Living in Florida often means enjoying warm weather year round. This causes many to increase their time outdoors, even skipping motor vehicles altogether to get from one place to the next. While there are a lot of health benefits to walking or biking, there are also many risks, as pedestrians and cyclists travel in areas where there is motor vehicle traffic. When a motorist is distracted, negligent or reckless, this could result in a collision, causing a serious or even fatal pedestrian accident.
Fatal pedestrian accidents
One would not think that walking could be considered hazardous to one’s health; however, based on the rate of pedestrian fatalities in the state of Florida, this is exactly what walking in the state could be viewed as. When compared to other sates, it is significantly higher in Florida than any other state. In fact, nine of the 20 deadliest cities for pedestrians are in the state of Florida.
Rate of fatalities in Florida
Based on data collected from 2008 to 2017, a total of 49,340 pedestrian deaths occurred in that time period. In other terms, that is roughly 13 people killed each day or one person at every hour and 46 minutes. Additionally, from 2008 to 2017, there was a 35.7% increase in pedestrian deaths.
In this 10-year period, the state of Florida experienced 5,433 pedestrian deaths. This is an average of 2.73 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people. The pedestrian danger index was calculated to be 182. To put that in perspective, the national PDI is 55.3 and the state of Texas is 111.9.
Victims and families have legal remedies
Falling victim to a pedestrian crash could result in significant and even fatal injuries. With the fatality rate in Florida being significant, many residents may experience the traumatic loss of a loved one due to a pedestrian crash. Thus, it is important that they understand what options and rights they have, as it is possible to hold a negligent motorist liable for the accident. Through a wrongful death action, it is possible to place liability on the driver while also aid in the recovery of compensation so losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and other damages could be addressed.