Tragic Crash Kills Pedestrian in Palm Beach, Florida
PALM BEACH, FL- The palmbeachspost.com reports that a vehicle struck and killed an 87-year-old woman on Forest Hill Boulevard this week. The victim was reportedly attempting to cross the road at the time of the collision. *
Reports indicate that the incident occurred in the early morning. No crosswalk exists in the area of the incident. A 2004 Nissan Armada struck the woman, who died at the scene of the crash. The investigation is still underway, and it is not yet clear whether charges are pending.
Pedestrian crashes are common and kill thousands of people in America every year. Florida is the worst state for these incidents and has the highest number of fatal pedestrian collisions in the nation. There are a number of ways to increase safety for pedestrians, including lowering the speed limit for vehicles. The speed at which a car is traveling has a major impact on the chances of a crash resulting in death. Safety advocates often advise lowering the speed limit in areas where there are often pedestrians.
Of course, crosswalks are also an important factor in pedestrian safety. When people cross the road in places where they are not expected to cross, the results can be tragic. Pedestrians can better protect themselves by only crossing in marked crosswalks. However, in many locations, there are no convenient places to cross the road. Adding additional crosswalks is one way to reduce the risk to pedestrians.
In Florida, the roads are designed to accommodate cars and not people. While pedestrians face risks in all states, the roads in Florida are leading to a higher number of crashes indicating that the state is more hazardous than other parts of the country.
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Sources:https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20200223/woman-87-fatally-struck-by-suv-in-palm-springs and https://www.wflx.com/2020/02/23/year-old-pedestrian-fatally-struck-sunday-morning-west-palm-beach/ and https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article224923045.html and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/05/31/3-graphs-that-explain-why-20-mph-should-be-the-limit-on-city-streets/