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“Dangerous By Design”. That’s Jacksonville for ya.

September 1, 2011

With regards to Florida in general, Jacksonville’s low ranking in safety is indicative of the rest of the state. According to Transportation for America’s “Dangerous By Design” 2011 study, the top four most dangerous cities in America are all located in Florida – the areas of Orlando / Kissimmee, the areas of Tampa / St. Petersburg / Clearwater, Jacksonville, and the areas of Miami / Fort Lauderdale / Pompano Beach.**

According to a Times Union article on Jacksonville.com, posted May 30th, 2011, “Transportation for America, a Washington-based advocacy group, has found Jacksonville to be the third most dangerous metro area in the country. Its study found that from 2000 to 2009, 342 pedestrians were killed in the city.”** That’s approximately over three pedestrians or cyclists on average each month who, at no fault of their own, have died from getting struck by negligent motorists. This study doesn’t mention statistics of those who were stuck by negligent motorists and survived. To put survival rates of victims in perspective, the article concludes, “Personal injury attorney Eddie Farah said his firm gets a new pedestrian-injury case about once a week, likely because drivers don’t pay attention to pedestrians that aren’t in crosswalks. They should. ‘Under Florida law,’ Farah said, ‘a driver is responsible to look out for pedestrians.’”

** The Florida Times Union, jacksonville.com/news/metro/2011-05-30/story/study-jacksonville-third-most-dangerous-city-pedestrians-america

For a complete overview of this study, please click on this link. There you’ll find a link to download the pdf so you may print it out or save it for your records:

http://t4america.org/resources/dangerousbydesign2011/

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