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Car Strikes Woman in Vernon in Tragic Pedestrian Crash


January 25, 2020

VERNON, CT- Courant.com writes that a woman was killed when a car struck her on Route 83 in the late evening close to a gas station. Officers say that the woman died at the scene of the crash.*

Police did not release the identity of the victim but stated that she was a local resident in the Vernon area. 

Pedestrians are dying in higher numbers across the country, even as people are dying less frequently in vehicle collisions. While automobile manufacturers have improved safety focused on vehicle occupants, the same benefits are not impacting pedestrians. Crash avoidance systems have come a long way when it comes to avoiding collisions between vehicles, but pedestrian avoidance systems are so far ineffective. 

Tests indicate that pedestrian avoidance systems currently in vehicles on the market are not able to detect pedestrians in most situations. Even in broad daylight in good weather, these systems show limited ability to prevent collisions. At night or in bad weather, the systems are so far completely ineffective. This is a problem because most pedestrian accidents take place after dark. Driver visibility is a major contributing factor in pedestrian incidents, and any system that will be able to reduce the number of pedestrians crashes significantly will have to be able to work at night. 

Another issue facing pedestrians is that Americans prefer larger vehicles. SUVs and other big cars are more likely to kill pedestrians in an accident. As the number of large cars increases, the number of pedestrian incidents that result in death will also rise. 

In order to lower the number of fatal pedestrian accidents, some effective strategies include reducing speed limits, improving lighting, and adding sidewalks and crosswalks. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-br-vernon-car-pedestrian-crash-20200122-yokxexsocvcudd6mlp5etuf2zm-story.html  and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/ 


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