Another Nashville Pedestrian Death Raises Safety Concerns
11/4/2019 Car Accidents John Whitfield
A WeGo bus killed a Nashville pedestrian this past Thursday morning, close to a train bridge underpass in an area with high pedestrian foot traffic. The 54-year-old pedestrian death victim fell from the sidewalk as the bus passed and was crushed under its rear wheels, said police spokesman Don Aaron. The crash elicited concerns about safety, with some pedestrians and bus riders saying they often see cars speeding and drivers often ignoring a mid-block pedestrian crossing with a flashing light. That crossing is about 200 feet from where the man died Thursday.
The pedestrian death is the 16th so far in 2019, according to the volunteer-run Nashville Pedestrian Death Registry. Five to ten percent of roadway accident deaths in Tennessee involve pedestrians. The safety of those walking along our roadways is in jeopardy, as evidenced by the recent series of auto pedestrian accidents.
Causes of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Even alert drivers pay most of their attention to other vehicles on the road and not to bicyclists and/or pedestrians. Pedestrians can include those walking, jogging, skateboarding, traveling in wheelchairs or other assistive devices, and riding scooters.
Pedestrian accidents are caused by driver distraction, speeding, failure to yield the right of way, failure to obey traffic signals, and more. Alcohol is a factor in about half of all pedestrian accidents, involving either an intoxicated driver or an intoxicated pedestrian. Some additional examples of negligence that can lead to a pedestrian crash include:
- Texting and driving
- Looking at GPS or a navigation app
- Failing to check both directions when pulling out of a driveway or parking lot
- Ignoring “walk” signals
- Running traffic lights or stop signs
- Fatigued driving or falling asleep at the wheel
Nashville Pedestrian Death Lawyer
If a vehicle injured you or a loved one while crossing the street, walking on a sidewalk, or along the side of the road, you may have the legal right to financial compensation from the responsible party or parties. Our Nashville law firm offers free, no-obligation consultations to those injured or the families of those killed by the fault of another.
Pedestrian death cases can be very complex, and hiring a law firm familiar with the issues involved is you best option for obtaining the compensation you deserve. Our personal injury attorneys have a proven track record of success litigating injury and death claims on behalf of clients and families living with the tragedy of a serious or fatal pedestrian accident.