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Safety Study Blames Engineering For Pedestrian Accidents

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As we reported last week, two Tennessee cities are near the top of the rankings when it comes to the deadliest metro areas for pedestrian accidents.

News outlets are now taking notice. Last week, reported that the Memphis metro area is listed as the fifth most dangerous area and Nashville as the 15th most dangerous area for pedestrians, after a study from the National Complete Streets Coalition was released.

The coalition said that poor designs at intersections are to blame for a number of deaths.

“[Intersections have] been engineered and operated for speeding traffic with little or no provision for the safety of people walking or biking or using public transit,” coalition director Roger Millar told the news outlet.

Overall, Tennessee ranked as the 11th most dangerous state for pedestrians, with 800 deaths from 2003 to 2012, reported. According to the coalition, there were more than 47,000 pedestrian deaths during that time nationally, along with nearly 700,000 injuries.

Are There Legal Options If I Have Been Injured in a Nashville Pedestrian Accident?

Pedestrian accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries like paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and severe burns, because there are no protections for the victims who are hit.

Aside from injuries, pedestrian accidents can lead to wrongful death. Keep in mind—pedestrians have just as much a right to the road as motor vehicles do. If you have been injured or had a loved one killed in a pedestrian accident, contact us today.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”– Philippians 4:19

Davis’ Words of Wisdom: From 2003-2012, the Nashville metro area had an average of 1.25 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people.


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