When it comes to pedestrian safety, Florida is considered the deadliest of all 50 states. A recent study done by Smart Growth America and National Complete Streets Coalition, titled “Dangerous by Design” ranked the Sunshine State as the most dangerous when it comes to car accidents involving pedestrian fatalities.
According to the study, there were 5,433 pedestrian deaths in Florida between the years 2008 and 2017. This figure is fairly significant considering approximately 49,300 people were killed nationwide in that same span of time by drivers.
The study used a measurement called the “Pedestrian Danger Index” or PDI to determine which U.S. cities were particularly deadly for pedestrians. The PDI measurement is based on the number of individuals who were struck and killed by drivers while they were walking, controlling for the number of individuals in that state or metropolitan area, and the share of people who walk to work. The study also received its data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which is a national database recording all traffic fatalities.
The data showed that the Orlando metropolitan area was the worst reported location for pedestrians with the Daytona Beach area coming in second. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area came in at number 14 for the most dangerous areas for pedestrians.
Overall, of the 20 metro areas considered unsafe or deadly for pedestrians, nine of them were Florida metropolitan areas. All six of the most dangerous areas reported were located in Florida, as well.
Pedestrian deaths have been on the rise since 2009. In fact, since 2008 through 2017, pedestrian fatalities increased by over 35 percent. As pedestrian accident attorneys, this is something we see all too often. The increase in Orlando pedestrian accidents and pedestrian accidents across the state has led to the development of extensive pedestrian laws in the State of Florida.
The increased numbers can be attributed to several factors, including the fact that more individuals are driving instead of walking to work. Additionally, street design in many metropolitan areas has not been designed or improved for these additional cars, thus making the streets more dangerous for walkers to travel safely along the streets. Many experts believe that street design is actually making travel more dangerous for pedestrians. Add the increase of distracted driving and smartphone use, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Pedestrian-related accidents in Orlando are quite common. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration supports this fact by reporting that the State of Florida has the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 population. It is estimated that approximately 4,280 pedestrians lost their lives in 2010 in the U.S., with 487 of these being from Florida. We offer some important pedestrian safety tips on our auto accident blog.
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