Last December, a young woman was seriously injured while crossing Bridge Street. It was a rainy night and the woman was walking home when she was struck by a car and left in a coma. Police would spend months investigating and re-creating the scene trying to determine exactly what happened. Their report found the determining factor that split-second decisions can have on the outcome of an accident.
After the woman was struck by the car, she was dragged beneath it as the driver tried to stop on the wet pavement. The victim was left with a brain injury that may keep her from ever regaining consciousness. If the car was able to stop sooner, the injuries might have been less severe.
Ultimately the driver wasn’t found to be criminally responsible for the wreck as investigators don’t believe negligence played a role. The investigator’s report found the accident was a combination of rain and darkness coupled with the victim’s dark clothing. The report also revealed some interesting information about driver reaction time and an automobile’s ability to stop.
A Nashville accident reconstruction expert found that a driver who is traveling at around 30mph would take nearly 100 feet to come to a complete stop after slamming on the brakes. As car accident lawyers in Nashville, we know that driver reaction time can play an even bigger role.
The accident expert says that a person’s reaction speed can slow to 2.5 seconds or even more when driving at night compared to 1.5 during the day. That’s an extra second that can be the difference between avoiding an accident or causing one. Unfortunately, there are even more distractions that can greatly reduce driver reaction, like bad weather, in this case.
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