ROCKFORD, IL- Patch.com writes that a woman was killed in an accident involving a box truck in Rockford on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The crash occurred on 11thStreet at about 7:30 in the evening.
The victim was identified as a 53-year-old woman. The woman was transported to a nearby hospitaland was declared dead. The truck driver remained at the site of the crash.
The street was closed for several hours asa result of the incident.
The accident is under investigation.
Pedestrian accidents are becoming more common and deadlier in the United States. Part of the reason is that there are more large vehicles on the road. SUVs and trucks are becoming more popular than cars, andthe result is that pedestrians are more likely to be hit bigger vehicles. These vehicles cause more damage because rather than hitting a person in their lower half of the body, vehicles are striking them in the chest and causing much more severe injuries.
Another issue is the speed at which vehicles are traveling. The rate of survival in pedestrian accidents is much higher when vehicles are traveling at lower speed limits. A person who is hit by a vehicle traveling 20miles per hour has around a 93 percent chance of living. If a car is driving 45 miles per hour, the person only has a less than 50 percent chance of survival.
In Illinois, the state has been increasing the speed limits in many places. Higher speed limits make for deadlier crashes. Traffic safety advocates argue that in places with a lot of pedestrian traffic, the speed limit should not exceed 20 miles per hour.
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