No matter if they are walking, running or simply strolling along, an increasing number of Florida residents are taking to the sidewalk to get where they are going. Florida’s warm weather and seemingly endless array of recreational activities encourage people to step outside whenever possible and enjoy their surroundings. Unfortunately, though, the large number of pedestrians on Florida sidewalks and pedestrian zones also translates into a higher number of painful injury incidents.
Pedestrian accident incidents are a major issue across the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Close to 76,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic collisions in 2012, and more than 4,700 accident victims were fatally wounded. Those troubling figures reflect a six-percent increase in fatality incidents from the year before, and account for 30 percent of all traffic-related injuries. While pedestrian accident injuries are a major problem on the national level, there is evidence to suggest that incident rates are especially high in the sunshine state.