The city of Nashville has seen fewer pedestrians killed on the city’s highways so far this year and if these numbers continue at the rate they are occurring, it might represent a significant decrease in fatalities from 2017, according to WMOT. Walk Bike Nashville, which is an organization that “is working to build a more walkable, bikeable, and livable Nashville,” said that four people have been killed so far in 2018 whereas 23 were struck in 2017. Although the year is far from over, the organization believes that we may be headed in a direction where we may actually begin to see fewer people being killed on Nashville roadways. Unfortunately, just because the number of fatalities might go down, the organization can’t quite say the same for pedestrians who suffered an injury.
Nora Kern, who is a member of the Walk Bike Nashville’s organization, says that pedestrians who suffer an injury but survive are harder to track as the numbers recorded “can be inaccurate seeing that not everyone who is hit by a car will always report it.”
What Does Walk Bike Nashville Do for the Community?
The goal of the organization is the following:
- Educate– The organization works to educate residents of Nashville “so that they can safely access the city’s streets, bikeways, greenways, and sidewalks.”
- Engage– Those involved in the organization work to “promote fun, meaningful events for walking and biking with the understanding that these events can positively impact walking and bicycling activity in our city.”
- Advocate– The Walk Bike Nashville “promotes public policy that supports our mission and serves an advocate for pedestrians and bicyclists by working with key stakeholders to continually improve the availability and safety of sidewalks, bikeways, and greenways.”
Some tips the organization believes can help decrease the chances of an accident occurring involving a pedestrian are shared below.
5 Tips for Drivers and Pedestrians to Help Reduce the Chances of an Accident Occurring
- Kern says that both drivers and pedestrians need to put their cell phones down.
- Be especially careful at night as this is when the majority of crashes occur.
- If you are out driving at night, consider reducing your speed maybe five or ten miles just to be on the safe side
- Use crosswalks when available and obey traffic signals.
- Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers before stepping into the street.
If you are interested in learning more about the Walk Bike Nashville, the contact information for this organization is outlined below for your convenience.
Address: 943 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206
Why should accident victims consider contacting a Nashville accident attorney following an injury?
While it is always good to hear that there is a decline in the number of pedestrian deaths, still, many lives are negatively impacted by careless individuals who failed to account for those who travel by foot. So, if you are someone who has sustained an injury in a collision or while crossing the street, you are encouraged to speak with a TN accident lawyer who understands the laws that may help you successfully file a claim against the party who has caused your distress.
USAttorneys.com has been helping victims retain legal aid for years now and would be more than happy to help you get connected with a lawyer in Nashville who can help you too.