According to ClickOrlando.com, a study conducted by the National Complete Streets Coalition found that pedestrians are not very safe in Florida: The four most dangerous cities for pedestrians are all located in the Sunshine State, with Orlando topping the list.
According to the study, the four most dangerous cities in the US for pedestrians are:
“People need to slow down. People really need to slow down,” one local Orlando pedestrian told ClickOrlando.com.
Florida officials say large roads with six or more lanes could be to blame. Orlando is full of large streets with several lanes of traffic that can create tragic results when pedestrians are involved.
“When you look at State Road 50, S.R. 436, Orange Blossom Trail, which are typically our top three areas for pedestrians crashes, we do see pedestrians have to travel across six lanes,” stated Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes.
If You Have Been Seriously Injured in a Pedestrian Accident, You Have Legal Rights
The state of Florida needs to be more proactive in protecting its walking citizens. Pedestrian accidents are so dangerous because when you are on foot you are very vulnerable and exposed to the elements.
Pedestrian accidents often involve substantial injuries, like traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, since cars are often traveling at a high speed and the individual on foot is unprotected.
Florida’s motorists need to remember to do their part in helping to prevent pedestrian accidents. Drivers should always:
- Avoid distractions while driving, such as texting, applying makeup or eating
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Avoid blocking crosswalks
- Check the inside lane before turning
- Check carefully for pedestrians before backing up
Did You Know: Central Florida has ranked as the most dangerous metro region in the US for pedestrians from 2003 to 2012.
Colson Hicks Eidson – Injury Attorneys