Walking in South Florida seems to be hazardous to the health of residents looking to enjoy a stroll in the great outdoors. Recent studies reveal that the metro area that includes Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami comes in as the 13th most dangerous for pedestrians.
A recent report revealed that from 2010 to 2019, nearly 1,700 pedestrian deaths occurred at a rate of 2.8 per 100,000 residents in the southern part of the Sunshine State. Further north to in Orlando, three deaths occur per 100,000 residents, the highest rate nationwide.
The sum total of these tragedies sees Florida atop all other states with 5,893 pedestrian deaths and nine of the deadliest metropolitan areas that include:
- Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville – 4th place
- Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach – 5th place
- North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton – 6th place
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater – 8th place
- Lakeland-Winter Haven – 9th place
- Jacksonville – 10th place
- Cape Coral-Fort Myers – 11th place
The remaining states in the top 10 are Alabama, New Mexico, Mississippi, Delaware, Louisiana, Arizona, South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas.
The report found older people and pedestrians in lower-income neighborhoods had the highest risk for fatal accidents. Many in the elderly community have challenges in seeing, hearing, and moving, while lower-income pedestrians do not have the luxury of sidewalks or marked crosswalks in their neighborhoods.
Walking is considered one of the best exercises for anyone, regardless of age. For those residing and vacationing in Florida, a so-called “healthy” stroll can result in serious injuries or death.