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Failure to Yield: Nashville’s Dangerous Intersections

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Are pedestrians in danger walking downtown due to drivers failing to yield? According to pedestrians who frequent Demonbreun Street, the answer is yes.

Resident Bradley Walker says that he is nearly killed every day trying to cross the street, whether it’s day or night. Another resident, Nathan Pierce, says that to cross, you essentially have to run out into moving traffic. Another resident, Julia Rules, compared the crosswalk to the arcade game “Frogger.”

While pedestrians have the right of way at intersections and driveways under Tennessee law, this does not always prevent accidents. According to Nashville records, at least 19 people have been killed in pedestrian accidents this year. With a little less than two months left in the year, that number surpassed last year’s total pedestrian fatalities (16). As a result of this year’s increase in pedestrian accidents, Walk Bike Nashville and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office have teamed up to promote the “Look For Me” campaign, a pedestrian awareness campaign. As the winter months creep in and the days become shorter, it is important for every driver to be aware of the dangers facing pedestrians on Nashville roads.

When pedestrians are struck by cars, often the result is catastrophic injury or even death. Victims of pedestrian accidents and their families are entitled to damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more under Tennessee law if the accident was caused by a driver’s negligence, as they often are. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, our Nashville law firm is prepared to fight for your recovery.

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