How Safe Are Tampa’s City Streets?

In 2017, more than 100 pedestrians were killed in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties. 22 bicyclists were killed that same year. In fact, according to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area is ranked the seventh most dangerous for pedestrians in the United States, seeing more than 80 pedestrians killed, on average, every year. Of course, as we’ve discussed before on our blog, seven of the ten most deadly cities for pedestrians are in Florida – a state with nine of the twenty most dangerous cities for foot traffic in the U.S.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 5,900 pedestrians die in accidents every year and those most at risk are children and the elderly – particularly in and around school zones or other pedestrian-heavy areas, though in Tampa, Bayshore Boulevard, Kennedy Boulevard, and similar thoroughfares pose dangers for anyone traveling by foot.

The dangers posed by walking in Tampa are so extreme, the issue took precedence at the third Tampa mayoral forum where, by and large, all seven mayoral candidates were in agreement on one major point: Tampa’s streets are not safe for pedestrians and something must be done about it.

Wrongful Death

Thousands of pedestrians are injured in and around Tampa every year. Victims of these accidents are entitled to hold the negligent party accountable and seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and personal pain and suffering. But what happens when a pedestrian accident results in a loss of life? What chance do surviving family members have for justice?

Not all pedestrian accidents involve criminal wrongdoing. That means, it is entirely possible for someone to injure or kill a pedestrian and be cleared of criminal charges. You can still hold these parties accountable through a wrongful death lawsuit, a civil claim that seeks needed compensation for families struggling with the untimely death of a loved one.

Through a wrongful death claim, family members may be eligible to seek:

  • Any related medical expenses
  • End of life expenses
  • Projected future wages and financial contributions
  • Lost retirement, 401(k), or savings
  • Increased household expenses

Family members may also be eligible to seek compensation for emotional struggle, loss of companionship, and loss of community.

Losing a loved one in a pedestrian accident is a tragedy that no family should have to suffer. However, when you do, knowing you have a strong legal support system can help you focus on those things that truly matter – like dealing with your loss – and help provide peace of mind while working to protect you against the predatory tactics of insurance companies who may try to prey on your sorrow to cheat you out of fair compensation.

If you live in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, including Brandon, Lakeland, Orlando, Sebring, and nearby areas, My Price Lawyers can provide you will affordable legal representation in your wrongful death claim. Call 800-475-7005 to schedule a complimentary consultation and learn more.

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.