Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Pedestrian Accidents Are on the Rise in Florida (Statistics)

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Pedestrian accident injuries are causing devastating injuries in Florida.
By Osborne & Francis
May 12, 2024
The rise of pedestrian accidents in the Sunshine State has become a critical issue, demanding a closer look at the factors contributing to this alarming surge.

From the bustling streets of Miami to the charming neighborhoods of Orlando, no corner of the state seems immune to the growing challenges faced by pedestrians.

This article explores the potential causes behind pedestrian-vehicular accidents, and examines the repercussions for victims and their families. As we navigate this complex landscape, our goal is to raise awareness about pedestrian safety and the legal recourse available to those who find themselves victims of such unfortunate incidents.

In a state renowned for its vibrant culture and diverse communities, the surge in pedestrian accidents serves as a poignant reminder of the need for heightened vigilance and comprehensive legal support. As we address the issues at hand, we'll also explore the role of injury lawyers in advocating for justice and seeking compensation for those affected by these accidents.

If you need representation for a pedestrian injury claim, contact Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 right away. Together, we'll work towards creating safer streets, and ensuring that you and your family secure the financial support you deserve.

Read on for recent statistics on pedestrian accidents in Florida.

Injuries on the Rise: Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Here are some recent statistics and facts on pedestrian accidents in Florida:

  • The Orlando metro area had a total of 740 fatalities and ranked #1 in pedestrian deaths.
  • South Florida had 1,675 pedestrian accident deaths per 100,000 residents.
  • The total fatalities for Florida pedestrians in 2020 was 716, a 183 fatality increase. There was a roughly 31% increase in pedestrian fatalities in Florida in the first half of 2021.
  • Florida made up 12% of all pedestrian traffic fatalities in the United States in one year.
  • The state saw 444 pedestrian deaths in that time frame, which was the second-highest count in the country behind California.

These rising numbers are disturbing. By holding unsafe drivers accountable, you can help improve the streets for all residents. 

At Osborne & Francis, we live and work and raise our families in Florida too, and are committed to community safety. Let us help you recover after a pedestrian accident — reach us online or by calling (561) 293-2600.

Where Are the Most Dangerous Roads in Florida for Pedestrians?

Some of the most dangerous cities in Florida for pedestrians include Pompano at #1 (with over 8 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents in one year), Fort Lauderdale, and Tampa.

With an Osborne & Francis office in West Palm Beach, we’ve noted several recent and deadly pedestrian incidents at certain locations:

  • A fatal crash involving two pedestrians on Village Boulevard between Cumberland Drive and Brandywine Road
  • A hit-and-run crash near around 4:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of South Military Trail
  • A harrowing 8-hour span in which two pedestrians were killed and one injured in three separate crashes in the 2000 block of Military Trail, the 5400 block of Summit Boulevard, and the 7700 block of Forest Hill Boulevard

See our blog on the top three most dangerous roads in Florida, and stay safe.

The 5 Most Common Injuries in Florida Car-Pedestrian Accidents (Statistics)

Here are the five most common injuries suffered by pedestrians involved in a collision with a vehicle:

  • Injuries to the legs and lower torso: Most pedestrian injuries begin at the legs and lower torso, which bear the brunt of the car’s initial impact.
  • Head and neck injuries: The second most common pedestrian injuries involve the head, spine, and skeletal frame.
  • Lacerations (cuts) and disfigurement: These are common pedestrian injuries that can cause long-term emotional harm.
  • Injuries to the upper extremities: This includes the arms, hands, and fingers — injuries to the upper limbs inhibit a person’s ability to work and earn a stable income.
  • Fatalities and long-term disability: Paralysis and death are some of the most severe and devastating results of pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrian injuries are generally more severe than those experienced by motor vehicle occupants. Traumatic brain injury is diagnosed in 6% of pedestrian emergency department visits and is implicated in 55% of pedestrian deaths.

What Are the Top Causes of Florida Auto-Pedestrian Accidents? (Statistics)

The top causes of automobile vs. pedestrian accidents in Florida are:

  • Speed: Higher vehicle speeds increase the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck in a car accident. High speeds also increase the severity of the injury.
  • Location: Most pedestrian deaths (60%) occur on high-capacity urban roads that typically have posted speed limits of 45-55 miles per hour.
  • Vehicle size: Larger vehicles like commercial trucks can cause more severe injuries to pedestrians.
  • Alcohol: Impaired and drunk driving is a significant factor in many vehicle-related pedestrian accidents.
  • Intersections: The higher rate of deaths and injuries at intersections is most likely due to the higher concentration of pedestrian activity at intersections than on sidewalks or roadsides. Distracted driving also contributes to these incidents.

In a pedestrian accident injury lawsuit, these causes contribute to how our lawyers investigate liability. If an individual, company, or city is found liable for your injuries, you may be entitled to robust compensation to help you recover.

Contact Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers

The statistics surrounding pedestrian accidents in Florida paint a sobering picture of the challenges faced by individuals navigating the streets of this vibrant state. As we've examined the rising numbers and delved into the contributing factors, it becomes evident that there is a pressing need for collective efforts to address this issue head-on.

The impact of a pedestrian accident extends far beyond the statistics — it touches the lives of victims and their families, leaving a trail of physical, emotional, and financial burdens. As local injury lawyers dedicated to advocating for the rights of pedestrians, we stand ready to assist those who have been affected by these unfortunate incidents. 

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a pedestrian accident, contact us right away at (561) 293-2600. With locations in Orlando, Lakeland, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach, legal support is available to help you navigate the complexities of your case and pursue the compensation you deserve. 

Join us to work towards the justice you deserve, and in creating a safer environment for everyone on Florida's streets.

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