Car Strikes Pedestrian on Interstate 85 in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, AL- Wsfa.com writes that a driver struck a pedestrian on Interstate 85 late last week. The crash led to long traffic delays in the area. The victim suffered severe injuries but is expected to survive.*
Alabama has the eighth highest number of fatal pedestrian crashes in the country. Nationally, the rate of pedestrian fatalities continues to climb as well. Other states that top the charts when it comes to pedestrian deaths include Florida, California, Texas, and Arizona. Pedestrians are accounting for larger numbers of traffic fatalities around the country than at any time in the past. About sixteen percent of people killed in car accidents are now people who were not in a vehicle.
Some reports suggest that smartphones are at least partially at fault for the increased number of pedestrians killed. The rise in the use of smartphones coincides with the climbing number of pedestrian deaths. Not only are drivers more distracted, but pedestrians are as well. Legal marijuana is another possible cause of pedestrian deaths. The drug is becoming legal in more parts of the nation and is known to impair a person’s judgment and attention. This factor again impacts both drivers and pedestrians, as an impaired driver is a risk, but an impaired pedestrian is a risk to themselves.
Each year, the numbers continue to trend in the wrong direction, indicating that higher numbers of pedestrian fatalities are a trend that will likely continue until the underlying causes are addressed. In the future, perhaps the solution will come in the form of pedestrian detecting technology. Currently, such systems are not able to prevent these tragedies, but with improvement, they may make up for some common human errors.
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Sources:https://www.wsfa.com/2020/01/25/i-nb-crash-causing-delays-near-waugh-mile-marker/ and https://patch.com/alabama/birmingham-al/alabama-ranks-8th-highest-us-pedestrian-deaths-report and https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/pedestrian-detection-works-but-technology-still-has-ways-to-go-aaa-study-finds/