Two Pedestrians Die in Tragic Crash on State Road 6 in Hamilton County, Florida (FL)
HAMILTON COUNTY, FL- Wctv.tv writes that a crash occurred this week in Hamilton County that led to the deaths of two pedestrians. The incident occurred on State Road 6 in the late evening.*
The victims, identified as a 40-year-old man from Madison and a 31-year-old woman from Lake Park, Georgia, died at the scene. The vehicle that struck the pair was a tractor-trailer that was heading eastbound at the time of the wreck. The Florida Highway Patrol is carrying out the investigation into the collision. So far, no charges are pending against the truck driver.
Pedestrian crashes are sadly common for Florida's roads. Florida, Georgia, Arizona, California, and Texas together account for close to half of all pedestrian deaths.
Overall, the number of these incidents is increasing and has been for several years. There are multiple reasons that more pedestrians are dying now than in the recent past. One likely cause is the surge in SUV sales throughout the nation. As American drivers increasingly show a preference for these larger vehicles, the risks to pedestrians have increased dramatically. Studies show that when an SUV strikes a pedestrian, the victim is about two times as likely to suffer deadly injuries as would a person who had been struck by a sedan.
The number of collisions that occur at night also rose dramatically. In the course of one decade, deadly pedestrian crashes occurring after dark jumped by 67 percent. Daytime pedestrian deaths also went up during that same period, but only by sixteen percent. It is likely that visibility is a major factor in many of these incidents.
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