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Pedestrian Fatalities On the Rise Throughout Tennessee

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Jacksboro pedestrian accident attorneyAccording to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an American pedestrian is killed every 1.5 hours in an accident involving a motor vehicle. Due to the size and weight of standard passenger automobiles and the lack of protection that pedestrians have in the event of a collision, severe injuries and even death are quite common in pedestrian accidents. Throughout 2016, just under 6,000 pedestrians were fatally injured throughout the United States. If you or a loved one have been injured after being struck by a motor vehicle, you should contact a quality team of legal representatives to determine your options for receiving compensation for your damages. 

Pedestrian Deaths in Tennessee

Here in the state of Tennessee, pedestrian fatalities seem to be on the rise. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, approximately 1,559 pedestrians were fatally injured in the state throughout 2017. This marked a 5% increase in pedestrian fatalities in comparison to the previous year. In highly populated areas throughout the state, fatal pedestrian accidents are increasingly common. In Memphis alone, there were 28 pedestrian deaths in 2016. In Nashville, 16 pedestrians were fatally injured in the same year. 

Avoiding Pedestrian Fatalities

In many cases, there is nothing that pedestrians can do to avoid serious injury after being struck by a motor vehicle, but there are some preventative measures you can take to lower the likelihood of a collision altogether. When traveling as a pedestrian, always follow traffic laws and only cross the street at marked intersections. Take precautions to increase your visibility by wearing bright clothing, cross at well-lit intersections, and make eye contact with all approaching drivers. Much like driving, walking in populated areas can come with severe injury risks, and you should never use drugs or alcohol when you are planning to commute by foot. 

Meet With a Campbell County Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Injuries from motor vehicle accidents can lead to expensive medical treatment and physical therapy, as well as the loss of work hours and a great deal of pain and suffering. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is time to seek out a trained legal professional that you can trust. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our team is dedicated to helping our clients recover full compensation for the injuries they have suffered in automobile accidents. To schedule a free consultation with a Jacksboro personal injury attorney, contact us today at 423-449-7980.  

Sources:

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/Pedestrians.pdf

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/06/28/pedestrian-fatalities-up-tennessee-largest-cities-nashville-memphis-knoxville/692631002/

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety

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