With sprawling beaches, a warm, pleasant climate and plenty of tourist attractions around the state, Florida might seem like a pedestrian’s dream vacation destination or the perfect place to live year-round. However, an analysis of crash statistics makes it clear that the state is actually a dangerous place for those who prefer to travel on foot.
Walking instead of driving is a smart choice if you want to be healthy, reduce your environmental impact or just avoid traffic, but it can also mean getting into a crash with a big vehicle, which could prove fatal. When compared with other states, Florida has shockingly high rates of pedestrian fatalities due to vehicle crashes. That means that you and your loved ones have risk anytime you walk somewhere.
Florida is one of the 5 most dangerous states for pedestrians
According to data from the Governors Highway Safety Association, Florida is among the five states responsible for about 47% of all fatal pedestrian accidents. Florida sees hundreds of pedestrian deaths each year, and the number has been rising in recent years.
Factors including impaired and distracted drivers played a role in many of these crashes. People in vehicles may fail to notice the pedestrian until it’s too late, with tragic consequences.
What makes Florida so dangerous for those walking?
There are a number of factors that contribute to how dangerous the Florida roadways are. The surging popularity of bigger vehicles is certainly a contributing factor, as is the culture of somewhat aggressive driving across the state.
All of the tourism traffic is one of the concerns that potentially leads to danger. Those driving rental vehicles may not be familiar with how the vehicle operates. They may wind up staring at a GPS screen or desperately looking for road signs instead of focusing on safety. Tourists can also represent a risk for impaired or fatigued driving as they may get behind the wheel right after they get off a long flight or decide to drive the rental car back to their hotel despite having had too much to drink.
Whether you or a loved one got hurt or someone died in a pedestrian crash, you may have the right to pursue compensation through insurance claims and possibly even a lawsuit.