2017 One of the Deadliest Years on Record for Pedestrians
Posted on by Stanley Davis
As the year comes to a close, we examine some sobering statistics regarding pedestrian accidents in Music City in 2017. As of early November, 19 pedestrians have been killed in the city – and November and December tend to be the deadliest months of the year for accidents. That means this number, already a record-breaker, could very well increase before 2018 starts.
The group Walk Bike Nashville has teamed up with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to launch the “Look for Me” campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of the issue of pedestrian safety and help keep our citizens safe on the roads. “Look for Me” is part of a statewide initiative to reduce the rates of walking and bicycling injuries and deaths. These types of accidents have been on the rise in recent years, not just in Nashville but across Tennessee.
The majority of these types of accidents occur on major states arterial roads, such as Murfreesboro, Gallatin, Nolensville and Bell Road. A study from Walk Bike Nashville showed that between 2012 and 2016, over 80 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred on state roads. This is due in part to the higher speeds, wider roads, lack of crosswalks and large number of public transit users.
WHAT DO I DO IF I LOSE A LOVED ONE IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT IN NASHVILLE?
Pedestrian fatalities are an especially tragic way to lose a loved one, because they are completely preventable. If you lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident, not only will you have to struggle with the grief and mourning of your loss, but you will also be forced to deal with financial uncertainties and costs including medical bills, funeral and burial costs and more. That is why it is important to speak to a wrongful death attorney. Your attorney can help you navigate the complexities of the paperwork and finances related to the wrongful death of your loved one so you can focus on mourning and healing with your family.
Psalm 107:20, “He sent out His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.”