According to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. has reached a 28-year high. The GHSA determined that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in a vehicle crash in 2018 which is a 4 percent increase from 2017. Just five states were responsible for 46 percent of all fatalities - Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia and Texas.
Six Florida Cities Rank at the Top for Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Another safety report from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition compiled data from the last 10 years which revealed that Florida is once again considered the most dangerous for pedestrians. According to the report, 8 out of the 10 deadliest cities in the U.S. for pedestrians are in the state of Florida with the Orlando topping the list. Here is the list of those 10 cities:
- Orlando, Florida
- Daytona Beach, Florida
- Palm Bay, Florida
- Sarasota, Florida
- Lakeland - Winter Haven, Florida
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Bakersfield, California
- Cape Coral - Fort Myers, Florida
- Tampa, Florida
- Jackson, Mississippi
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Statistics in the United States & Florida
It has been determined that pedestrian fatalities have increased by 35 percent in the last decade with a total of about 50,000 pedestrians losing their lives in the U.S. This means that 13 pedestrians are killed each day.
In Florida alone, there were 5,433 pedestrian deaths in this same ten year span which is equivalent to 2.73 deaths per 100,000 people. This is much higher than the national average which is 1.55 annual deaths per 100,000 people. Orlando accounted for over 12 percent with 656 fatalities which is more than double the following cities at the top which include Daytona Beach with 265 deaths, Palm Bay with 245 deaths and Sarasota - Bradenton with 234 deaths.
What are the Causes for the Increase in Pedestrian Deaths in Florida?
There seem to be a handful of factors that are responsible for the increase in fatal pedestrian accidents in Florida. These include:
- Increase in SUVs and trucks which are more likely to kill a pedestrian because of the size and weight of the vehicle.
- Distracted driving usually due to smartphone use.
- Driving under the influence as well as pedestrians making poor decisions because they were impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Increase of population which puts more drivers and pedestrians on Florida roads.
- Pedestrians crossing where they shouldn’t because of the insufficient amount of traffic lights and crosswalks.
- Lack of buses and other transit systems to accommodate those who don’t have a vehicle.
Have You Lost a Loved One in a Florida Pedestrian Accident?
If you have recently lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident in Florida, you may not feel up to the tasks involved in bringing a wrongful death suit. When you’re grieving, it can seem overwhelming. An experienced wrongful death attorney can remove much of the burden and take care of the tasks involved in pursuing a claim, allowing you and your family the time to heal from your loss.
Attorney Jim Dodson has been successfully handling pedestrian death claims for over 25 years. He can advise you about the details of your case that will help you obtain the compensation your family deserves. If your loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident due to a negligent driver contact us online or call us directly at 727-446-0840 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Jim Dodson Law proudly represents accident victims throughout Florida including, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Sanford, Fort Myers and other cities.