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2017 One of the Deadliest Years on Record for Pedestrians

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…
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Failure to Yield: Nashville’s Dangerous Intersections

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…
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How to Stay Safe on the Side of the Road

Breaking down on the side of a highway can be a harrowing experience. Safety Tips for the Side of the Road If your car begins to exhibit signs of an imminent breakdown, pull over as far as you can on the side of the road. The closer your car is to the white demarcation line separating the road from the shoulder, the more likely you are to suffer injuries. Make yourself and your car as visible as possible, especially at night or in low visibility. Turn on your emergency flashers if they are operable, and turn on your headlights and taillights. If you have emergency flares or road strobes, place them intermittently every few feet around your car. If possible, wear bright or reflective clothing. Ideally, you should keep a reflective vest in your car. You never know when you might need it. Pay attention to oncoming traffic. Not every…
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