Pedestrian Tragically Killed in Accident in Lake Worth, Florida
LAKE WORTH, FL- wptv.com writes that a vehicle hit a pedestrian in Lake Worth earlier this week during the late evening. The car involved was a Honda Accord, which was traveling northbound on Military Trail when it hit the individual as the person was attempting to cross the roadway.*
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the incident and has not yet released the victim's identity. The investigation is still ongoing.
For the last few years, reports have been continuing to come out indicating that pedestrian deaths are becoming more common throughout the nation. The number of pedestrians killed in 2018 was the highest amount since 1990, and was an increase compared to 2017 where there were 250 deaths. The country has seen a 41 percent increase in pedestrian deaths since 2008, and now, pedestrians make up sixteen percent of all traffic fatalities.
Experts have two main issues they blame for the increase in pedestrian deaths. The first is the American preference for large vehicles. SUVs, pickup trucks, and crossover utility vehicles are becoming America's cars of choice. The larger size of the average vehicle on the road means a higher chance of injuries and deaths when those vehicles hit a pedestrian.
The other culprit in the rise in pedestrian deaths is the smartphone. Both drivers and individuals on foot are often not paying attention to their surroundings because they are focused on their phones or some other form of distraction. This means that people are more likely to walk into the road when it is not safe and that drivers are less likely to see someone enter the street.
Of course, and an increase in population size can also account for some of the rise, and the lower gas prices also have made the roads more congested, increasing the chances of an accident.
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