Pedestrians Beware! Florida is the Most Dangerous States for Foot Traffic

Pedestrian Walking in Front of a Car

According to data compiled by Smart Growth America, between 2005 and 2014, Florida saw more pedestrian deaths than any other state. The national average of 1.47 pedestrian deaths per 100k people is much higher, at 2.66 in Florida, resulting in 5,142 deaths during the 10-year study period and earning a 177 on the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI).

The PDI is a comprehensive review of crash data from the nation’s 104 largest cities and is calculated on the percentage of people who walk to work vs. the number of pedestrian accidents and fatalities. The national PDI average is 52.5, more than 3-times lower than Florida’s.

9 of the 20 most dangerous cities for pedestrians are in Florida. 8 of those are in the top 10.

Florida has earned the distinction of the most dangerous state for pedestrians due to our high rate of pedestrian accidents. The highest concentration of these accidents are, in descending order of frequency:

  1. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
  2. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida
  3. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
  4. Jacksonville, Florida
  5. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida
  6. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida
  7. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
  8. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
  9. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida

The first seven of these cities are also one through seven established by the PDI. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach come in at numbers 10 and 11 respectively, placing all nine Florida cities from this list within or just beyond the top ten most dangerous places for pedestrians.

Serious Injury

Reviewing a decade worth of pedestrian crash data, researchers identified approximately 676,000 non-fatal pedestrian accidents. This is the rough equivalent of one non-fatal pedestrian accident every eight minutes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of one pedestrian life was lost in a traffic accident every 1.5 hours in 2016.

When not fatal, pedestrian accidents often result in serious, life-altering injury. Sadly, for many pedestrians these injuries are improperly compensated, leaving victims of negligent drivers in a position of financial and physical struggle.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, My Price Lawyers is here to help.

Damages following a pedestrian accident may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Home modifications
  • Adaptive technology (wheelchairs, etc.)
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering

When you choose to settle through insurance, you may not even see a portion of what you are actually due. It is always a good idea to talk to an attorney before you accept an insurance offer.

Here to Help

My Price Lawyers is a referral network of serious injury attorneys near Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Sebring and nearby areas of Florida. Our pedestrian injury attorneys work on a contingency basis: if you do not secure a settlement, we do not get paid. You have nothing to lose by calling for a complimentary consultation.

To schedule your free case review with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, please call 844-716-8476 today.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

54.3 million Americans will travel 50+ miles for Thanksgiving this year according to estimates from AAA. Of those, nearly 49 million will travel by motor vehicle, slowing travel times as much as four-times over in some of the nation’s most congested cities – like Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Orlando – which can make driving very frustrating. Therefore, the very first tip to safe travel on Thanksgiving is: remain calm. Aggressive, erratic driving does not get you to your destination faster. These behaviors do, however, reduce your chances of getting to your destination alive.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips from My Price Lawyers

Drive Like Your Life Depends on It

The best way to drive, always, is like your life and the lives of everyone else on the road depends on your doing it well.

Driving well means:

  • Avoiding all forms of distraction. Cell Phones are no good while driving, but neither are handsfree alternatives. Have a passenger adjust electronics, music, and messages. You focus on driving. Just on driving.
  • Follow all traffic signs and signals. You’ll want to follow the flow of traffic, but not if that means speeding, making unannounced lane changes, or other inconsiderate driving behaviors.
  • Allow a sufficient gap between yourself and the car in front of you. 2-3 car lengths is ideal on the highway. This will give you plenty of time to respond to sudden stops or shifts in traffic flow.
  • Be nice. Drive with courtesy and be forgiving. The calmer you stay, the less awful traffic will seem. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and engage fully with what’s happening: it’s Thanksgiving. There is going to be more traffic. Some of it may be stand-still. This is just a fact. Getting frustrated doesn’t change reality.

Being polite, remaining calm, and paying attention to what you’re doing can help you avoid causing a motor vehicle accident during the Thanksgiving holiday travel week (Wednesday, November 21 – Sunday, November 25). Driving like it matters can also help you – along with everyone else who is riding in your car, truck, or SUV – avoid being the victim of someone else’s accident.

What Happens if I’m Injured?

If you are injured while driving to or from your Thanksgiving celebration, My Price Lawyers can help. We are a referral network of exceptional personal injury attorneys in Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Sebring and nearby areas throughout the state of Florida. While attorneys in our network offer legal services at affordable rates, they are neither “cheap” nor “discounted.” Instead, they are committed to helping victims of serious injury get justice and do not want current financial considerations to be an impediment to success.

If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer anywhere along the Gulf Coast, please call My Price Lawyers at 844-716-8476 to schedule a complimentary case review with one of our experienced lawyers today.

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