How safe of a place is Florida to commute by foot? Well, a recent report indicates that many places in the state present a high level of danger for pedestrians as compared to other parts of the country.
The report ranked the nation’s 104 largest metro areas based on how dangerous they are for pedestrians. The measure the report used for coming up with these rankings was “Pedestrian Danger Index.” This index was calculated using fatality, population and by-foot commuting prevalence data for the metro areas. For the purposes of the rankings, a higher PDI means more pedestrian danger.
Florida cities didn’t fair terribly well in the rankings. Florida metro areas held all of the top seven PDI scores in the country.
How did West Palm Beach do in the rankings? Well the metro area the report put it in, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area, was not among the seven Florida metro areas that held the top spots nationally for pedestrian danger. However, it only missed being on this list by a few ranks. The report indicated that the area had the 11th highest PDI in the country.
Why do you think so many Florida cities ranked so high for pedestrian danger? What do you see as the biggest risks facing pedestrians here in West Palm Beach and Florida as a whole? What would you like to see done to address these risks?
When a driver acts carelessly out on the roads, pedestrians are among the individuals the driver could be exposing to incredibly serious consequences. Such consequences could include life-altering injuries, such as spine, brain, leg, arm or internal injuries. When a pedestrian is hit by a negligent driver while out walking in Florida, they may want a skilled lawyer’s help in fighting for just compensation for their injuries.
Source: Miami Herald, “Walk of death? Florida is the most dangerous place for pedestrians,” Ana Veciana-Suarez, Jan. 10, 2017