- Pedestrian fatalities fell by 4.3% between 2011 and 2012 to 2.46 deaths per 100,000 residents
- This improvement may be due to Florida’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, which provides resources to improve local infrastructures.
- With one of the highest shares of the population in the country commuting more than 30 minutes per day
- Florida’s high pedestrian death rate may be due in part to its large elderly population, which accounts for 18.2% of the state’s total residents and is the highest proportion in the country.
- Residents over 65 years old account for a relatively large proportion of pedestrian deaths, and are more likely than other groups to be involved in accidents.
- According to a report by Washington-based Transportation for America (T4A), Florida is the most dangerous state for pedestrians.
- Using a devised rating system called the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI), T4A ranked Florida at 182.8.
- Only eleven states scored over 100
- Not only is Florida ranked as the overall worst, but Florida also sweeps the top four of the rankings of the most dangerous metro areas.
- The four worst areas for pedestrian safety in the United States were the Orlando-Kissimmee metro area, Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater metro area, Jacksonville metro area and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metro area.
- Hispanics, African Americans, low-income groups, and the elderly were more susceptible to pedestrian accident deaths.
- The National Safety Council estimates the comprehensive cost, including both economic costs and diminished quality of life, for each traffic death at $4.3 million.
- This means that in the last decade alone, pedestrian deaths cost the United States $180 billion, and Florida alone $22 billion.
- When a pedestrian is struck by a car, it is often a result of the poor design or condition of streets, roads, and sidewalks, as well as negligence of the other driver.