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The riskiest places to walk

Each day, an average of 13 people in the United States are killed while walking. In 2014, being hit by a vehicle caused the deaths of 4,884 pedestrians. Pedestrians in New Jersey may be interested in learning about where in the nation the most dangerous places to go for a walk are located.

The information about the riskiest places to walk in America was released in a report from Smart Growth America, or SGA. The report highlighted the fact that the number of pedestrian deaths is much higher in poorer neighborhoods and that persons of color, those lacking health insurance and the elderly are disproportionately affected. People of color made up 46.1 percent of pedestrian deaths from 2005 to 2014 but accounted for only 35 percent of the population in America.

The Pedestrian Death Index is comprised of the ranks of metro areas for pedestrian danger. While the highest number of deaths occur in major cities, smaller cities tend to be riskier when the fatality numbers are compared to the number of city people who walk.

The state of Florida is ranked as the most dangerous state. Seven of the top 10 most dangerous cities for pedestrians are found in Florida. Cape Coral-Fort Myers is considered the most hazardous place as determined by its PDI score.

The report asserts that poor infrastructure contributes to pedestrian deaths. The inadequate designs consist of roadways that prompt drivers to drive too fast and lack the protection for other users of the roadways. The designs that are used for highways become hazards when used for community streets that are surrounded by homes, stores and schools.

A personal injury attorney may work to obtain compensation for individuals harmed in pedestrian accidents. This may entail filing suits against a driver or the city in which the poorly designed street is located.

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