According to a new report by Transportation of America, the greater Orlando area is the deadliest urban center in the United States for pedestrians, and three other Florida metro areas rank in the top five: Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater, Jacksonville and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach ranked second, third and fourth respectively on the list of metro areas of one million residents or more.
A mother pushing her 14-monht-old son in a stroller was struck by a Ford F-150 truck while walking down a Fort. Lauderdale street. According to the police, the incident occurred in the area of Northwest 19th Street and 29th Avenue. Both the mother and child were rushed to Broward General Medical Center as a trauma alert. The driver of the truck stayed at the scene. The cause of the accident was not clear, but the police said they are still investigating.
The study also showed that 47,700 pedestrians died in traffic accidents over the past 10 years and more than 688,000 were injured. Half of these pedestrian fatalities occurred in wide, multilane roads that are designed to move large numbers of cars. Florida cities as well as cities across the United States are taking steps to reduce pedestrian accidents, including crosswalk enforcement, improving cross walk signal technology and installing countdown-timer signals that would tell people how many seconds they have to cross. For more information, see mother, young son hit by truck while walking.