A study published by Transportation for America reports that the state of Florida is home to the top four most dangerous cities for pedestrians. Orlando/Kissimmee, Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Miami/Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville are the four metropolitan areas that top the list of the organization’s “Most Dangerous Cities for Walking.” The list is based on injury and fatality statistics gathered between 2007 and 2008. During that time, Orlando had the most fatalities, averaging nearly 3 deaths per 100,000. That number is especially high, given the fact that only 1.3 in 100,000 people walk as a primary means of transportation to get to work.
Pedestrian Fatalities in the United States
Across the country, pedestrians account for more than 76,000 American deaths in the last 15 years. Children, elderly and ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented in this figure, according to Transportation for America, but anyone can be the victim of a distracted or negligent driver, no matter what their age or physical ability. Speeding, drunk driving and driver error are typically to blame for pedestrian fatalities. In addition, dangerous roadways without sidewalks or dedicated crosswalks also increase the risk of injury and death for pedestrians.
Although there are several organizations like T4A that are fighting for safer streets, these accidents continue to occur daily. If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed by a negligent driver while walking, you deserve justice. A personal injury lawyer in Florida can help defend your case and get you compensation for your loss.