As noted by the Associated Press, the State of Tennessee has seen an alarming uptick in the number of fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists. By default, deaths and life-changing injuries are almost always the result of being hit by cars, vans and trucks. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Mitch Grissim & Associates are familiar with the reports and consider that there are potentially multiple causes influencing these figures.
- Driver fatigue. Commercial truck drivers sometimes suffer from fatigue and health problems brought on by pre-existing conditions. This combination has the potential to slow down a driver’s reaction time when seeing a cyclist or pedestrian crossing a street.
- Inclement weather. Morning rain and cloudy skies make it more difficult for motorists to see pedestrians who may be stepping into a crosswalk. When making a right turn at a light, accidents may occur because of the decreased visibility.
- Driver carelessness. It pains us to say it, but there are some motorists who simply do not care that a pedestrian or bicyclist has the right of way. This sentiment has already been expressed on NPR News, when the local Nashville station interviewed tourists about their perception of driver attitudes.
- Slow change. Some problems are the result of the city’s failure to act quickly after identifying problem areas. The same newscast identified city officials expressing surprise at the randomness of pedestrian and bicycle accidents “except in a few areas.” Changes are slow in coming and, in some cases, are identified as “an experiment.”
Of course, when you or a loved has been injured or killed while crossing a street, the reasons for the crash and the actions that the city is taking will be of little comfort. When you want to discuss the situation and learn more about your rights, contact us for answers.