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Tragic Pedestrian Collision Reported on Highway 98 in Destin, Florida


March 21, 2020

DESTIN, FL- Wkrg.com writes that a man died in a pedestrian incident in Destin, Florida. The victim was identified as a man in his mid-twenties. The motorist was driving east when the man attempted to cross the roadway at night. According to reports, the incident did not occur in a crosswalk.*

The identities of the victim and the driver have not been released at this time. Police stated that there were multiple witnesses to the collision. 

The majority of pedestrian crashes occur at night. In fact, while pedestrian incidents are increasing rapidly around the country, nighttime collisions rose much more dramatically. Visibility is one of the main causes of these incidents. 

Drivers are not able to see people in the street at night until they are fairly close. When cars are traveling at high rates of speed, this can mean that the driver will not have enough time to stop his or her vehicle once they notice a person in the roadway. 

Lower speed limits could help to prevent many of these crashes and lower the number of collisions that result in death. When a car is traveling at about twenty miles per hour, most pedestrians will survive an impact. As the speed of the vehicle increases, the risk of death rises as well. Additionally, when a driver travels slowly, they are less likely to strike a person in the first place as they will have more time to react. 

With the number of pedestrian fatalities reaching levels higher than at any time in more than 30 years, it is important that significant steps are taken to prevent these collisions. 

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.wkrg.com/northwest-florida/ocso-destin-man-struck-and-killed-crossing-highway-98/ and https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/27/health/pedestrian-fatalties-rise-trnd/index.html and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pedestrian_safety/index.html and http://www.20splenty.org/


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