Tragically, people walking on sidewalks and along roadways are struck and killed every day in the US. Florida is no exception. In fact, Florida cities tend to rank in the top US cities with the highest rates of pedestrian accident deaths.
In a report from Smart Growth America entitled Dangerous by Design, multiple Florida metropolitan areas rank among the most dangerous for people traveling by foot. It's important to note that this report does not rank danger by number of pedestrian deaths overall. Instead, it factors in population, number of people commuting to work on foot and number of pedestrian deaths.
The Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro area ranked No. 1 in the report. But that's not all. Here are the other Florida areas that made the list and their positions in the report:
2. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville
5. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach
6. Lakeland-Winter Haven
7. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
10. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton
11. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach
In terms of overall pedestrian deaths, Florida ranked second to California. Preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association shows 273 pedestrian deaths in the state from January to June 2015, and 347 such deaths in California during the same time period. But Florida shows the highest rate per 100,000 people, at 1.35 per 100,000.
Distracted driving, lack of pedestrian infrastructure, lack of sidewalks, drunk driving and even lower gas prices (because of more drivers driving more miles) may be contributing to high rates of pedestrian deaths.
If you have been injured in an accident, or if your family has suffered the tragedy of losing a loved one to a pedestrian accident in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton or the surrounding areas of Florida, experienced attorney Eric G. Canter can help you decide what to do next. For a free case evaluation, we are available by phone – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – at 561-447-4500.