Walking may be good for your health, but it also can be deadly—especially if you live in Tampa Bay.
A report released this week finds more than 43,000 Americans–including 3,906 children under 16–have been killed nationwide have died this decade on roads. In the last 15 years, more than 76,000 Americans have been killed while crossing or walking along a street in their community. The report equates this to a jumbo jet going down roughly every month.
The report, , ranks the 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. The top four are in Florida.
According to the report, the 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians in 2007-2008 were:
4. Jacksonville, Florida
5. Memphis, Tennessee;
6. Raleigh, North Carolina
7. Louisville, Kentucky
9. Birmingham, Alabama
The three safest cities were Seattle; Portland, Oregon; and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Many of the deaths occurred on streets that have few provisions for pedestrians, cyclists or those in wheelchairs. According to the report, of the 9,168 pedestrian fatalities in 2007-2008 where the location of the accident is known, more than 40 percent were killed in a spot where there was no crosswalk.
The report notes that only one in 10 pedestrian deaths occurred in a crosswalk. Sixty percent occurred on an arterial road where the speed limit was 40 mph or higher.
This report highlights the importance of all drivers being on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists to avoid a car accident. Also, walkers need to stay attune to the driving situations. Walkers should not wear headphones-they take the focus off the road. Stay alert to stay alive!
If you or a friend has been injured while walking Tampa Bay streets, you should talk to an attorney before talking to the insurance companies. Remember, insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their best interest–so should you! Click here to arrange a free case consultation with Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes. With offices throughout Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough County, Attorney Noyes can accommodate your schedule.