Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Florida
Florida is the southernmost state in the Untied States of America. It is also one of the most populated states in the country. During the year 2015, the reported population of Florida was 20,271,272. The population has been growing consistently over the past 10 years. The population of Florida in 2005 was 17,789,864, and in 2010 the population jumped up to 18,801,310. With the population of the state being so high you would assume the state has a high number of traffic accident fatalities.
In 2015, the number of fatal traffic accidents that occurred was 2,699, taking the lives of 2,939 people. When calculating the number of fatalities per state, it is important to consider the local population. This is why we calculate the number of deaths per 100,000 residents. The death rate in Florida during 2015 was 14.5, which is high compared to the national death rate that year of 10.9.
In 2010, these numbers were 2,262 accidents with 2,445 deaths, calculating to 13.0 deaths per 100,000 people in the state. In 2005 the story was different. More accidents and deaths occurred that year than in 2015 despite the state’s higher population.
There were 3,194 fatal accidents in 2005 that resulted in 4,329 deaths. The death rate per 100,000 people in 2005 was 12.0. When you compare each year’s statistics side by side, it is difficult to determine a pattern.
These accidents are taking the lives of far too many pedestrians, and the number is increasing. In 2005, 576 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles, accounting for the 16 percent of the total lives lost in crashes. An estimated 628 pedestrian lives were lost in 2015, which is about 21% of the traffic accident related fatalities in Florida that year. It’s obvious that the state needs to do more to protect the lives of children waiting by the road for their school buses and to protect those who are jogging or walking along public roadways.