Despite having a bounty of waterfront sidewalks in the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater area, Florida is nonetheless not a pedestrian-friendly state. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Florida is the #1 deadliest state for pedestrians.
Smart Growth America calculated a Pedestrian Index (PDI) for every metro area in the U.S. The PDI is gauged by the likelihood of a person on foot being hit by a vehicle and killed. It’s also based on a number of local commuters who walk to work. The average PDI in America is 52.2. Tampa/St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida has a PDI of 190.13. Because PDI is a measure that helps indicate how many people are out walking each day, the local PDI is important when taking into account the likelihood and risk of potential pedestrian accidents.
Due to the lack of protection on the part of pedestrians, accidents involving cars and people on foot are very serious. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident and are able or relatively unaffected, try taking pictures of the scene of the accident. It’s important to gather as much information as you can to provide your attorney. Any piece of evidence can be used to help your case. The team of experienced attorneys at Clark Law are not afraid to fight for you.