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Texas pedestrians are at risk

An average of thirteen pedestrians die each day around the country after being struck by a vehicle, according to reports from an advocacy group. In 2014, these types of accidents took the lives of nearly 5,000 pedestrians, and the rate is increasing. The report found that pedestrian fatalities are disproportionately higher in low-income neighborhoods, and about 45 percent of pedestrian fatalities that occurred from 2005 to 2014 were Hispanics and non-whites.

While most pedestrian fatalities transpire in major metropolitan areas, the study found that smaller cities are more dangerous on a per-pedestrian rate basis. The cities ranked in the study as the most dangers for pedestrians during 2016 were found in Florida, and the number one cities were Cape Coral and Fort Myers, according to the study's Pedestrian Death Index. The second most dangerous cities were Palm Bay, Melbourne and Titusville, Florida. Orlando, Sanford and Kissimmee, Florida, came in third in rank, and Jacksonville, Florida, was fourth on the list. Bakersfield, California, was ranked as the twelfth most dangerous metro area for pedestrians.

Poor road infrastructure is to blame for many of these pedestrian fatalities. Because many streets are designed like highways, with lanes that are straight and wide, motorists are encouraged to speed. This puts pedestrians in harm's way, especially in heavily populated neighborhoods. According to a representative for the National Complete Streets Coalition, pedestrian-friendly complete streets have made it safer for pedestrians in several dozen metro areas. These streets are designed with safety features such as sidewalks, pedestrian countdown signals and narrower lanes.

People injured in pedestrian accidents caused by negligent drivers might want to speak with a personal injury attorney about filing a lawsuit. Compensation sought could include medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable amounts.

Source: Facts Coexist, "These Are The Most Dangerous Places To Walk In America", Ben Schiller, Jan. 10, 2017

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