Florida tops the list from recent pedestrian danger studies- shockingly not once or twice but four times. The Orlando area is listed as the number ONE most dangerous city for pedestrians after a study following the trends and fatalities from 2008 to 2012. The second most dangerous region for pedestrians is commonly known as Tampa Bay (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater) with a vast area comprised of beaches, nightlife, and many active people on the roads. The third most dangerous is Jacksonville which is known for the congested highways and confusing traffic patterns. Last and certainly not least is the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area closely behind in fourth place. Brooks Law Group is in the center of the sunshine state and we take pedestrian safety very seriously. The need for modern technology to influence our safety is bigger than ever. Many areas are installing brighter lights that automatically flash to alert drivers when a pedestrian is crossing the road. Further engineering such as pedestrian bridges are critical as Florida plans to renovate and expand the I-4 corridor.
Between 2003 and 2012, 45,284 pedestrians were killed by vehicles across the country. The top twenty list of most dangerous cities for pedestrians have similarities like the lack of sidewalks combined with wide driving lanes which are a common design in southern suburban areas. Many of these cities listed are also tourist pockets bringing in travelers who are unfamiliar with driving practices in the community. The safety of children crossing roads from school should be the most critical to implementing safer streets. The NHTSA reports that in 2011 over 11,000 children under the age of 14 were injured by a vehicle.
Here is the top twenty most dangerous cities for pedestrians in the U.S. 2015:
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
- Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
- Riverside-San Bernadino
- Las Vegas
- Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
- Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta
- Nashville and surrounding areas
- New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner
- Austin-Round Rock
- Louisville and surrounding areas
Here at Brooks Law Group, we believe that getting real information is critical to public knowledge and safety. If you or someone you love was a pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident please do not hesitate to contact us immediately. We Mean Business. Call us now at 1-888-We-Mean-It.