Woman in Critical Condition after Pedestrian Crash on Pier Road on Okaloosa Island, Florida
OKALOOSA ISLAND, FL- Nwfdailynews.com writes that a woman suffered critical injuries in a pedestrian crash on US Highway 98 earlier this week. Reports indicate that a 34-year-old woman was driving a 2012 Dodge Caravan westbound on Pier Road when the pedestrian attempted to cross the road.*
Responders transported the victim to the Fort Walton Medical Center, where her condition is said to be critical. Police have not stated whether any charges are pending against the driver.
Florida repeatedly finds itself ranking poorly when it comes to pedestrian safety and road safety in general. The Sunshine State was recently found to be the worst state in the county for pedestrian crashes. Around the United States, pedestrians are dying in higher numbers each year. In 2018, the number of deaths was far greater than 6,000. Pedestrian deaths have not been this high in about 30 years.
Many of the factors driving pedestrian fatality rates are impacting all parts of the country. One of the most significant problems is the prevalence of sports utility vehicles and pickup trucks on American roadways. While manufacturers are catering to the tastes of motorists, who increasingly choose bigger, taller vehicles, they are lagging behind in making those vehicles safer for pedestrians. The tall, flat front of SUVs and other small trucks leads to deadly results when it collides with humans. Studies indicate that these larger vehicles present a risk of death that is about twice that of a sedan.
Other factors are clearly at play in Florida. Many believe that the roads are designed to encourage drivers to speed. Florida’s highway safety laws are also inadequate to prevent tragic crashes. The state does not have many of the laws that have been shown to encourage safer driving.
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Sources:https://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20200204/woman-in-critical-condition-after-pedestrian-crash and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/ and https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article224923045.html and https://www.npr.org/2019/02/28/699195211/pedestrian-deaths-reach-highest-level-in-decades-report-says and https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/01/22/florida-ranked-one-of-the-worst-states-for-highway-safety-laws