In a dubious honor, a study by the Transportation for America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership determined more pedestrians and bicycle riders are killed in car accidents in Florida than in any other state. Florida, including its heavily populated and tourist frequented areas of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, is now the deadliest for state pedestrians and cyclists.
Amazingly, 11.1 percent of all pedestrians, and 17.4 percent of all bicyclists, killed in traffic accidents across the United States, die in Florida. The results, while shocking, are not surprising as this marks the ninth consecutive year that Florida has ranked in the top three deadliest states for pedestrian and bicyclist deaths.
As personal injury attorneys practicing in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, we certainly hope our legislators take a hard look at these figures and institute greater safety awareness programs to turn the tide against such tragic losses.