Pedestrian Dies in Tragic Interstate 75 Accident in Florida
ALACHUA COUNTY, FL- Mycbs4.com writes that a pedestrian died this week on Interstate 75. The victim was identified as a 51-year-old man. Reports indicate that the man was walking in the inside lane of the interstate and heading southbound when an SUV struck him.*
Police stated that the driver was also heading south and did not see the victim as the road was not lit. The man was declared dead at the scene of the crash. The driver also sustained injuries.
Pedestrians in Florida face a higher risk of being struck and killed by a car than people in any other state. Additionally, nine out of the 20 most dangerous cities for foot traffic are located in Florida. The state’s roads are designed to facilitate high-speed traffic. The way these roads are built makes for risky walking.
One study that tracked the number of pedestrian fatalities over the course of a decade found that 5,433 people died in pedestrian crashes in the Sunshine State. When accounting for population size, the state’s Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) was calculated as 182.0. To put that number in perspective, the average for the country is 55.3, and Vermont, which is the safest for pedestrians, had a PDI of 13.8.
When looking at city-specific PDIs, Orlando had a 313.3. The numbers are drastically higher than many of the nation’s largest cities. New York’s PDI is 27.1, and Chicago’s is 34.5. While Florida’s cities are much more dangerous than many other cities in the country, major cities in Europe are safer still.
Risks to pedestrians are higher in recent years in part because of SUVs, which have become popular throughout the nation.
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