Do Florida’s Roadways Need a Diet?

by Carmen Dellutri on March 7, 2013

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyFlorida is historically one of the most dangerous states when it comes to pedestrian accidents. The state recorded 487 pedestrian fatalities in 2010, the second highest total in the country.

As we have previously discussed on this Florida Injury Blog, one of the reasons that our roadways are so dangerous in that they are designed for vehicle traffic, not foot traffic. Therefore, it may be time to put our roads on a “diet.”

As explained by the Federal Highway Administration, a classic "road diet" involves converting an undivided four-lane roadway into three lanes made up of two through lanes and a center two-way left turn lane. The reduction of lanes allows the roadway to be reallocated for other uses such as bike lanes, pedestrian crossing islands, and/or parking. In fact, these road revamping projects have many safety benefits for both vehicles and pedestrians:

  • Decreasing vehicle travel lanes for pedestrians to cross,
  • Providing room for a pedestrian crossing island,
  • Improving safety for bicyclists when bike lanes are added,
  • Providing the opportunity for on-street parking,
  • Reducing rear-end and sideswipe crashes, and
  • Improving speed limit compliance and decreasing crash severity when crashes do occur.

This new strategy is being tested across the country with positive results. After a recent road diet in San Francisco, the total collisions during the 2-year period following implementation decreased by 20 percent. In addition, pedestrian accidents declined by 36 percent, even though the redesigned street attracted even more foot traffic.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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