Man Killed on Old Moulton Road in Morgan County, Alabama
MORGAN COUNTY, AL- Waaytv.com writes that a man was killed on Old Moulton Road when he was struck by a 1995 Honda just before 8 p.m. The accident took place about five miles from Decatur, which is where the victim was from.*
The incident is currently being investigated by the Alabama State Troopers. Local drivers were told to avoid the area while the investigation was underway.
Pedestrian accidents are at a 25 year high across the United States. Alabama now comes in 8thin pedestrian deaths. The highest number of pedestrian deaths are in California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Arizona. Nationally, 16 percent of people killed in vehicle accidents are pedestrians indicating an increase from a few years ago when it was just 11 percent.
There are numerous theories as to why pedestrian deaths are increasing, including the ubiquitous use of smartphones, and legalization of marijuana in several states.
Unfortunately, pedestrian fatalities have risen even while other types of vehicle-related fatalities have been declining. The result is that pedestrian fatalities now account for a larger percentage of traffic deaths than they have in the last 33 years.
Part of the problem is that vehicles have become safer for occupants, but the newer safety features are largely geared towards protecting people inside of vehicles, and not those people who are walking on the street.
Newer technologies are starting to address this problem, and many car manufacturers are not focusing on developing better pedestrian detection systems which can alert a driver or apply the brakes when an accident with a pedestrian is imminent.
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