Tragic Deadly Pedestrian Crash Reported in Hall County
HALL COUNTY, GA- Wgauradio.com writes that a pedestrian died in a tragic crash this week in Hall County, Georgia. The incident occurred when a 21-year-old woman from Lula was walking near City Hall in the early evening.*
The victim was walking on Main Street and heading northbound when a motorist heading south struck and killed her. The police stated that the victim was wearing dark-colored clothes and was on the road when the incident occurred. Officers do not intent to charge the woman who was driving the car. Police often find that pedestrians were in the roadway wearing dark clothing when they were struck by a vehicle. The results often lead to police choosing not to file charges against the driver. However, the new thinking in many parts of the country is that no traffic-related deaths should be viewed as an inevitable accident, and each one should be seen as a failure.
In many cases, pedestrians are walking in the road because there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. Drivers may fail to see a pedestrian because streetlights are not adequately lighting an area where pedestrians will be walking. Crosswalks might not be inconvenient locations for pedestrians to cross the road safely. Headlights are not designed to illuminate the correct space to show pedestrians in the road.
There are many things that could be done to prevent pedestrians from dying by the thousands in the United States. As long as people blame the victim, little effort will be focused on fixing the problem.
Some cities have already reduced the number of fatal pedestrian crashes on their roads showing that it is possible to prevent many of these tragedies.
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Sources:https://www.wgauradio.com/news/local/state-patrol-probes-deadly-car-pedestrian-accident-hall/9fjaRoZ7Vvv0xQjjAi6HtK/ and https://mobilitylab.org/2018/04/16/we-blame-pedestrians-for-dying-even-when-drivers-are-at-fault/ and https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/01/nyregion/traffic-deaths-decrease-nyc.html
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