As recently reported by WFTV, a Greyhound bus hit and killed a pedestrian in Orlando. Click Orlando reported on another pedestrian accident in which a child was hit by a car, prompting a business owner who caught the collision on video to call for changes to be made to the sidewalk. These are two of a huge number of incidents involving pedestrians that have occurred in this city. Orlando is the third most dangerous metropolitan area for pedestrians out of 104 metropolitan areas ranked on fatality risks.
Not only is Orlando dangerous, but the entire state of Florida is unsafe for people to walk around. Changes need to be made to reduce the dangers to pedestrians, including making the streets more friendly to walkers and ensuring that drivers follow the rules of the road. Until major shifts take place, Florida is going to continue to be a high-risk locale for pedestrians. Those who want to walk need to be aware of the risk, and should know their legal rights in case they are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.
The Risks of Pedestrian Accidents in Orlando
Next City published the rankings of pedestrian accident risks which showed how dangerous Orlando, and all of Florida, are for walking. To get an accurate idea of how many people walk in each state, researchers looked at the number of people commuting to work. This number was compared with the number of pedestrian fatalities to create a Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI). PDIs from different cities and different states were ranked.
This ranking had the state of Florida as number one on the list of most dangerous places for pedestrians. In Florida, the PDI was 177. If you compare that to Vermont, which was the safest place for pedestrians, their PDI was only 11.4.
A total of 104 metro areas were also compared to see which had the worst PDIs. Orlando was third, with a PDI of 234.7. Cape Coral and Palm Bay, two other metro areas in Florida, were the only metro areas which had a higher PDI and were considered less safe for walkers. By comparison, the metro area that was the safest for people who walk was Colorado Springs with a PDI of just 13.5.
Obviously, people in Orlando and statewide are not going to stop walking, even with the elevated dangers. Pedestrians need to make certain to always pay attention to their surroundings in order to try to avoid getting hurt. If you choose your own two feet as your means of transportation, it is a good idea to try to stay on sidewalks whenever possible, and make sure to cross only at designated crosswalks. Taking these simple measures can help reduce the chances of a serious or fatal pedestrian accident occurring.