STATEN ISLAND, NY- According to SILIVE.com, a pedestrian was struck in the course of a two-vehicle collision in Rosebank on Friday, October 19, 2018. The pedestrian accident took place at about 7:50 in the evening.
Reports indicate that one vehicle struck another vehicle that was in the intersection of Tomkins Avenue and Hylan Boulevard.
The police stated that the pedestrian-only sustained minor injuries in the accident. One individual was transported to the Staten Island University Hospital.
According to witnesses, the pedestrian that was hit was a woman who was crossing the street when the vehicles collided. Police are still carrying out the investigation into the cause of the crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in collisions with vehicles. Another 70,000 or so people were injured in pedestrian accidents.
Unfortunately, pedestrian deaths are on the rise.** One major reason for the increased number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States is the higher number of people purchasing SUVs. SUVs are more likely than cars to cause deadly pedestrian crashes. This is in part because the vehicles are taller and tend to strike people in their head and chest more often. The vehicles are bigger and weight more as well. It may also be the case that drivers of SUVs are less likely to see people who are walking.
SUVs are becoming increasingly common and popular among Americans. Programs such as Vision Zero will have to start looking at the impact SUVs are having on pedestrian accidents in order to determine whether there are ways to make these massive vehicles safer for people on the road.
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