Which Cities are the Deadliest for Pedestrians?

By Peter DePaolis

Of cities in the US, Orlando is the deadliest for pedestrians, according to the report “Dangerous By Design” from the National Complete Streets Coalition.

The southeast and southwest account for the majority of the 20 most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. These cities all boomed in the years following World War II, an era when road design and transit planning favored the automobile more than walking and cycling.

The report notes that 45,284 pedestrians were killed between 2003 and 2012. The numbers have increased in the past few years, from about 4,200 deaths in 2007 to nearly 5,000 in 2012. While the researchers are unsure what caused the increase, they make a strong argument that pedestrians would be safer on “complete streets” that include crosswalks and bike and bus lanes to slow traffic and increase safety.

Pedestrian Danger Index Report Shares  What Cities Are Deadliest for Pedestrians

The report, which used a Pedestrian Danger Index, said the following are the 20 most deadly U.S. cities for pedestrians:

  1. Orlando, FL
  2. Tampa, FL
  3. Jacksonville, FL
  4. Miami, FL
  5. Memphis, TN
  6. Birmingham, AL
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Atlanta, GA
  9. Phoenix, AZ
  10. Charlotte, NC
  11. Detroit, MI
  12. Dallas, TX
  13. Las Vegas, NV
  14. San Bernardino, CA
  15. Nashville, TN
  16. Raleigh, NC
  17. Louisville, KY
  18. San Antonio, TX
  19. Richmond, VA
  20. Oklahoma City, OK

The Pedestrian Danger Index was calculated by analyzing the previous five years of available data on pedestrian deaths and the amount of local commuters who walk to work every day. The elderly are disproportionately more at risk, according to the report. While seniors represent 12.6 percent of the population, adults ages 65 and older account for 21 percent of pedestrian fatalities.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.