The Florida Crash Dashboard reports there were over 8000 crashes involving pedestrians in 2020, taking the lives of 713 people and injuring another 7935 people. According to StrongTowns.org Florida had 5,893 pedestrian fatalities in the decade from 2010 to 2019. That's 11% of all pedestrian accident deaths in the US during that decade yet Florida is only 6.5% of the U.S. population. Orlando ranked first per capita among metropolitan areas with three deaths per 100,000 residents, Miami-Dade, Daytona, Jacksonville, and Tampa-St. Pete were not far behind.
When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or even a bicycle, the consequences can be devastating, often resulting in serious injuries or death. Our pedestrian accident attorneys are knowledgeable in the laws and regulations that apply to pedestrian accidents and experienced in representing injured pedestrians and their families. If you or a loved one was injured or killed while traveling on foot in Florida, call us.
Pedestrian accidents are commonplace because pedestrians share space with motor vehicles in many settings, such as when crossing or traveling alongside the street or sidewalk. In these circumstances, pedestrians are vulnerable to being injured or even killed. University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research tells us:
Streets are primarily designed for use by cars and trucks and in some instances have layouts that are very unsafe for pedestrians. These factors, combined with the many drivers who are speeding, texting, or otherwise distracted, creates an extremely hazardous environment for pedestrians.
Who is most at risk?
According to the CDC, pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 20% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 10% of all pedestrian injuries in 2017. One in every five children under the age of 15 who died in traffic crashes were pedestrians in 2017.