LONG ISLAND, NY- According to Longisland.com , a teenager was injured in a motor vehicle collision in Commack, New York. The victim was a 16-year-old pedestrian who was crossing the street at about 7:20 in the evening when he was hit by a 2003 Jaguar X-Type.
The driver of the Jaguar was identified as 69-year-old George Geevarghese of Commack.
The teen lives in Commack, where he attends school. He was taken to the Stony Brook University Hospital where he was reported in stable condition.
Deadly pedestrian crashes have been on the rise across the country, and in the past two years, the death toll from these accidents has hit nearly 6,000 annual fatalities. Most pedestrian accidents take place at night when people are less visible to drivers.
While there are many theories about why more pedestrians have been dying each year, there is no real consensus about what is driving the higher number of crashes. There is some evidence that the rise is the result of SUVs, which are larger and are more likely to cause severe injuries and death than are smaller cars. The improving economy and cheaper gas could be leading to there being more vehicles on the road which would make accidents more likely. There is also some evidence that the rate of pedestrian deaths is higher in places that have legalized marijuana indicating that drivers under the influence of this drug could be causing more crashes.
These accidents are not inevitable, and there are things that can be done to prevent pedestrian crashes. In New York City, fewer pedestrians were killed last year than in any year on record thanks to the efforts of the Vision Zero program. By making better-designed streets and lowering speed limits, the rate of accidents decreased. In the future, technology that identifies pedestrians may be able to reduce further the number of pedestrians who are injured or killed in America.
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