Pedestrian Crash Reported on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta, Georgia (GA)
AUGUSTA, GA- Wfxg.com writes that a pedestrian sustained injuries on Peach Orchard Road at its intersection with Chester Avenue.*
Reports state that the victim sustained head injuries, and responders rushed him to the hospital. Police arrived on the scene in the late afternoon. No further information is available regarding the collision.
Pedestrian crashes are causing issues throughout Georgia and throughout the United States. Georgia reports that over a five-year period, the number of pedestrians killed on the state's roadways jumped by about 60 percent. During the same time frame, pedestrian crashes also increased nationally. However, the rise in Georgia is more pronounced than that of the country overall. There are a number of likely reasons why pedestrian crashes are killing more people every year.
One of the issues officials in Georgia believe is leading to a higher number of fatal pedestrian crashes is the fact that everyone, including drivers and pedestrians, is more distracted by their smartphones. Another factor often cited as a reason for the rise in pedestrian collisions is the increasing popularity of SUVs. SUVs are larger than sedans and are more likely to cause severe and life-threatening injuries when they strike pedestrians.
Studies also indicate that the rate of pedestrian crashes occurring at night is higher than that during the day. It is not clear why the number of pedestrian collisions occurring at night is rising faster than the number of pedestrian collisions taking place when it is light out. Poorly lit roads are likely contributing to the problem; however, other factors may also be leading to a higher number of tragic pedestrian incidents throughout the nation. For instance, alcohol factors into many pedestrian deaths.
Drunk drivers and drunk pedestrians both contribute to these incidents. Some evidence also suggests that newer headlights are leading to more problems on the road. LED lights, which are believed to be brighter than older headlights, do not appear to be helping people avoid collisions. In fact, these lights may be blinding to drivers and increase the risk of crashes.
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