Florida’s the place to be if you want to get hit by a car.
Pedestrian accident attorneys get more business here than anywhere else in the country. According to the safety group Smart Growth America, 9 cities in Florida are among the top 20 most dangerous places to walk. In a new report, the organization puts Florida at the top of its “Pedestrian Danger Index,” or PDI. The “Dangerous by Design” report list 8 Florida cities as being in the top 10.
The cities where you’ll be most likely to need a personal injury lawyer because of a pedestrian accident are:
- Cape Coral-Fort Myers
- Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville
- Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach
- Lakeland-Winter Haven
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
Recent Florida Pedestrian Accidents
Recent reports of pedestrian accidents from around the state include:
- A pedestrian accident killed a 40-year-old Hialeah woman on US 231 in Bay County
- In Orlando, a car hit a 33-year-old man who was waiting at a bus stop on Orange Blossom Trail.
- A driver struck and injured an 11-year-old Ozona student in Pinellas County.
- A car struck a mother and two children in Pensacola.
- In Sarasota, a car hit two people on John Ringling Boulevard.
- A pedestrian accident killed a Sanford woman walking across State Rd 415 in Osteen.
- In Orlando, on Rt. 417, a Road Ranger was hit by a car as he investigated a crash scene.
Taking Steps to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents
In an attempt to make Florida a less dangerous place to walk, Orlando is working with safety experts. The city has begun a pilot project called Best Foot Forward with Smart Growth’s National Complete Streets Coalition. The project, on Curry Ford Rd., aims to educate and inform the community about the dangers of pedestrian accidents. You can follow their progress on their Facebook page.
If a pedestrian accident has stopped you in your tracks, you’ll need to talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact the Orlando car accident attorneys at Martine Manglardi. Call 407-846-2240 for a free consultation. Offices throughout Central Florida.