Pedestrian Dies in Tragic Collision on Highway 78 in Loganville
LOGANVILLE, GA- 11alive.com writes that a fatal pedestrian incident occurred in Loganville late last week. The incident occurred in the evening when the victim, a 37-year-old woman, was attempting to cross the street. Reports indicate that the victim tried to cross outside of a marked crosswalk. Police stated that they do not anticipate filing charges in relation to the deadly crash, but that they are still investigating the incident.*
Pedestrian accidents are most common at night when drivers have decreased visibility. While other types of fatal collisions are dropping, pedestrian crashes are rising each year throughout the country. The reason for this likely has to do with larger passenger cars on the roadway. SUVs and other bigger automobiles have a greater chance of causing deadly injuries when they strike a person than sedans and smaller cars.
Cellphones and legal marijuana are also likely increasing the number of roadway victims around the country. Reports indicate that electronics cause roadway distractions for pedestrians and drivers alike, causing a greater risk of accidents. As marijuana has been legalized in some parts of the country, there is concern that more drivers are impaired by this drug and are therefore creating risks to road users.
While many factors are likely at play, there is a clear need for improvements to road design and infrastructure. Better lighting and more pedestrian crossings may help lower the number of incidents. Advancements in headlight design and reduced speed limits could also help prevent pedestrian crashes.
Pedestrians can improve their own safety by wearing bright colored, or better yet, reflective clothing while walking on the road at night. Even with attempts to make themselves more visible, people should never assume a driver sees them, especially after dark.
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Sources:https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/loganville-accident-pedestrian-deadly-highway-78/85-8df1f8b6-2cf0-4ea7-b30a-eb9ce0a6b1d6 and https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/roadway-fatalities-2018-fars and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pedestrian_safety/index.html and https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/23/20927512/traffic-death-crash-statistics-nhtsa-us-2018
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