A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that recently, more than 800 pedestrians have been killed on highways and interstates in the U.S. A great majority of these fatalities occur when pedestrians attempt to cross interstates in urban areas. Other data reveals that between 2009 and 2018, pedestrian fatalities overall increased by 53%, now accounting for about 17% of all traffic deaths.
During the same time frame, pedestrian fatalities along interstates increased by 60%. These crashes occurred most often at night and took place in locations where the posted speed limit was 65 m.p.h. On average, 9 of 10 pedestrians hit by a vehicle going 55 m.p.h.die from their injuries.
The Rockdale Newton Citizen reports that two people have died following a Sunday accident on I-20.
The accident occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near the GA Highway 138 interchange.
A 70-year-old man attempting to cross the interstate was hit by a Nissan Maxima. It was not immediately known why the man was attempting to cross the interstate.
Two crashes that occurred secondary to the initial pedestrian accident shut down most of the westbound lanes of the interstate for hours.
One of those accidents occurred when a Toyota SUV stopped for the first accident. He was rear-ended by a Nissan truck. A backseat passenger in the Toyota succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident.
The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is conducting an investigation into the crash.
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