Tragic Crash on Beverly Parkway in Escambia County, Florida (FL)
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL- Weartv.com writes that a car struck and killed a pedestrian in the early morning this week in Escambia County. The crash occurred on Beverly Parkway, close to its intersection with Palm Court.*
Reports indicate that the victim was struck by one car and then propelled into the air before coming down in another lane.
Pedestrian deaths are much higher in recent years than they were a decade ago. These crashes are not occurring at the same rate in all parts of the country, though, and in fact, almost half of the people who die in these collisions are killed in just five states.
Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Texas, and California together account for 47 percent of the pedestrians killed in the nation.
Pedestrians might be safer if crosswalks were more visible. Most pedestrians are killed away from intersections on local roads and at night. Visibility is clearly a factor that is causing many of these incidents.
Of course, there are plenty of unsafe driving habits that also lead to pedestrian collisions. For instance, drivers who speed, are distracted, or under the influence still cause many tragic crashes.
Any attempt to explain the drastic increase in pedestrian deaths would be incomplete without noting that people are now driving much larger cars than they did in the past. As compared to a sedan, an SUV is about two times as likely to kill a pedestrian. Certainly, the rate of deadly pedestrian collisions involving SUV has risen much faster than the rate of pedestrian deaths caused by sedans.
When cars and pedestrians collide, the pedestrian is the one who is going to suffer the consequences. Safety advocates state that more needs to be done to protect people from cars.
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