Tragic Pedestrian Crash Kills One on Beverly Parkway in Brent, Florida (FL)
BRENT, FL- Wkrg.com writes that a man died this week in Brent when a car struck him on the Beverly Parkway. The victim appears to have suffered impacts from two separate vehicles.*
Police have yet to release information regarding the identities of anyone involved in the early morning accident.
Pedestrian crashes are an all too common occurrence in the Sunshine State. In a recent report, Florida came in the number one spot for pedestrian deaths. Florida is not alone, however, in its pedestrian carnage. As a nation, the United States is failing to adequately protect the most vulnerable road users. The number of pedestrians dying rose 35 percent between 2008 and 2017.
One of the major causes of the increase in fatal pedestrian crashes is that Americans love big cars. SUVs are becoming the vehicle of choice for more people across the country every year. As the preference for SUVs increases, the number of people killed in pedestrian crashes has also jumped.
SUVs, while they are safer for occupants, are more likely to cause deadly injuries to pedestrians.
However, SUVs are not the lone cause of the higher number of fatal pedestrian crashes. Distracted driving is also frequently cited as a contributing factor, and the roads themselves are appearing to be hazardous due to their design.
Many roads are developed to accommodate high-speed traffic. With high-speed limits, few safe places to cross, and long blocks that encourage speeding, the roads are not made for foot traffic. Florida is home to many of these poorly designed roads, and to eight out of the ten deadliest cities in which to walk.
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