Vehicle Strikes Two in Evans, Georgia
EVANS, GA- Wfxg.com writes that an SUV hit two children in Evans earlier this week. The victims were 10 and 12 years old. Both of the pedestrians were on skateboards when they attempted to cross Pheasant Run Drive.*
The crash occurred in the early evening. Both children suffered injuries in the accident. The victims are recovering from their injuries at the Augusta University Medical Center.
Reports indicate speed was not a factor and that both children are expected to recuperate from the injuries they sustained in the accident.
When it comes to whether a victim lives or dies in a pedestrian crash, one of the most important factors is how fast the vehicle was traveling at the time of the crash.
If the driver were traveling at twenty miles per hour, the risk of death would be quite small at about seven percent. The threat to a healthy 30-year-old individual would be even lower at about three percent. With older individuals, the risk is higher, but even a person who is about 70 years old will have an 87 percent of surviving a pedestrian crash with a vehicle traveling twenty miles an hour.
Not surprisingly, when cars move faster, the risks to pedestrians increase. What is someone surprising is just how much of a difference a few miles per hour can make when it comes to life or death situations. At 30 miles per hour, the risk of death increases to twenty percent, meaning about one out of every five victims will die in a crash at this speed. At forty miles per hour, 45 percent of victims will suffer fatal injuries.
Safety campaigns like “20’s Plenty” argue that speed limits in areas with pedestrian traffic should be reduced to twenty miles per hour to reduce the risk of pedestrian fatalities.
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Sources:https://www.wfxg.com/2019/11/27/pedestrian-struck-by-vehicle-pheasant-run-dr-evans/ and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/05/31/3-graphs-that-explain-why-20-mph-should-be-the-limit-on-city-streets/
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