East Charlotte Pedestrian Incident Injures One
CHARLOTTE, NC- Wbtv.com writes that a crash took place in east Charlotte late last week close to Central Avenue and The Plaza in the evening hours. A vehicle struck a pedestrian, injuring that individual. The police have not released the details regarding the way in which the accident happened or the nature of the injuries that the pedestrian sustained.*
Every year about 3,000 pedestrians in North Carolina are hit by cars. Additionally, 850 cyclists are struck by cars in the state on an annual basis. The numbers indicate that South Carolina is one of the most dangerous places in the country to walk or cycle. About 160 of those pedestrian accidents end in fatalities, and about twenty cyclists are killed as well.
Pedestrians are vulnerable on the road. Tests have shown that people face an 85 percent chance of being killed in a pedestrian accident if the vehicle is traveling just 40 miles per hour.
North Carolina is not alone in facing a high number of pedestrian accidents each year. Across the United States, deadly incidents involving pedestrians are on the rise. Many of these crashes take place at night, and distracted driving, poor visibility, and alcohol are thought to be some of the main contributing factors. Better lighting in intersections or areas with a lot of foot traffic could help to prevent some of the accidents. Vehicle technology is also beginning to include protections for pedestrians, including vehicles that can detect a person on the road and either alert the driver or even brake automatically.
Large vehicles, which are extremely popular in the United States, are also adding to the roadway dangers for cyclists and pedestrians. Fatal injuries are more likely when the vehicles involved are taller and more massive.
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