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Not surprisingly, a recent study by Transportation for America ranked our South Florida region of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach as the fourth most dangerous area for car accidents and wrongful deaths involving pedestrians in the United States. According to the report, more than 1500 pedestrians died in car and truck accidents in the South Florida area between 2000 and 2009. That is a shocking number of deaths, considering many cities have actually installed additional safety improvements, including cross-walks with countdown clocks.

Thankfully, despite possible reductions in Federal funding, Broward County engineers, for the first time, have placed greater emphasis on the interaction between traffic and pedestrians, including bike riders, in their plans for roadway construction for the next 25 years. Such safety actions include the building of additional bike lanes and pedestrian walks.

While it is imperative for the Florida Legislature to continue with their studies to determine solutions for this epidemic, as personal injury attorneys we hope everyone remembers that old saying, “look left, look right, and look left again, before entering a roadway.”

As personal injury attorneys handling wrongful death cases throughout the State of Florida, we know too well how dangerous our roads are for pedestrians. Now, a report from Transportation for American and the AARP, confirms that Florida is the most dangerous state for pedestrians, as over 5000 died between 2000 and 2009.

Florida’s deadly accidents were more than 10% of the 47,000 pedestrians deaths confirmed nationwide from car accidents or truck accidents during the past decade. Not surprisingly, the four most deadly cities for pedestrians are Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Miami-Fort Lauderdale.

Incredibly, a means of reducing these needless deaths, including various proposals brought up in the Florida Legislature did not get enacted into law. Such proposals included fines for texting while driving and mandating classes for new drivers on the dangers brought about by texting behind the wheel. Not surprisingly, Florida remains one of the only states without such texting regulations. We can only hope that in the next legislative session, the carnage caused by such reckless behavior is finally addressed.

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