Florida remains the nation’s deadliest state for pedestrians, with several of its metropolitan areas ranking among the most dangerous in the nation as well.
Over the course of the decade from 2010 to 2019, South Florida had 1,675 pedestrian deaths, or 2.8 deaths per 100,000 people. That ranked 13th among the most dangerous metropolitan areas, with a death index of 171.9.
The Orlando metropolitan area was even worse, with three deaths per 100,000 residents and a pedestrian death index of 295, making it the most dangerous metropolitan area in the country.
Out of all states, Florida ranked number one for pedestrian deaths (5,893) and a death index of 201.4. People at higher risk of pedestrian death in the state were older pedestrians, people of color and pedestrians in lower-income communities.
In total, Florida had nine of the top 13 deadliest metropolitan areas in the country North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton came in at number 6, showing just how bad the problem is locally as well.
Awareness is crucial
Many who live here might not realize just how significant the problem is compared to other communities around the nation. But it’s true—pedestrian deaths are an epidemic in Florida.
It is critical for drivers and pedestrians alike to reduce distractions while on the road and make sure they proceed with caution every time they are on the roadway. Drivers must yield to pedestrians who have the right of way, and pedestrians should always cross at crosswalks or where there are crossing signals available. Drivers should also avoid speeding and other reckless driving behaviors, for the safety of pedestrians and everyone else who shares the roadway with them.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to file a personal injury claim for compensation. Contact an experienced Bradenton, Florida auto accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh for legal representation.