Pedestrians have no defense against vehicles weighing dozens of times more than they do and traveling at high speeds. Every year, thousands of pedestrians will lose their lives, because drivers do not see them or are driving carelessly. In fact, a major cause of pedestrian accidents is poor visibility.
Nashville Police have responded to the problem by launching a campaign aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian accidents. The Be Aware, Be Seen and Arrive Alive campaign will focus on advice for both pedestrians and motorists. Police estimate that as many as 25 to 35 percent of fatal accidents in Nashville involve a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.
Nashville law enforcement will educate the public on how they can avoid being catastrophically injured by vehicles. They recommend wearing reflective or bright clothing when walking, always using sidewalks and using crosswalks when they are available.
Police are also asking motorists to keep a close eye out for pedestrians, especially in poorly lit areas. Nashville started the campaign on October 11 of last year, and data on its effectiveness will likely follow in the coming months.
Nashville is not alone in the fight to protect pedestrians, and the issue has gained federal attention. In response to over 4,400 pedestrian deaths in 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration committed more than $3.8 billion to 11,000 projects designed to make public infrastructure safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
WHAT CAN I DO IF A NEGLIGENT DRIVER INJURES ME?
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to secure compensation for your injuries. Many pedestrian accidents involve dangerous or impaired driving and motorists can be held financially responsible for the medical bills, lost income and suffering of their victims. You can reach out to our injury attorney today for a free consultation.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
You can learn more about Be Aware, Be Seen and Arrive Alive by visiting the Nashville Police website.