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Are Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in Tennessee?

Nashville has seen an unusually high rate of pedestrian accidents so far this year. A record-setting 19 pedestrians have been killed in the city so far, with two months remaining. What is causing this increase in accidents and what can we do to combat it? Nashville’s growing populace and popularity are leading to an increase in traffic on both streets and sidewalks. This means there is a higher chance of car-versus-pedestrian accidents, which are often catastrophic or fatal. And as winter approaches, the days will get shorter and the sun will hang lower in the sky. This often correlates with higher rates of accidents. To fight this increasing rate of accidents, Walk Bike Nashville and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office are teaming up to raise pedestrian awareness. How You Can Help Prevent Pedestrian Accidents According to Walk Bike, behaviors like wearing dark clothing, walking at night or walking drunk have…
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Is Carpooling Safer than Driving in Nashville?

Carpooling has many benefits. You save money on gas, you help the environment and you get access to carpool (HOV) lanes, which can drastically reduce your commuting time. But do these special carpool lanes prevent accidents by putting less cars on the road – or do they actually make roads more dangerous? There are two common forms of HOV lanes: those with physical barriers, and those without. Regardless of barriers, these HOV lanes create a speed differential that can contribute to accidents. Just like how car accidents often occur at interchanges, where cars are either speeding up or slowing down to enter or exit highways, the difference in speeds combined with the changing of lanes make HOV lanes prone to accidents. Of course, without barriers, the speed differential is the bigger problem. With barriers, it is the necessity for more interchanges that leads to car accidents. In Fact, a Texas…
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Is a Lack of Crossing Guards Endangering Students?

Is a lack of crossing guards making your children more likely to suffer injury in pedestrian accidents? Some East Nashville parents are speaking out about busy intersections their children have to cross to get to school. One parent spoke specifically about Gallatin Avenue in front of East Nashville Magnet, where there is no crossing guard. The Tennessee Department of Transportation reports that on average, almost 22,000 cars drive through that corridor every day. Without a crossing guard, parents say, their children are exposed to drivers speeding, texting while driving and other dangerous behaviors. According to Metro police, 94 crossing guards cover 200 school zones in Nashville throughout the year. Do Crossing Guards Make Pedestrian Crossings Safer? Child pedestrians account for 22 percent of child road traffic fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A large proportion of their exposure to vehicles is during their walk to school….
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