Pedestrian in Foley, Alabama Injured in Afternoon Pedestrian Accident
FOLEY, AL- Pnj.com writes that a woman was hit by a vehicle earlier this week in Florida. The 57-year-old woman from Alabama was struck on U.S. 29 in Escambia County, Florida, according to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol.*
A 36-year-old man was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tracker in the inside lane traveling northbound when he hit the woman. The victim was attempting to cross from the east to the west of the roadway and was hit by the vehicle’s front left corner.
The police have not yet released information regarding the identity of the victim or the extent of her injuries.
National statistics regarding pedestrian deaths are troublesome. Numbers indicate that pedestrians are being killed at the highest rates in decades. Across the United States, pedestrians now represent 16 percent of all motor vehicle-related fatalities. A few years back and only 11 percent of vehicle accident deaths were pedestrians. Since 2007, the number of pedestrian deaths has gone up by 27 percent.
The Governors Highway Safety Association has stated that smartphones and legal marijuana are two likely causes for the increased number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents.
While pedestrian fatalities have increased, other traffic fatalities have been on the decline. Vehicles are now providing more protections for occupants, but are failing to provide the same improvements for pedestrian safety. In some instances, vehicle designs, such as larger cars, might make occupants safer, but create additional risks for pedestrians. Vehicle manufacturers are starting to include pedestrian detection technology, which is one way to potentially help curb the number of people killed in pedestrian versus vehicle crashes. Safer intersections might also help cut down on the number of people killed in these accidents.
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