Pedestrian Danger Index Shows Florida Ranks Number OneNovember 18, 2019 | Category: Pedestrian Accidents | Share
Florida ranks number one among all the states for pedestrian danger in Smart Growth America’s 2019 Dangerous by Design report. Between 2008 and 2017, drivers struck and killed 49,340 people who were walking on streets all across the United States. That’s more than 13 people per day, or one person every hour and 46 minutes. It’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of people crashing, with no survivors, every single month.
Cape Coral/Fort Myers ranked as the eighth most dangerous place for pedestrians.
NBC News reported that the City of Fort Myers said it is working on several major projects to make roads safer. These include removing center lanes on parts of US-41 and replacing them with medians so pedestrians are forced to use crosswalks.
Smart Growth America says, “Our federal government needs to take the lead in prioritizing safer streets. Federal dollars and policies helped create these unsafe streets in the first place. Federal funds, policies, and guidance have a significant role to play in fixing these streets and in designing the streets we’ll build tomorrow.” It asks for the following:
- Congress to adopt a strong, federal Complete Streets policy that requires state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to consistently plan for all people who use the street, including the most vulnerable users.
- DOTs and MPOs to put people first and give their organizations the tools and training they need to create transportation networks that serve all users.
- The over 1,400 communities that have adopted a Complete Streets policy need to turn their vision into practice and implementation.
- All people need to demand safer streets from the elected officials in their communities.
“Pedestrian fatalities are an epidemic in Florida, and we at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. urge all pedestrians to use crosswalks and drivers to drive responsibly. We are all pedestrians at one time or another and depend on drivers to drive undistracted and watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, and others sharing the roads. Should you or a loved one be injured in an accident, please contact our experienced legal team. We are ready to assist you 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Port Charlotte Pedestrian Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Port Charlotte Pedestrian Accident Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and Collier County 239.793.7748.