Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Smyrna Under Investigation
SMYRNA, GA- Northwestgeorgianews.com writes that a pedestrian died in a collision over the weekend in Smyrna. The wreck occurred in the evening at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and Windy Hill. Officers responded to a call about a pedestrian incident and found the victim, a 65-year-old man, unresponsive at the scene.*
Responders transported the victim to the Kennestone Hospital, where medical providers declared the man dead. Police are still working to understand the cause of the crash. Officers requested that anyone with information regarding the accident report to the police.
Pedestrian accidents have risen in Georgia and nationally as well. Most fatal pedestrian incidents occur in the evening when drivers have a limited view of the roadway. The rise in fatal pedestrian accidents likely has to do with the increasing popularity of SUVs around the country. Larger vehicles carry a greater risk to pedestrians. When a person is struck by an SUV, the results are about two times as likely to be fatal as they would be in the case of a pedestrian crash with a sedan.
Another likely cause of these incidents is cell phones, which lead to distraction among both drivers and those traveling on foot. While the number of pedestrian crashes involving cell phones is unclear, the rise in the use of these devices and the increase in pedestrian deaths occurred at the same time.
There are many possible ways to increase pedestrian safety. Some of the common ideas include lowering speed limits, increasing lighting in pedestrian heavy areas, and installation of more crosswalks. Pedestrian detecting technology may also help to improve safety for everyone walking near the road.
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Sources:http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/region/smyrna-pd-investigating-fatal-pedestrian-collision/article_df764eec-f89f-5597-84cc-ae3a7a2e1444.html and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/ and https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/pedestrian-detection-works-but-technology-still-has-ways-to-go-aaa-study-finds/ and http://www.pedbikesafe.org/pedsafe/countermeasures_detail.cfm?CM_NUM=8