Florida, one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians

The most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians is Florida according to a new report. Four cities in Florida have the highest number of pedestrian accidents in the United States on a per capita basis. Jacksonville came in third on the list of the country’s most dangerous cities for pedestrians. The Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida area topped out the list and the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida area came in second. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area was the fourth most dangerous metropolitan area for pedestrians.

The group Transportation for America created the 2011 Pedestrian Danger Index. The index was created using the number of pedestrians who died in accidents in comparison to the number of people who walk in the surveyed community. The most dangerous cities in the United States were areas in the South where streets composed of multiple lanes of high speed traffic without much sidewalk and crosswalk room are common.

Every year around 12 percent of car accident deaths involve pedestrians according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In the most recent data, senior citizens were twice as likely to be involved in a fatal pedestrian accident as those under age 65. According to the index the top five most dangerous cities for pedestrians to walk are Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami and Riverside, California.

Pedestrians in those cities and elsewhere should practice defense walking techniques in order to reduce risk. Pedestrians should wait and look by waiting for traffic signals to turn green before crossing. As they cross the street, pedestrians should keep an open eye for approaching traffic. Personal injury lawyers also suggest pedestrians should also wear bright colors in order to be better recognized. Pedestrians should also avoid wandering close to the road. Instead walkways and sideways should be used when possible. If no sidewalks are available, walk against traffic.

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