Crash Leaves Pedestrian in Critical Condition in Columbus, TN
COLUMBUS, IN- Therepublic.com writes that a pedestrian suffered severe injuries in a crash late last week in Columbus. The incident occurred on Bean Road in the evening. The 43-year-old male victim is a local from Columbus. When the police arrived on the scene, they stated that the man was breathing but was not responsive.*
The driver, a sixteen-year-old girl from Columbus, stopped at the scene. The teen stated that she was traveling northbound when the victim walked into the roadway, and she struck him. The girl was operating a minivan.
Responders transported the man to the Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where they determined that his condition is critical. Reports indicate that the victim suffered head and leg injuries.
Pedestrians are dying in higher numbers throughout the United States. Most of these accidents occur at night, and many are in urban areas. Lighting, or lack of adequate lighting, is one of the main factors that often lead to these crashes. At night, people in or near the road are not often visible to drivers.
Improvements to headlights could help to allow drivers to see people earlier and in time to react and avoid an incident. Lowering speed limits and enforcing such speed limits can also improve the chances of victims sustaining severe or deadly injuries. A pedestrian accident at 20 miles per hour is unlikely to lead to fatal injuries, but once the speed increases, the chance of death rises quickly. Safety advocates often argue that the speed limits in urban areas with many pedestrians should be capped at twenty miles per hour. This move would not only decrease the rate of injuries but could also help many crashes be avoided in the first place. The slower the vehicle is moving, the more time drivers will have to stop or otherwise avoid striking a person in the road.
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Sources:http://www.therepublic.com/2020/01/14/pedestrian_in_critical_condition_after_accident/ and http://www.20splenty.org/
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