BRADENTON, FL- Mysuncoast.com writes that a deadly collision in Bradenton occurred this week involving a pedestrian. The incident took place on US 41 close to State Road 70. The Florida Highway Patrol was called in to investigate the pedestrian accident. No information was released regarding the identities of the victim or the driver.
When it comes to fatal pedestrian crashes, Florida is at the top of the list of the most hazardous places to walk. Pedestrian deaths have been increasing each year since 2009, and have reached their highest numbers in decades. The number of people killed in these crashes has far outpaced the rise in miles driven across the country. Between 2013 and 2017, the number of miles traveled throughout the United States went up by 7.5 percent. During that same span of time, the number of pedestrian deaths rose by 27 percent.
A study of pedestrian death rates in cities across the nation ranked Fort Lauderdale as number one. The city’s pedestrian fatality rate is 6.7 per 100,000 people making it 3.9 times the average for the country as a whole. Other Florida cities also made the list of the top twenty deadliest cities in the county for foot traffic. Tampa ranked in twelfth place with a fatality rate of 4.3 per 100,000. Miami came in fifteenth with 4.2 per 100,000, Orlando was in eighteenth place with an index of four per 100,000, and Jacksonville was in nineteenth place with a rate of 3.9 per 100,000. All of those cities had rates that are clearly high when compared to a national average of 1.7 fatalities per 100,000 people.
These incidents often involve alcohol and are more common in situations with poor lighting.
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