Pedestrian accidents happen more often than one may think. From 2003 through 2012, 47,025 people died while walking on America’s streets and another estimated 676,000 were injured—meaning someone on foot was hit by a car about every eight minutes. These numbers are part of a report released yesterday by the National Complete Streets Coalition.
According to the report, the number of being killed in traffic accidents while walking is climbing. A total of 4,280 people walking died in traffic crashes in 2010; 4,432 in 2011; and 4,743 in 2012. In 2012, pedestrians killed in car accidents represented nearly 15 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Where is the most dangerous place for pedestrians to walk? Sadly, it is right here in Florida. The report lists the most dangerous areas to walk in this order:
- Metro Orlando
- Tampa–St. Petersburg
Surprisingly, Boston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, New York and San Francisco were the metro areas ranked the least dangerous for pedestrians. To see where your area ranks, click here for the report.
Sadly, children being killed in pedestrian accidents remain a leading cause of death for those 15 years and younger. From 2003 to 2010, the number of children killed in pedestrian accidents nationwide is 68 percent higher than the number of children who drowned in swimming pools. If pedestrian accident were not grouped into the category of car accident deaths, pedestrian death would rank as the third leading cause of accidental injury death for children aged 1 to 15.
We can all do our part to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents. Drivers need to focus on all pedestrians and maintain their attention on the pedestrian until they pass them. Pedestrians need to watch out for vehicles and maintain a safe distance from the roadway and cross streets only when it is safe to do so.
Walk safely and watch out for those who don’t!
Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes represents those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.