Man from Georgia Killed in Tragic Pedestrian Crash on Interstate 65 close to Cullman, Alabama
CULLMAN, AL- Al.com writes that a pedestrian died in a crash in Cullman earlier this week. A 2017 Chevrolet Camaro struck the victim late in the evening on Interstate 65 while he was walking in the northbound lanes.*
Responders declared the victim dead at the scene of the crash. The driver did not suffer any injuries. Police identified the victim as a 24-year-old man from Bainbridge, Georgia.
The majority of pedestrian incidents occur at night. Visibility is a major issue when it comes to pedestrian safety on the road. Streetlights only line roadways in more populated areas and provide limited lighting, even in many places where they do exist.
Many studies indicate the fact that headlights do not adequately illuminate the roadway in such a way as to let drivers see pedestrians from a safe distance. Unfortunately, pedestrians may be misled into thinking that a driver sees them because of the headlights. This misunderstanding can be lethal.
Some experts recommend that people who will be walking at night wear bright clothing or reflective gear. While such efforts will increase a person’s visibility somewhat, it is often still not enough.
The best way to protect pedestrians is to give them safe ways to navigate on foot without having to share the road with cars outside of well-lit and regulated crosswalks. Technology may also offer a better way to protect pedestrians. Thus far, pedestrian detection systems are not especially adept at alerting drivers of people on the road. The systems are not sensitive enough to work as well with pedestrians as they do with other cars. As these systems evolve, they may be able to help the country lower its ever-increasing number of pedestrian deaths.
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Sources:https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2019/12/georgia-man-struck-killed-by-car-on-i-65-north-near-cullman.html and https://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-pedestrian-safety-traffic-deaths.html and https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/pedestrian-detection-systems-produce-mixed-results-safety-study