Florida: Where seniors go to retire, snowbirds escape frigid winters, and
kids' dreams come true. Residents enjoy some of the world's most
beautiful beaches and a climate that many people envy. But when it comes
to personal safety, the Sunshine State isn't quite paradise. In a
recent study of car wrecks, assaults and murders, Florida ranks among
the least-safe states in the nation.
Basic survival needs are food, air, water, shelter, and clothing. Beyond
that, humans need safety to thrive. It’s the instinct for security
and stability that make us feel uncomfortable when we hear about incidents
such as school shootings, terrorist attacks, gang violence, and hate crimes.
Even nature itself can be frighteningly violent.
Of course, the concept of safety is somewhat subjective. Based on information
from several sources, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the
U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Census Bureau,
a recent study by WalletHub attempted to quantify safety in each state. The analysts looked at a wide
range of factors in five categories: personal and residential safety,
financial safety, road safety, workplace safety, and emergency preparedness.
Each of those categories was then evaluated using 37 relevant metrics,
and each of the metrics was graded on a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being
the lowest level of safety and 100 being the highest.
For example, in the personal and residential safety category, there were
11 measurable metrics, such as law enforcement employees per capita, suicide
rate, bullying incidence rate, active fire fighters per capita, forcible
rapes per capita, and share of elder abuse complaints. The total scores
for each state were calculated based on their weighted average across
all the metrics. Out of the 50 states, Florida came in at #42. That’s
right . . . only 8 states in the country ranked worse than our own.
Florida scored best in the personal and residential safety category at
#36 and worst in the emergency preparedness category at #43.
Several metrics contributed to the state’s low overall ranking:
- Share of population without health
insurance -- #47
- Sex offenders per capita -- #43
- Total loss amounts from climate
disasters per capita -- #42
- Fatalities per 100 million vehicle
miles -- #42
- Assaults per capita -- #40
- Fatal occupational injuries per
100,000 full-time workers -- #21.
Mississippi currently has the dubious honor of being ranked as the least
safe state, followed closely by Louisiana. Four out of five of the safest
states are located in New England, with the top spot belonging to Vermont.
While it can certainly be argued that even the “worst” areas
of the U.S. are safer than many other parts of the world, that doesn’t
mean there shouldn’t be concern. Car crashes, dangerous workplaces,
identity theft and the like are hazards that can change lives.
If you have any questions about this topic or believe that someone else’s
negligence or recklessness is responsible for your injuries, the attorneys
at Stabinski & Funt, P.A. can help. For 45 years, we have been the
trusted advocates for countless personal injury victims and their families
throughout South Florida. We offer risk-free consultations and work on
a contingency basis, which means that we do not require you to pay any
fees until we have secured a recovery on your behalf. Contact us today
by calling 305-964-8644 or filling out a
free case evaluation form to find out how we can help you.