Florida is the Deadliest State for Pedestrians
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Jun 04, 2014 in Auto Accidents
Although walking is good for your heart health, a new study suggest that it could actually be dangerous. In the last decade, more than 47,000 people have died while walking along the roads thats about 16 times more people than the number of Americans killed in natural disasters.
Florida is ranked the worst state, although the top five most dangerous state were all in the south. What cities are the absolutely worst for pedestrians in Florida?
About 17 percent of Florida's traffic deaths were pedestrians, our neighbors in Georgia and Alabama are among the top five as well.
Unfortunately, a group that has the greatest risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident is the elderly. About one in five pedestrians fatally injured in an accident were older Americans. As baby boomers continue to age, the number of senior pedestrian accidents could grow even higher.
Every eight minutes someone is struck by a truck or car. Additionally, about 676,000 pedestrians were injured in the past decade during a crash.
Florida is working to increase pedestrian safety and has created a bicycle/pedestrian initiative. In central Florida, thousands of drivers have received warnings about yielding to pedestrians. Some changes can also be seen throughout South Florida with intersection signals are providing pedestrians more time to cross the road.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a pedestrian car accident? Contact a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer at our firm by calling 1 (855) 722-2552 to schedule a free consultation, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering.