 accidents resulting in 22 fatalities and 235 injuries
  • 2020: 292 accidents resulting in 26 fatalities and 170 injuries 
  • 2021: 335 accidents resulting in 27 fatalities and 189 injuries
  • 2022: 342 accidents resulting in 26 fatalities and 220 injuries

Polk County pedestrians and motorcyclists have a similar fatality rate of over 7%. However, the pedestrian injury rate averages around 65%, which is lower than that of bicyclists and motorcyclists. 

What Are Common Causes of Lakeland Car Accidents? 

The causes of car crashes in Lakeland include, but are not limited to:

Evidence proving fault for a car accident can include videos from traffic cameras, eyewitness testimony, and physical evidence. Your attorney might hire an accident reconstructionist to help establish the cause of a crash if the evidence is insufficient to determine fault.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Lakeland Car Accident Lawyers

The person who caused your traffic accident needs to be held financially responsible for the harm they caused. At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we work to ensure that negligent parties pay for the damages they cause. Call us to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Lakeland car accident attorneys.

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
Always available
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
Hameed Owens
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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