Tragic Pedestrian Crash Kills Teen in Randolph County North Carolina
RANDLEMAN, NC- Wfmynews.com writes that a tractor-trailer struck a teenager on Interstate 73 this week. The incident occurred in the morning when the victim was putting gas into a box truck that he was traveling in with three other individuals.*
A 34-year-old man driving a 2009 Volvo semi-truck collided with the boy. The teen passed away at the scene of the crash.
So far, police have not filed charges against the driver.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that fewer people died in vehicle accidents in 2018 and that 2019 likely saw numbers decline further still. Improving safety has been attributed to better crash avoidance systems in cars. Many vehicles now come equipped with technology that helps drivers maintain their lanes, stop in an emergency, and alerts drivers when a vehicle is in their blind spots. Manufacturers are continuing to improve such technology and making travel safer than ever for occupants in these vehicles.
Despite improvements in technology, certain types of accidents are still increasing. Two categories that saw higher numbers of fatalities include pedestrian incidents and crashes involving large trucks. The same technology that helps passenger vehicles avoid crashes is now being included in semis and will hopefully help these large vehicles avoid collisions in the same way that it is proving beneficial for smaller cars. Technology may also begin helping drivers avoid pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, current pedestrian avoidance systems are not proving to be particularly useful when they are needed most. The early models of pedestrian avoidance systems do not function in the dark or during inclement weather. Hopefully, in the near future, advanced safety systems will lower other types of fatal accidents. For now, drivers and pedestrians should remain cautious and alert at all times.
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Sources:https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/local/18-year-old-hit-killed-by-tractor-trailer/83-eca635b4-87c9-4d15-a007-55e6112b5e99 and https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/roadway-fatalities-2018-fars
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