Tragic Pedestrian Crash Kills One in Brevard County, Florida
BREVARD COUNTY, FL- Floridatoday.com writes that a man died in a pedestrian crash in Brevard County earlier this week. The victim was identified as a 57-year-old man from Cocoa. Police say that the pedestrian walked into the roadway, and a southbound 2004 Dodge Durango struck him.*
The driver of the vehicle is a 38-year-old man from Colorado. Police are still working to determine what caused the crash. The incident took place in the later evening, indicating that visibility could have been an issue.
Pedestrian collisions often occur at night. Drivers frequently fail to see pedestrians in the roadway until it is too late to take evasive actions. Pedestrians may mistakenly believe that drivers are able to see them because of headlights or streetlights, but in many cases, this is not true.
Safety advocates say that pedestrians should wear brightly colored clothes or even reflective gear if they know that they will be walking near the road at night. Of course, few people actually take such precautions.
As the growing number of pedestrian deaths continues to climb, many people are looking for ways to keep these vulnerable road users safe. One way that pedestrians may remain better protected is to improve vehicle technology so that it is capable of detecting people in the road.
Currently, crash avoidance technology in cars is helping to cut down on crashes between vehicles. Manufacturers are also putting pedestrian detecting technology in some newer cars. Unfortunately, tests of these programs indicate that they often fail to prevent pedestrian crashes. Even during the day, these systems are not able to prevent vehicles from striking people. At night, when pedestrian crashes are more likely, the systems are entirely inadequate and provide virtually no assistance at all.
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Sources:https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2020/01/28/vehicle-kills-pedestrian-us-1-brevard-county/4604817002/ and https://spacecoastdaily.com/2020/01/pedestrian-struck-and-killed-by-vehicle-on-us-1-in-port-st-john-on-tuesday-evening/ and https://newsroom.aaa.com/2019/10/aaa-warns-pedestrian-detection-systems-dont-work-when-needed-most/
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