Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Van in Florida
LAKE CITY, FL- Firstcoastnews.com writes that a 25-year-old died in a collision over the weekend in Lake City, Florida. The vehicle, a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan, was heading southbound on US 41, and the victim was walking northbound in the southbound lanes.*
The victim died at the scene of the accident. Police say that no charges are pending against the driver at this time.
Studies continue to indicate that Florida is a dangerous state for pedestrians. The state now has the worst rates of pedestrian deaths in the entire country at a time when more pedestrians are dying nationally than at any time in the thirty years.
Across the United States, people are choosing to drive larger cars like SUVs rather than smaller vehicles. The result of the shift to bigger passenger automobiles is that when a pedestrian is struck by a car, that victim is more likely to die. While there are many other factors that are likely contributing to the high number of pedestrian deaths, evidence indicating that SUVs are a leading cause is becoming incontrovertible. Research indicates the chance of an SUV causing fatal injuries in a pedestrian crash is nearly double those for sedans.
Of course, SUVs are popular in other parts of the country and cannot explain the high rate of pedestrian crashes occurring in Florida specifically. It is likely that the Sunshine state experiences more of these fatal accidents because of its infrastructure and urban sprawl. The large, wide roads and high-speed limits create traffic patterns that are more hazardous to everyone but particularly to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
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Sources:https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/traffic/pedestrian-struck-killed-by-van-on-lake-city-highway/77-7b23319b-b45e-4821-adca-c33ea53e0a9e and https://miami.cbslocal.com/2019/01/23/florida-pedestrian-deaths/ and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/