Did You Know that Florida Leads the Country in Pedestrian Deaths?

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Florida ranks number one in the country for pedestrian deaths.  More people in Florida are hit by cars and killed than anywhere else.  Florida’s climate and vacation areas mean many people are outside walking to their destinations throughout the year.  More people walking leads to more people getting injured when cars strike them.  

But it is more than just the larger number of people outside that makes Florida number one on this list.  Research shows that streets are being designed to hold more cars which allows people to drive faster and makes them less safe for pedestrians. 

More people hit by cars means many serious injures for pedestrians.  Some of these injuries do lead to death, while other pedestrians recover and are left with lasting injuries and medical bills.  Call serious personal injury attorneys in Stuart if you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident.

If, after reading this article, you have additional questions about your own situation, then we welcome you to serious personal injury attorneys in Stuart, FL at Crary Buchanan.  At Crary Buchanan, we are proud of our standard of excellence, which has allowed us to thrive as one of the oldest law firms on Florida’s Treasure Coast.  

Our serious personal injury attorneys in Stuart, FL are passionate about giving you the highest quality representation.  Call us today at 772-287-2600, or schedule a free estate consult online with our online contact form.

1. Florida’s Top Ranking

Florida has consistently ranked at the top of the list for pedestrian deaths by Smart Growth America, an organization that studies pedestrian safety.  They use a Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) to determine which states are most dangerous for pedestrians.  

Between 2010 and 2019 there were 5,893 pedestrian deaths in Florida.  To put that number in perspective, the number two state on the list for pedestrian deaths is Alabama.  Between 2010 and 2019, Alabama had 936 pedestrian deaths.  In other words, Florida had 4,957 more pedestrian deaths than the number two state on the list of highest deaths.  

These numbers track deaths, but it also means there extremely high numbers of pedestrians injured by vehicles.  Many injuries experienced in pedestrian accidents are the fault of the driver of the vehicle.  When that occurs, the negligent driver needs to compensate the injured pedestrian.  Serious personal injury attorneys in Stuart can help get the compensation needed.  

Florida’s PDI in 2019 was 182, and currently, in 2021 it is 201.4.  So, the danger to pedestrians is increasing instead of decreasing.  That means it is important to be aware of the dangers of crossing any roadway where vehicles are present.

2. What Counties and Communities are More at Risk?

The study also looks at metro areas and ranks them.  Florida accounts for 9 of the top 13 metro areas for pedestrian deaths.   They are as follows with the ranking listed:

1. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida;
2. Palm Bay-Melbourne, Titusville, Florida;
3. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Orman Beach, Florida;
4. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida;
5. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida;
6. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida;
7. Jacksonville, Florida;
8. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida; and
9. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida.

Statistically, the elderly, people of color, and people walking in lower-income communities are more at risk for pedestrian accidents and death.  Smart Growth America finds that since people ages 75 and older are killed more often than younger people, that streets need to be designed better and accordingly accommodate a population group that may have some issues with seeing, hearing, and mobility.

Far too many people in Florida are injured and killed in pedestrian accidents.  Negligent drivers have to be held accountable for their actions and their inattention.  Anyone with injuries needs to consult serious personal injury attorneys in Stuart to discuss compensation.   

Serious Personal Injury Attorneys in Stuart, Florida Will Help Compensate You for Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents.

At Crary Buchanan, we are committed to providing clients with exceptional service in every aspect of premises liability and personal injury law.  You can depend upon our 85 years of experience in the Florida legal industry. 

Our legal team is passionate about maintaining the high standards of professionalism and legal service that were established and practiced by founding attorneys Evans Crary Sr. and Evans Crary Jr.  Evans Crary Sr. began his law practice in Stuart in 1927 at a time when Martin County was only two years old.  He became a municipal judge at the age of 25 and served as County Attorney for 23 years. 

During his time as County Attorney, he was elected to represent Martin County in the Florida Legislature.  In 1945 he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives.  He served in the House for nine years and even served as Speaker of the House before he went on to become a member of the Florida Senate.  Today, the Crary Buchanan law firm continues to practice the example of integrity, professionalism, energy, and devotion that was clearly illustrated in the lives of both Evans Crary Sr. and Evans Crary Jr.

Our clients are more than case numbers; they are people. We recognize that you are an individual with unique needs and expectations.  Our team is here to meet your need and exceed your expectations.  When you work with us, you can have confidence that a caring legal advocate is on your side.

If you have more questions or want a dedicated premises liability and personal injury attorney in Stuart to help you, call 772-287-2600 or schedule a free consult online with our online contact form.  You can always depend on Crary Buchanan for community, experience, and trust.  Call today.  

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