Pedestrian accidents are a serious problem in Tennessee, especially in more populated areas like Davidson County. Data from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security shows that Davidson County has the second highest pedestrian fatality count in the state, accounting for 55 deaths from 2004 to present.
One Nashville pedestrian accident has prompted officials in the region to prevent similar incidents. One of the actions taken was the installation of a new crosswalk and signage at the location where a 9-year-old girl was struck and seriously injured by a motor vehicle last year.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Sonya Drive in Bellevue. A vehicle failed to recognize the girl as she attempted to cross and she was struck. WSMV 4 News says that now, the crossing features a painted walkway as well as lighted directional signs for pedestrians.
- Obey all traffic signals.
- Carry a light when walking before dawn or after dusk.
- Wear light-colored or reflective clothing.
- Look twice in all directions when crossing the street.
- Assume drivers do not see you when walking.