COOK COUNTY, IL- The chicago.suntimes.com writes that a man was struck by a vehicle in Country Club Hills on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The victim was identified as James Higgins, 59, of Markham. Higgins was hit on the 16900 blocks of South Pulaski Road at about 9:45 p.m. and then declared dead shortly after.
The autopsy report stated that the victim’s cause of death was blunt force traumathat he sustained when he was struck. Higgins’ death was ruled an accident.
Reports indicate that in 2017, almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in the United States. The number of deaths is the highest the country has experienced in about 25 years. Some studies indicate that distracted driving and distracted walking are both contributing factors. While it isnot entirely clear why pedestrian deaths are increasing across America, two widely held theories are that distractions from smartphones and increased marijuana use are both likely to blame.
Texting and driving is a known danger and typically illegal. However, texting and walking can be hazardous as well. When both drivers and pedestrians are staring at phones, the chances of accidents increase greatly.
Drugged driving is another likely factor because states that legalized marijuana haveexperienced an increase in pedestrian fatalities of about 16.4 percent while other states saw a decrease in pedestrian deaths.
Many of the accidents occur when it is dark out. About 75 percent of pedestrian accidents happen at night.
In response to the reports from 2017, some places have made walking across streets while looking at a phone illegal. However, others argue that it is difficult and may not be effective to use regulations to get rid of distractions.
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