Florida Regions Top the Danger List for Pedestrian Accidents

A USA Today article reports that Florida remains one of the deadliest states for pedestrians.

Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers are aware of the Transportation for America pedestrian safety report and warn all Floridians to be careful to avoid a pedestrian accident in Boca Raton, Fort Myers and elsewhere in the state.

According to a study by Transportation for America, a safety advocacy coalition, Florida holds four of the top five slots for the deadliest urban areas for pedestrians.

Study statistics pertaining to Florida included:

-From 2000 through 2009, 5,163 pedestrians were killed in Florida.

-In Florida from 2000 through 2007, the average Hispanic pedestrian death rate was 3.5 per 100,000 people. This rate is 37 percent higher than the non-Hispanic white rate that is 2.5. The average African-American pedestrian death rate was 3.7 per 100,000; this is almost 48 percent greater than for non-Hispanic whites.

-From 2000 through 2007, 853 senior (65 and older) Floridians were killed in pedestrian accidents. Florida’s older pedestrian’s death rate is 3.7 per 100,000 residents. By comparison the death rate for those under age 65 is 2.7 per 100,000 residents. This ranks Florida 7th nationally in death rate for pedestrians over the age of 65.

-270 pedestrians 15 years old and younger died in Florida between 2000 and 2007.

-Florida ranks first nationally with an overall Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) of 182.8. By comparison, the safest state in the nation is Vermont with an overall PDI of 11.2. The U.S. overall PDI is 56.8.

According to the study, more than 47,700 pedestrians nationwide were killed in traffic accidents in the last 10 years, and at least 688,000 were injured. Car crash deaths have dropped 27 percent over the past decade, while pedestrian deaths have fallen 14 percent.

National statistics include:

-Roads that are eligible to get federal funding for improvement or construction nationally suffered 67 percent of all pedestrian deaths.

-Almost 60 percent of pedestrian deaths happened on streets with a 40 mph speed limit or higher. Pedestrians have a slim chance (15 percent) of surviving a crash with a vehicle going 40 mph. By lowering traffic speed from 40 mph to 30 mph, a pedestrian’s survival rate increases to 55 percent.

-More than 40 percent of the 47,452 pedestrian fatalities in which the location of the collision is known happened on roads with no crosswalks. Arterial roads are high-speed, wide and high-capacity thoroughfares that usually lack crosswalks and sidewalks. Pedestrian fatalities in crosswalks happen about 10 percent of the time.

-Nationally, people older than 65 are almost twice as likely to be killed while walking as those under 65. Between 2000 and 2007, there were 8,458 pedestrians killed who were 65 and older.

-According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrian injuries are the third-leading cause of death for children 15 and younger. Nationally, between 2000 and 2007, 3,880 pedestrians 15 years old and and younger died.

Top Florida counties for pedestrian deaths from 2000 to 2009:

-Miami-Dade County: 753

-Broward County: 463

-Hillsborough County: 375

-Orange County: 371

-Palm Beach County: 339

Leading metro areas pedestrian deaths from 2000 to 2009:

-Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach: 1555

-Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater: 905

-Orlando-Kissimmee: 557

-Jacksonville: 342

-Cape Coral-Fort Myers: 178