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Tennessean Report: Nashville is Too Dangerous for Pedestrians

The Tennessean reported today that Nashville is one of the most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. You can read the article here. It includes the following report:

A report released this week identified the Nashville metro area as one of the most dangerous for pedestrians. The study by Smart Growth America, an advocacy group on pedestrian and urban design issues, looked at the number of pedestrian deaths and how often people are walking in those cities.

The Nashville metro area -- with 210 pedestrian deaths between 2003 and 2012 -- ranked 15th most dangerous out of the 51 areas studied. Memphis was fifth worst, behind four metro areas in Florida.

As Nashville grows, city planners and motorist must be conscious of people on sidewalks and bicycles.

Franklin bicyclist seriously injured by careless driver

The Tennessean reports that a Franklin, Tennessee man was seriously injured when he was struck by a dump truck while riding a bicycle. As an experienced Nashville injury attorney, I have pursued several of these cases. A person on a bicycle is entitled to use a road just like someone in a car and he has to be equally safe. Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-8-172 states that every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway is granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.

Needless to say, serious injuries usually result from when a moving vehicle strikes a bicycle. But there are several key aspects of this type of case.

The evidence must be preserved. The bicycle is very important and should not be destroyed. A light must be installed on a bike ridden at night.

Every bicycle, when in use at nighttime, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front, which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500′) to the front, and either a red reflector or a lamp emitting a red light, which shall be visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500′) to the rear, when directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-8-177

Also, it is necessary to prove where the bicyclist was at the time of the collision. Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-8-175 requires that the rider, in most circumstances, ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. That is why it is essential to get witness statements and the officer's report as soon as possible.

It is important to keep our roads safe for people driving cars, motorcycles and even bicycles. So please slow down and watch out for those around you.

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