Florida Dominates the List of Most Dangerous Communities for Pedestrians

by Carmen Dellutri on June 17, 2011

Florida pedestrian accident injury attorneyIn previous posts, we have cautioned Florida pedestrians to use extreme care when navigating Florida’s busy intersections and roadways.  A new study further reinforces the importance of this advice.

Using 10 years of fatality data, Transportation for America calculated its Pedestrian Danger Index, which, among other things, considers the rate of pedestrian deaths relative to the amount of walking taking place in cities around the nation.

Four Florida communities topped the list of most dangerous communities for pedestrians:

  1. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL
  2. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
  3. Jacksonville, FL
  4. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach

Transportation for America, which advocates for alternative forms of transportation, argues that many pedestrian deaths are predictable and the result of design standards that prioritize the car above all else.

Pedestrian deaths are "typically labeled 'accidents' and attributed to error on the part of motorist or pedestrian," the report states. "However, the majority of these deaths share a common thread: They occurred along 'arterial' roadways that were dangerous by design, streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles."

As acknowledged by the Sun-Sentinel, much of Florida was developed during the age of the automobile and little attention was paid to pedestrian amenities like sidewalks. While many communities are now trying to play catch up, it is time consuming and costly to redesign intersections and roadways.

In the meantime, pedestrians should continue to be alert and cautious, especially in those communities listed above.

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 Florida pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

 

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