Tragic Crash Kills One in Homewood Alabama
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL- Al.com writes that a man died in a pedestrian incident this week in Alabama. The incident occurred in the later evening on US 31 when the victim attempted to cross the road. Two vehicles collided with the man.*
Responders rushed the victim to the UAB Hospital, but he died about 30 minutes after the accident.
Pedestrian crashes occur more frequently at night. Visibility is a major challenge for nighttime road safety. Headlights fail to provide light for drivers adequately, and in many cases, the motorist will fail to see a person in the road until it is too late to stop.
In the United States Pedestrian deaths are increasing, and in Alabama, the same trend is playing out. Since 2008, Alabama has seen an increase of 60 percent in pedestrian deaths. The rising number of fatal pedestrian incidents is likely the result of SUVs and large vehicles, which present far greater risks of fatalities. Another factor is a distraction. Pedestrians and drivers are both prone to looking at their phones, and as a result, they are failing to look at the road.
In order to improve pedestrian safety, accommodations will have to be made for large vehicles and smartphones as these products do not seem likely to disappear. Protecting pedestrians will mean improving infrastructure by increasing sidewalks, crosswalks, and improving lighting. Car manufacturers will also need to improve the technology. The automobile industry’s efforts to protect vehicle occupants are paying off, and the number of people killed in such collisions is dropping. Pedestrian detection technology may eventually provide the same benefits to people who are outside of cars, but these products are not yet advanced enough to lower the number of these crashes.
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Sources:https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2020/01/man-hit-by-2-vehicles-killed-while-crossing-us-31-in-homewood.html and https://www.wsfa.com/2019/10/29/new-numbers-show-sharp-increase-pedestrian-deaths/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/traffic-deaths-2018