Walking Disaster: 5 Shocking Statistics About Pedestrian Accidents in Tampa
Posted By Darrigo & Diaz
Why Tampa leads the nation for deaths and injuries due to pedestrian accidents
The number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking in Tampa has increased by an astonishing 45 percent over the last decade. In fact, the past 4 years have been the deadliest years for pedestrians in over 3 decades.
And we’ve noticed this trend through too. Recently, we’ve received calls from Tampa residents who have been injured in pedestrian accidents; we even had a mother who was struck while pushing her baby in a stroller and the driver sped away. As vehicles and roadways become “safer”, why are pedestrian accidents in Tampa increasing?
A disturbing trend developing in Tampa
Tampa currently leads the nation for the number of deaths and injuries due to pedestrian accidents. Why is it so dangerous to walk in the city? Here are 5 shocking statistics about pedestrian accidents in Tampa.
On average, 3 pedestrian accidents happen in Tampa every day
From 2018 to 2020, there were 1,888 pedestrian accidents in Tampa. A report from Hillsborough County shows people are injured in
Last year, 223 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in Tampa
According to crash statistics for Hillsborough County, Tampa has the highest traffic fatality rate among large metros in the United States. Independent reports reveal that 223 pedestrians died in traffic crashes last year, making 2021 the deadliest ever on local roads.
One in 5 children under the age of 15 killed in crashes were pedestrians in 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that children and teens are at higher risk for being involved in pedestrian accidents in Tampa. Adolescents are at a higher risk for pedestrian injury and death because they don’t understand traffic rules and risks.
Alcohol is involved in 47 percent of crashes that result in a pedestrian death
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol involvement (blood alcohol concentration [BAC] of .01 grams per deciliter [g/dL] or higher) for the driver and/or the pedestrian was reported in 47 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes in 2020.
In Tampa, 77 percent of roadways do not have crosswalks or traffic control devices
A study conducted by Hillsborough County found that 77% of roadways in Tampa do not have crosswalks or traffic control devices that help pedestrians safely cross intersections.
Click here to view the list of the most dangerous intersections in Hillsborough County.
What is Tampa doing to make the city safer for pedestrians?
Alarming rates of pedestrian accidents in Tampa are leading to city-wide changes and initiatives to make roads and intersections safer.
New crosswalks and flashing lights are being installed at busy intersections. Crosswalks are being painted to increase driver visibility. And, sidewalks and bike lanes are being added throughout the city.
Learn more about city initiatives here.
Important reminders for pedestrians on Tampa roadways
- Increase your visibility by wearing bright colors and reflective clothing.
- Only cross streets at designated crosswalks.
- Do not walk in the road; stay on sidewalks or at least 20 feet away from the road.
- Avoid distractions, such as texting, and remain alert.
- Never walk along roadways if you have been drinking.
Injured in a pedestrian accident in Tampa?
Call Darrigo & Diaz immediately at 813-437-5523
If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident in Tampa, the last thing you want to think about is the legal process to follow. However, it is extremely important to contact and hire an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Tampa immediately.
An experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Tampa will know how to protect your rights, will be familiar with the local laws and infrastructure, and will fight to ensure you and your family receives the justice, support, and compensation you deserve and need.
Led by Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney Nadine Diaz, our firm has secured favorable outcomes for hundreds of clients in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. In fact, we are an esteemed member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, demonstrating our capability to never back down from a fight.