A new safety report from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition revealed that the state of Florida leads the rest of the nation when it comes to the state with the most pedestrian deaths. According to data from the report, 9 out of the 20 deadliest cities in the United States for pedestrians are in the state of Florida.
The study looked at pedestrian accidents occurring between 2008 and 2017 and showed the number of annual pedestrian deaths has increased in the U.S. by 35.7% during this time-frame. A total of 49,340 pedestrians died between 2008 and 2017.
As the author of the report writes, “It’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of people dying every single month. Unlike traffic fatalities for motor vehicle occupants, which decreased 6.1% between 2008 and 2017, pedestrian deaths have been steadily increasing since 2009.”
In Florida, 5,433 pedestrians died during the 10-year span the study looked at. Florida averages 2.73 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people, while the national average is 1.55 annual deaths per 100,000 people.
The following numbers of pedestrian deaths were recorded in Florida during the last 10 years:
- Sarasota-Bradenton: 234 deaths
- Melbourne-Titusville: 245 deaths
- Daytona Beach: 265 deaths
- Orlando: 656 deaths
The study also revealed that the elderly, minorities, and people walking in poor communities are more likely to die due to pedestrian accidents. Intersections and crosswalks appear to be where the elderly are most commonly hit by motor vehicles.
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