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Florida sees the highest numbers of pedestrian accidents

Florida is often the retirement destination for countless seniors. Unfortunately, it is also the location for the highest numbers of pedestrian accidents with resulting deaths than any other state in the nation. While Tampa and Miami residents are not in as much danger, the risk throughout the state is higher than average.

From 2004 to 2014, an estimated 5,142 residents were killed by automobiles. That statistic was complied by an organization called Smart Growth America, which publishes a report known as Dangerous by Design, tracking the top 100 areas that present the most danger to pedestrians. The report ranks cities and other areas by what is referred to as the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI), which tracks population, pedestrian numbers and the total figures for fatal accidents.

According to the figures complied by researchers, Americans face a greater danger from a pedestrian accident than they do from a natural disaster. The report also revealed that the two demographics that appear to be the most at risk from these collisions are the elderly and non-whites. The report claims that non-whites comprise approximately 34 percent of the population but make up more than 46 percent of the victims who die from these types of collisions.

While the majority of the blame for these pedestrian accidents is placed on poor engineering and road design, the organization sees little hope for change until safety becomes a higher priority than the speed of the traffic flow. Tampa or Jacksonville residents who have been injured in these crashes often fare poorly and may have lingering physical impairment for the foreseeable future. Moreover, the economic impact of these accidents can also result in victims or their surviving families sustaining significant monetary damages. In these cases, a successfully filed civil suit may allow these victims to recover the documented financial losses.

Source: Miami Herald, "Florida is the worst for pedestrian fatalities; Miami area comes in at 11", Ana Veciana-Suarez, Accessed on Oct. 29, 2017

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