Walking is a great way to stay healthy, get fresh air and enjoy your community, but in Florida, you are more likely than in any other state to lose your life when walking. Florida is the most dangerous state for pedestrians and bicycle riders. If someone you cared about was killed while walking on a Florida road, you should contact us to find out more about whether you should file a wrongful death case.
Florida cities take the top four places for most dangerous cities for pedestrians. The metro areas of Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami are the most dangerous pedestrian cities in the country. More than 5,000 pedestrians were fatally injured in Florida between 2000 and 2009, and pedestrians represent nearly 12 percent of traffic fatalities in the state.
Most of these deaths occur on arterial roads with a speed limit of 40 miles per hour or greater. These roads often lack basic pedestrian safety features like sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing lights. These roads are designed for cars, not people, though they are often the only route to local amenities. This makes walking to the supermarket, the post office, school or a bus stop a dangerous undertaking.
For those who don’t have a car, walking on or near these busy roads is the only option. For some, using a wheelchair or mobility scooter on the paved part of the roadway is the only mode of transport available. While communities and state and local governments have been trying to improve these roadways to make them safer for pedestrians, it does not help those who have already lost their lives.
Drivers who speed make conditions worse and increase their chances of hitting a pedestrian. Those who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol or while sleep deprived or distracted only add to the danger. Road design and upkeep, lighting and a host of other factors can all contribute to the safety nightmare that Florida pedestrians face.
A person on foot is no match for the tons of steel in a motor vehicle. If a loved one lost his or her life in a pedestrian accident in Florida, there may be reason to file a wrongful death suit. The Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. is equipped to get the best possible outcome for you and your family in a pedestrian wrongful death suit. Call us now at 407-425-2000, or toll free at 877-354-6587 to get an experienced Orlando wrongful death attorney on your side.