Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians according to a 2019 report from the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America. After comparing pedestrian fatalities with population figures, the two organizations calculated that Florida had a Pedestrian Danger Index of 182. This is more than three times the national average PDI of 55.3. Vermont emerged as the safest place in the country to make a journey on foot with a PDI of only 13.8.

The figures were even more sobering in some of the Sunshine State’s busiest cities. The list of the country’s 20 most dangerous urban centers for pedestrians featured nine Florida metropolitan areas. Orlando topped the list with a PDI of 313.3, which makes the city more than 10 times more dangerous for pedestrians than New York. The New York City and Newark metropolitan area has a PDI of 27.1 according to the report.

The researchers behind the pedestrian fatality report say that the problem in Florida is a road network that has been designed primarily to allow cars to move from place to place quickly. To reduce fatalities, the researchers say that intersections and crosswalks must be redesigned with pedestrian safety in mind even if that means slowing vehicle traffic. Researchers have also called for traffic calming measures to be implemented in accident hotspots as the chances of a fatality increase dramatically when pedestrians are struck by vehicles traveling at speeds higher than 30 mph.

Determining who had the right of way is often contested in pedestrian accident lawsuits. When representing pedestrians who were struck by motor vehicles, experienced personal injury attorneys might visit the accident scene to find out if any nearby buildings have cameras that could have recorded the events. When pursuing this kind of litigation, attorneys may seek damages to compensate injured pedestrians for their medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering.