CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – According to an online news article published by www.rochesterfirst.com, a wheelchair-bound man was fatally struck by a car while crossing a street in Clearwater.
According to local police, a 54-year-old man in a wheelchair was struck and killed while attempting to cross South Missouri Avenue, just south of Lakeview Drive. The man was transported to Bayfront Health Hospital in St. Petersburg where he was later pronounced dead.
No additional details about the accident have been released. As such, it is unclear what contributed to this pedestrian accident and whether the driver who struck the 54-year-old man will be facing any criminal charges.
Florida Continues to Rank Highest in Pedestrian Accident Deaths
According to an online news article published by www.miamiherald.com, Florida is the deadliest state in the nation for pedestrians. Out of the 20 most dangerous cities in the United States for pedestrians, 9 of these cities are in Florida, with Orlando being considered the most dangerous city in the country for pedestrians. Between 2008 and 2017, there were 5,433 pedestrian deaths in Florida, averaging to 2.73 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people.
Pedestrian deaths have increased over the years, and many people are asking why. The number of pedestrians has not increased, and the number of vehicles on the road has only slightly increased. One reason why some experts believe pedestrian accident deaths have not decreased over time is that intersections and crosswalks are not safe enough for pedestrians.
Large intersections are primarily intended to assist drivers more so than pedestrians. Crosswalks at large intersections may not allow enough time for all individuals to cross the street safely. For example, a crosswalk may have a countdown from 10 or 15 seconds, which may not be enough time for some pedestrians. New streets continue to have the same design that has proven to be dangerous for pedestrians rather than a design that places emphasis on safety for everyone, not just drivers.
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