Florida One of Five Worst States for Pedestrian Crashes
TAMPA, FL- Pedestrian crashes occur frequently in Florida, according to ABCACTIONNEWS.COM. According to a recent report published by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 2019 had some of the highest numbers of deadly pedestrian crashes in over 30 years. Those deaths are not dispersed evenly across the nation. In fact, close to half of those deaths took place in just five states. Florida was among those five, along with Arizona, Georgia, California, and Texas.*
Within a six month period in 2019, Florida saw 368 pedestrian fatalities indicating a rise as compared to the same period last year. The GHSA stated that many factors are impacting the increasing pedestrian death toll throughout the United States. The statistics indicate that the majority of these tragedies occur at night and outside of intersections. This fact could suggest the need for safer places for people to cross the road. Not only are pedestrian incidents more likely to take place at night, but nighttime pedestrian crashes are increasing far faster than daytime collisions are rising. Over the course of the last decade, the number of pedestrians killed at night rose by sixty-seven percent. Daytime pedestrian fatalities also increased, but by a much smaller sixteen percent.
Many unsafe driving practices come into play in these incidents. Speeding, driving drunk, and driving distracted can all make for dangerous circumstances. Alcohol, in particular, is an issue in almost fifty percent of pedestrian deaths, although the numbers include both crashes where the driver was drunk and those where the pedestrian was under the influence. SUVs and other larger vehicles on the road also contribute to the increasing number of pedestrian deaths.
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