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Florida Leads Nation in Pedestrian Deaths

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jul 15, 2011 9:22:00 AM

Florida Leads Nation in Pedestrian DeathsAccording to a new report released by Transportation for America, 11.1% of pedestrians and 17.4% of bicyclists were killed in Florida making it one of the deadliest states for walkers and bikers.

Out of the top 10 most dangerous cities, four Florida cities made the list: Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami.

Data also reveals that Florida has been in the top 3 in bicycle and pedestrian fatalities every year since 2001.

According to the report, three factors may contribute to the high number of fatalities:

  • Massive population growth as Florida has developed faster than any other state
  • Tourism development as 80 million visitors came to Florida last year alone.
  • Climate may contribute to this high risk as more Floridians spend time outside.

How to Stay Street Smart

Here are some steps to ensure you prevent injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes:

  • Be especially cautious at intersections where drivers often fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians while turning to another street.
  • Increase self visibility at night by carrying a flashlight or investing in a clip-on blinking light that attaches to your clothes.
  • Cross the street at a designated crosswalk when possible. Wait for the crosswalk light to permit you to cross as well.
  • Avoid the use of your cell phone at dangerous intersections as it can distract you from incoming traffic.
  • Walk facing traffic to ensure you are seen and being seen.

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the legal team at Steven A. Bagen & Associates, P.A. Our personal injury lawyers have a vast amount of experience in dealing with pedestrian injuries and other personal injury cases. Contact us today for a free consultation.


Topics: Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury, Motorcycle Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Bus Accidents, Personal Injury Attorney(s), Personal Injury Law