Tragic Crash on Seminole Boulevard Kills Pedestrian in Largo, Florida
LARGO, FL- Patch.com writes that a pedestrian died in a tragic accident over the weekend in Largo. The incident occurred in the evening. Responders transported the injured individual to the Largo Medical Center where that person was later declared dead.*
Police have not yet released much information about the wreck.
Pedestrian crashes are more likely to take place after dark. Visibility is a major factor in many of these crashes. Drivers often fail to see people on the road until it is too late. Some safety advocates tell pedestrians that they should wear bright clothes or reflective clothing when walking near or on the road at night. This is seen as one way to improve the chances of drivers seeing a person while there is still time to make an evasive maneuver.
In many cases, however, bright clothing will not be enough to keep pedestrians safe on the road. Pedestrian safety requires infrastructure that protects people from vehicles, including well-designed crosswalks, better-lit intersections, and sidewalks.
Another way to improve safety for those traveling on foot is to reduce speed limits. Pedestrians face much higher risks of death when they are struck by vehicles traveling at high rates of speed. Additionally, when vehicles are traveling fast, the drivers have less time to react in an emergency, meaning that the risk of a crash occurring increases.
In recent years, pedestrians in the United States have been dying in higher numbers. The reason is likely at least in part because of SUVs, which are about two times as likely to kill a person as a car would be.
Florida has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the nation.
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Sources:https://patch.com/florida/largo/largo-pedestrian-killed-crash-seminole-boulevard and https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article224923045.html and http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/resources/resources_details.cfm?id=5167 and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/