Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in Clarkesville, Tennessee
CLARKSVILLE, TN- Clarksvillenow.com writes that a car struck a pedestrian in Clarkesville this week in a late evening collision. The victim is still in a hospital in Nashville but is reportedly in stable condition.*
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as a seventeen-year-old girl who was operating a 2008 Dodge Avenger southbound on Fort Campbell Boulevard. The victim was attempting to cross the street at the time of the crash. Police reports indicate that the driver failed to see the 51-year-old victim prior to striking the person. The area around the site of the collision is dark, and there is no crosswalk or intersection at the location. No charges have been filed against the driver at this time.
Pedestrian deaths are continuing to rise in the United States. Poor lighting is a major factor in many of these incidents. Most fatal pedestrian crashes take place when it is dark out. Drivers often fail to see people in the roadway until there is too little time to react. Headlights do not provide adequate lighting in many of these situations.
Lighting can help reduce the risk of crashes in general, and adding additional lighting to areas such as busy intersections could greatly reduce the risk of deadly collisions and pedestrian incidents. Speed is another factor in many pedestrian incidents, and reducing the speed limit in places with heavy foot traffic could lower risks to pedestrians as well.
In the future, technology may greatly improve safety for pedestrians. Currently, pedestrian detection technology is not sophisticated enough to prevent crashes that take place during the day, let alone at night when they would be most useful.
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Sources:https://clarksvillenow.com/local/pedestrian-in-stable-condition-after-being-struck-by-car/ and https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/conventional/unsignalized/case_studies/fhwasa09017/ and https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic/world_report/speed_en.pdf (downloads a PDF file) and https://aaafoundation.org/impact-speed-pedestrians-risk-severe-injury-death/