Pickup Truck Strikes Man in Tragic Escambia County Pedestrian Crash
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL- Wkrg.com writes that a man was struck by a pickup truck while walking on New Warrington Spur in the evening this week in Escambia County. The victim, identified as a 64-year-old man from Pensacola, was struck close to the intersection with Ruby Avenue.*
The driver was identified as a 56-year-old man who was also from Pensacola and who was operating a Nissan Frontier. According to reports, the truck was heading eastbound, and the victim was in the outside lane of travel when the truck collided with him. The victim was declared dead at the scene of the accident.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that there has been a 53 percent rise in pedestrian crashes throughout the United States since the numbers hit a low point in 2009.
The problem could be at least partially addressed through improved infrastructure, such as measures that can separate people and traffic. Improved lighting is another way that traffic engineers could increase safety for pedestrians by making them more visible to drivers. The timing of signals at intersections could also be altered to reduce the risk of these tragic accidents.
The vehicles involved are another factor, and the IIHS points out that improved design could mitigate the risk of injury if a car does strike a person. There are also hopes that pedestrian detecting crash avoidance systems will be able to prevent many of these crashes from occurring.
Alcohol is less often a factor in pedestrian crashes at night than it was in the past. In 1982, 61 percent of pedestrians killed at night had blood alcohol levels of .08 percent or higher. In 2018, 42 percent of nighttime victims had BACs of .08 percent or more.
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