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A nationwide study about pedes­trian injuries and fatal­ities was just released. The 2014 “Dangerous By Design” Report finds that FOUR FLORIDA CITIES — Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Miami — are the four most dangerous cities in the United States for pedes­trians. This is disap­pointing and tragic – but it should come as no surprise. Orlando, Tampa/St. Pete, Jacksonville and Miami were ranked as the four worst cities in the 2011 Dangerous By Design Study! The study evaluates America’s cities by a “Pedes­trian Danger Index” (PDI) that indicates how likely a person on foot is to be hit and killed by a motor vehicle. The from 2003 to 2012, the national “Pedes­trian Danger Index” was 52.2. The four Florida cities are more than THREE TIMES AS DANGEROUS as the national average. Jacksonville’s PDI was 182.71, Orlando’s was 244.28, and Tampa’s was 190.13.

Attorney Chris Burns was inter­viewed by First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida and asked to share his expertise on why Florida has this problem of pedes­trian fatal­ities and how we can solve it. Chris Burns believes pedes­trian fatal­ities are exacer­bated by three different issues – (1) lack of adequate pedes­trian and bicycling facil­ities on roadways; (2) vehicles traveling at too high speeds, especially in the urban core of our Florida cities; and (3) a culture in Florida which gives “lip service” to providing safe and conve­nient access to walkers and bicyclists on roads, but which really only favors motorists. There are too many roads without adequate pedes­trian cross­walks, signals to accom­modate pedes­trians, or lights that are timed to give walkers too little time. There are too many long, straight roads, even going through the urban core of Florida cities, which allows motorists to drive too fast. If you are a pedes­trian hit by a car traveling 20 mph, you have only a 5% chance of dying. If you are hit by a vehicle traveling at 40 mph, you have over a 90% chance of losing your life. Please see the interview Chris provided to First Coast News:

Chris urges Florida cities to improve their infra­structure. Cities should adopt “complete streets” policies, but also put actual design standards into place for roadway construction that uphold the principals of “complete streets” policy.

If you have been a victim of a bicycle or pedes­trian accident and want a lawyer to fully and fairly and vigor­ously protect your rights, please contact Terrell Hogan attorney Chris Burns. Consul­ta­tions are always free of charge.