Ocala Car Accident Statistics
Ocala, Florida, is home to more than 64,000 people and welcomes thousands of workers, visitors, and tourists every year. While it might not be one of the biggest cities in Florida, it has its fair share of car accidents.
In fact, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that about 1.7 percent of the state’s car accidents occur in Ocala and surrounding cities in Marion County.
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How Common Are Car Accidents in Ocala?
Every year, thousands of car accidents are reported in and around Ocala, Florida. Overall, total collisions declined in 2020 but surged the following year.
Between 2018 and 2021, traffic accidents in the area increased by almost 18 percent.
- 2018: 6,113
- 2019: 6,353
- 2020: 5,198
- 2021: 7,132
- 2022: 4,683
In the first nine and a half months of 2022, there have been 4,683 auto accidents reported in and around Ocala.
Based on 2022 car accident statistics, there are about 16.4 collisions reported in Ocala every day.
Ocala Car Accidents Resulting in Physical Injury
About half of all car accidents in Ocala result in at least one physical injury. Statewide, only about 40 percent of car accidents cause an injury. This makes Ocala a more dangerous place to drive (statistically speaking).
Both the number of injury-causing crashes and injuries reported after Marion County car accidents have increased since 2018.
- 2018: 3,135 accidents resulting in 5,210 injuries
- 2019: 3,179 accidents resulting in 5,267 injuries
- 2020: 2,993 accidents resulting in 4,908 injuries
- 2021: 3,732 accidents resulting in 6,676 injuries
In the first nine months of 2022, 2,448 collisions have resulted in at least one injury. Preliminary reports indicate that 6,676 injuries have been recorded.
Fatal Car Accidents in Ocala
Dozens of people tragically lose their lives in Ocala-area car accidents every year. Both fatal crashes and fatalities have increased in recent years.
While the overall number of accidents decreased in 2020, fatal car accidents and fatalities surged. In fact, between 2019 and 2020, fatal crashes increased by about 15 percent, while car accident-related deaths increased by about 17 percent.
- 2018: 78, 84
- 2019: 82, 90
- 2020: 94, 105
- 2021: 84, 93
The year 2021 saw a slight drop in accidents from the year prior, but deadly car accidents and deaths were still up, overall.
In the first two-thirds of 2022, 61 fatal car accidents and 64 car accident fatalities were recorded in Ocala and surrounding cities in Marion County.
Ocala Crashes Resulting in Property Damage
Depending on the year, between 40 and 50 percent of car accidents in Marion County, FL, don’t cause a reportable injury or death. They only cause property damage.
Overall, the percentage of collisions causing property damage only has remained fairly constant. Only 2020 saw a significant drop in property damage-only crashes.
- 2018: 2,900 (47.4% total)
- 2019: 3,092 (48.6% total)
- 2020: 2,111 (40.6% total)
- 2021: 3,316 (46.4% total)
As of September 15, 2022, the rate of property damage accidents in Ocala has remained steady from the year prior, with 2,174 accidents reported (for 46.4% of the area’s total).
Car Accidents in Ocala Involving Motorcyclists, Bicyclists, and Pedestrians
Driving isn’t the only way to experience Ocala, Florida. Riding a motorcycle, biking, and walking are all increasingly popular forms of transportation in Marion County. However, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians do take risks by sharing the road with larger vehicles.
Motorcycle Accidents in Marion County, FL
Scores of motorcyclists are injured and killed in Ocala-area motorcycle accidents every year.
Between 2018 and 2021, motorcycle collisions increased by about 24 percent.
- 2018: 177 wrecks resulting in 9 fatalities
- 2019: 198 wrecks resulting in 10 fatalities
- 2020: 190 wrecks resulting in 12 fatalities
- 2021: 219 wrecks resulting in 20 fatalities
In the first nine months of 2022, there have already been 157 motorcycle wrecks and 17 fatalities recorded in Ocala and adjacent communities.
Bicycle Accidents in Marion County, FL
Riding a bicycle can be dangerous in Ocala and Marion County. Since 2018, Ocala’s roads seem to have become more treacherous for cyclists, as both the number of bicycle accidents and bike-accident deaths have increased.
- 2018: 47, 4
- 2019: 76, 1
- 2020: 61, 2
- 2021: 52, 3
Bike accidents recorded in 2022 have already surpassed 2021’s total. In the first nine months, 64 bicyclists have been involved in accidents. At least one of these collisions was fatal.
Pedestrian Accidents in Marion County, FL
Ocala is a somewhat walkable city, but pedestrians still take a risk by sharing the road with cars and trucks.
Every year, more than 100 pedestrians are involved in collisions in and around Ocala. Overall, pedestrian accidents have increased slightly in recent years. Fatalities have surged, with a 70 percent increase between 2018 and 2021.
- 2018: 135, 11
- 2019: 159, 20
- 2020: 144, 22
- 2021: 135, 18
In 2022, 91 pedestrian accidents and 9 pedestrian accident fatalities have been recorded.
Are Hit-and-Run Car Accidents in Ocala Common?
In 2021, there were between 4 and 5 hit-and-run collisions reported in Marion County every day.
Statistics reveal that hit and runs have increased in recent years.
- 2018: 1,274 hit and run accidents resulting in 400 injuries and 7 deaths
- 2019: 1,420 hit and run accidents resulting in 426 injuries and 3 deaths
- 2020: 1,275 hit and run accidents resulting in 391 injuries and 4 deaths
- 2021: 1,583 hit and run accidents resulting in 528 injuries and 4 deaths
Preliminary statistics for 2022 (through mid-September) reveal 1,053 hit-and-run accidents, with 332 reported injuries and 4 recorded deaths.
Ocala’s Most Dangerous Roads
Accidents can and do happen anywhere in Ocala, Florida. However, data suggests that some roads and intersections in Ocala are more dangerous than others.
I-75 runs through western Ocala, offering several opportunities for travelers to make their way into the city. Many of these offramps (and onramps) are hotspots for car accidents.
- Exit 350: I-75 and College Road
- Exit 352: I-75 and Silver Springs Boulevard
- Exit 354: I-75 and Blitchton Road
Other notably dangerous stretches of road in Ocala include:
- Pine Avenue and SW 17th Street
- College Road and SW 27th Avenue
- Silver Springs Boulevard and Pine Avenue
- Silver Springs Boulevard and SE 25th Avenue
You can exercise additional caution while using these offramps or traveling through these intersections in Ocala to reduce the risk of a crash.
Speak With an Ocala Car Accident Lawyer If You’ve Been Injured
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident in Ocala, Florida? Speak with an experienced Ocala car accident attorney at Allen Law Firm, P.A., for immediate legal assistance. You may have the right to compensation, and our award-winning Florida trial attorneys are ready to help you seek maximum damages from those responsible.
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Call our law office in Ocala, FL, to discover why you’ll want us fighting for you, too. We offer a free consultation, so reach out to our compassionate team to get started now.