Pedestrian Dies in Tragic Crash on Atlanta Highway
ATLANTA, GA- The redandblack.com writes that a car struck a person who was attempting to cross Atlanta Highway in the early morning. Responders rushed the victim to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.*
The authorities identified the victim as a 69-year-old man from Toccoa. The vehicle involved in the collision was a box truck.
Reports indicate that the driver remained at the scene of the crash. The driver was operating a commercial truck leading to the Motor Carrier Compliance Division inspecting the vehicle. No charges have been filed against the driver at this time.
The crash is the fifth to occur in 2020.
Sadly, over the course of recent years, pedestrians continue to die in high numbers around the United States. The early reports from 2019 indicate that more people were struck and killed by cars while walking than at any point in more than three decades. The likely culprits include warm weather, which could be encouraging more people to walk outside, cell phones, which distract drivers and pedestrians, and SUVs, which are more likely to kill people because they are bigger and heavier than cars.
In Georgia, the number of vehicle-related deaths dropped in 2018. However, pedestrian fatalities rose at the same time. While the overall number of traffic deaths declined by 2.3 percent in the state, pedestrian fatalities increased by eight deaths. Over the past five years, the number of fatal pedestrian crashes increased by 60 percent.
Officials in Georgia believe that cellphones are a main contributing factor to the high number of fatal pedestrian incidents, even though the state has a hands-free law that went into effect in 2018.
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