Deadly Pedestrian Accidents Are on the Increase in Georgia
GEORGIA- Ajc.com writes that pedestrian crashes are on the rise. The state saw an increase of 16 percent in fatal wrecks involving pedestrians over the previous year. One of the main culprits is believed to be distracted driving, especially in the form of smartphone use.
In response to the increased death toll, the state's legislature enacted a new law to restrict mobile phone use behind the wheel. The same thing is being seen nationally, and many agencies are trying to understand the reason or reasons for the rise in pedestrian deaths even as cities put more and more focus on road safety.*
In addition to cell phone use, another likely cause is the rising number of larger vehicles on the roadways. More Americans are choosing to drive SUVs and trucks. This, in turn, puts pedestrians at risk because the larger vehicles are more likely to cause life-threatening injuries.
Georgia is also the fourth leading state in hit-and-run accidents. Hit-and-run accidents are accidents in which the driver flees the scene of a crash. The most likely victims in these crashes are pedestrians.
Across the country, people are trying to figure out better ways to protect individuals traveling on our roadways. Some of the efforts include legislation, like Georgia's mobile phone law, but others include better-engineered roads and public education. The automobile industry is also taking part in making vehicles safer not just for the occupants of the vehicle, but for other people on the road as well.
Better pedestrian detection systems are being developed to help drivers improve their ability to avoid striking people on the road. Some more straightforward fixes, such as improved headlights, may also help improve pedestrian safety. Most pedestrian crashes take place after dark when visibility can be an issue for drivers.
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