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Recent data released by Smart Growth America, an organization working to create safer communities throughout the U.S., reveals that Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation for dangerous pedestrian conditions. Between 2003 and 2012, 5,189 pedestrians in Florida were killed by motor vehicles. These deaths represented 17.7 percent of the state???s traffic-related fatalities, putting Florida???s Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) at 168.65 ??? higher than any other state in the country.
According to the data, 63.3 percent of the fatalities happened on arterial roadways, which are typically designed to maximize the speed of traffic and do not prioritize pedestrian safety. More than 73 percent of the deaths occurred on roadways with speed limits of 40 miles per hour or more, 3.7 percent were on roads with speed limits under 30 miles per hour and 1.4 percent were on streets with speed limits of less than 20 miles per hour.
In the area of Florida encompassing Bradenton, Sarasota, there were 172 fatalities within the same time period, accounting for 16.4 percent of all traffic deaths.
Reckless or negligent drivers cause many pedestrian accidents and injuries in Florida. These collisions may result from excessive speed, ignoring traffic lights or stop signs, distracted driving, fatigued driving or operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. In other cases, the collisions may be due to environmental factors like poor visibility, inclement weather and large potholes.
Injured pedestrians are too often underrepresented in the legal system and are not always given the opportunity to pursue compensation. After a serious accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver, speak with a dedicated pedestrian accident lawyer in Sarasota right away.