Pedestrian Fatally Killed in Accident in Harpersville, Alabama
HARPERSVILLE, AL- Wbrc.com writes that a car struck and killed a man at the intersection of Highway 280 and County Road 62 over the weekend. The crash occurred after dark. The Harpersville police responded to the scene and stated that the driver likely had no time to react to the person in the street.*
Alabama has the eighth highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country when the numbers account for population size. The state’s poor performance in terms of road safety reflects an overall poor performance across the United States. More than 6,000 people die in car versus pedestrian accidents every year in the country. The rate of pedestrian deaths is at its highest in decades.
Experts have a variety of explanations ranging from marijuana legalization to bigger vehicles dominating the passenger car industry. While there are likely multiple causes for the increase in deaths, part of the tragedy is that these deaths are completely avoidable.
Safety programs such as Vision Zero initiatives have shown in multiple places that traffic-related deaths, including pedestrian accidents, can be prevented by careful city planning, law enforcement, and education efforts. The loss of life in Alabama and across the country is completely unacceptable under Vision Zero's theory.
Vehicles are now being designed with pedestrian detection software, which might help to lower the number of deadly pedestrian crashes in the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) credits similar technology with the reduction of vehicle collisions around the country.
Cities can also help keep pedestrians safe by lowering the speed limit in certain areas and by installing street lights in areas where people often walk at night.
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