According to a study released this month by the non-profit organization Transportation for America, Orlando metro is the most dangerous metropolitan area in the U.S. for pedestrians. Pedestrian accidents occur at an alarming rate in Orlando, with 557 total pedestrian deaths occurring between 2000 and 2009. That number boils down to 3 out of 100,000 people being killed yearly in these accidents.
And Orlando isn’t alone. In fact, the top four areas listed in that study are all in Florida. Behind Orlando were Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale.
A high volume of drivers compared to walkers requires wide roadways that can move cars efficiently through the city and surrounding areas. But if you’re a walker, busy, high-speed roads can be dangerous and even fatal.
Crossing the street to a grocery store can result in a tragic accident, and these tragedies often occur when Florida drivers negligently fail to stop for a crossing pedestrian, do not obey speed limits, or are otherwise being inattentive to the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Orlando, Florida, please contact the experienced Orlando car accident attorney Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. to discuss your case free of charge.