Pedestrian Dies in Tragic Crash After Being Struck by Milk Truck in Alachua
ALACHUA, FL- Wcjb.com writes that a milk truck collided with a pedestrian in a tragic crash earlier this week. The incident took place on US Highway 441 in the early morning when the victim was attempting to cross the roadway near Turkey Creek.*
The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash and stated that the victim was wearing dark-colored clothing when he or she was struck by the small truck. The driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating with officers. The authorities have not identified the victim.
Florida is the most dangerous state in the country when it comes to deadly pedestrian accidents. While the number of such crashes is rising throughout the nation, Florida continues to outpace all other parts of the United States. It is widely believed that SUVs are leading the deadly trend. Larger vehicles have a greater chance of killing victims. The taller, flatter fronts of these cars tend to make fatal injuries more likely. Where sedans may strike a person’s legs, a truck will likely hit the torso or head, often causing catastrophic injuries or death.
In order to make the roads safer for pedestrians, manufacturers will have to make vehicles less dangerous for these vulnerable individuals. It is unlikely that Americans will stop preferring large vehicles any time soon, but perhaps carmakers will improve their technology so that vehicles sense pedestrians and slow down, even if the driver fails to see the person. While such systems are not yet capable of preventing these tragedies, they do show promise. Perhaps the cars of the future will be better than humans at seeing people on the road.
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Sources:https://www.wcjb.com/content/news/US-Highway-441-Fatal-Pedestrian-Crash-567359291.html and https://newsroom.aaa.com/2019/10/aaa-warns-pedestrian-detection-systems-dont-work-when-needed-most/ and https://www.curbed.com/2018/9/27/17909270/pedestrian-deaths-suv-car-design