Pedestrian Dies in Richmond County Accident in Augusta, Georgia
AUGUSTA, GA- Wfxg.com writes that a vehicle struck and killed a 67-year-old man on Washington Road in Richmond County. The crash occurred in the later evening. The county coroner reports that the victim died at the scene of the crash from multiple blunt force trauma injuries.*
Pedestrians are dying more often than at any time in the last 30 years. The Governors Highway Safety Association found that 6,227 people were killed in pedestrian crashes last year. While some are perplexed by the large increases, safety experts say that much of the problem has to do with infrastructure. The number of deaths is highest in densely populated urban areas such as Miami and Houston.
Some of the problems are roadways that have too few crosswalks and streets that are designed to accommodate heavy traffic and not people traveling on foot. Road design is not the only piece of the puzzle, though. In fact, some point out that the number of crosswalks and sidewalks has not dropped. Infrastructure in many places is actually better for pedestrians now than in the past.
One major problem is likely distraction. People often look at their phone while driving or while walking near the road. This ever-present distraction is likely causing at least some of the uptick in pedestrian fatalities. Another issue is the shift to larger vehicles. Americans prefer big SUVs and pickup trucks and are shying away from smaller sedans. Experts say that larger vehicles are undoubtedly more hazardous to pedestrians. A person struck by an SUV has a greater chance of dying than a person hit by a sedan.
Pedestrian detection technology will likely help, but it is only in some newer vehicles. Many cars on the road are too old to have been equipped with these features.
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Source: https://www.wfxg.com/2019/11/26/richmond-county-coroners-office-scene-pedestrian-involved-crash/ and https://www.npr.org/2019/03/28/706481382/why-pedestrian-deaths-are-at-a-30-year-high
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