A tragic traffic accident in which two people’s lives died out, it moves emotions in a wide region. On the main road Kolín – Prague, close to the petrol station near Český Brod, a car crashed with two pedestrians. According to yet unconfirmed information was to be a married couple. The man was dead on the spot after the clash, and despite all the rescuers’ care, the woman eventually succumbed to her injuries.
This was confirmed by the spokesperson of the Central Bohemian emergency service Petra Effenbergerová. “The first person suffered injuries incompatible with life, unfortunately, the doctor could not but declare death. The rescuers tried to revive the other person for several tens of minutes, but despite all efforts, it was not possible,” the spokeswoman said.
Cologne firefighters also intervened on the spot, lighting up the scene of the hit, and together with the post-traumatic care team tried to provide psychological assistance to the driver of the car.
It was only during the night that the victims of the traffic accident were identified. “It was a sixty-three-year-old man and a fifty-five-year-old woman,” police spokeswoman Martina Fejfarova said.
The huge disaster in Český Brod has been the subject of many discussions. “It is a disaster on all sides, including the driver, who has been ruined all her life and yet the pedestrians may have had no chance to see in time,” Stanislav Soukup, for example, said.
According to him, he froze completely when he realized he was passing the gas station shortly before the fatal accident. “But it was still a little light,” he added.
It is around the visibility of pedestrians that a great debate has now begun among people. According to the unconfirmed information, both pedestrians who died at Český Brod should have been in dark clothing and without reflective elements or other signs that would make them more visible in the dark. The police, appeal once again to pedestrians and cyclists not to underestimate visibility.
The cause of many traffic accidents is the lack of visibility. Of course, pedestrians are the most vulnerable when visibility is reduced. Drivers who hurt pedestrians or cyclists agree that they have not seen him at all or too late. Cars and motorcycles, as well as cyclists, are obliged to light, pedestrians are not obliged to do so. For their safety, pedestrians and cyclists should use reflective materials. It is recommended for motorcyclists. “It also happened to me that I was glad to avoid an unlit cyclist. And when I called him out of the window where he got the light, he was still screaming at me,” one of the drivers described his unpleasant experience.
According to another addressed driver, the worst pedestrians are in dark clothes. “And today’s youngsters will throw their hoods over their heads so that the driver will never see them at all. Such a teenager went to the crossing the other day without looking around and wearing headphones. And would anyone wonder if I knocked him off?” She said emphatically, saying that it had happened in the city, where there were street lights and fifty. The tragedy near Brod occurred outside the village – on the first-class road.
Reflective tape can save your life
A series of tests have shown that when a person is in dark, blue clothing, the driver can record it at a distance of 18 meters. It is better, for example, with the yellow color of the clothes, when the pedestrian is recorded at a distance of 37 meters, in white the driver can see it at 55 meters. But even this distance is not sufficient at night to safely avoid pedestrians. Pedestrians should therefore always have an element on their clothing that would make them more visible.
Fluorescent materials increase visibility in daylight and dusk but lose their function in the dark. It is preferable to use reflective materials – they reflect light in a narrow cone to the source, up to a distance of about 200 meters. They significantly increase visibility in the dark and in reduced visibility. Reflective material is visible at night 3 times greater than white clothing and more than 10 times greater than blue clothing.
It is best to place objects made of reflective materials at the end of the sleeves, close to the knees and at the waist level (cyclists also wear helmets and reflective vests ). Children can then get clothes that are already equipped with elements of reflective materials, as well as already equipped school bags.