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Pedestrian Accident Causes: Low Visibility

by Staff Blogger | December 28th, 2015

The National Highway Safety Administration reports that each year, more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed as the result of a collision with a motor vehicle. This high number of fatalities raises the question as to what contributing factor plays a role in so many pedestrian accidents occurring.

The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that low visibility is a leading cause of vehicles striking those who are traveling by foot. Research shows that 72 percent of pedestrian accidents occur during non-daylight hours. Another four percent of these accidents happen at dawn or at dusk, when visibility can still be extremely low.

A recent pedestrian accident that happened on Murfreesboro Pike highlights the risks low visibility can pose to those who are walking on or near a street. Reports from The Tennessean say the 45-year-old victim was attempting to cross the roadway at approximately 5:30 a.m. when a Subaru Forester struck her. The driver of the vehicle stated she didn’t see the victim until the impact occurred. Investigators say the victim was also carrying an umbrella, which may have impeded her vision of oncoming traffic.

While our legal staff at Ponce Law would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim, our Nashville personal injury lawyers would also like to remind pedestrians and motorists alike that a few simple precautions can help you avoid being involved in a crash. The most important thing for all travelers to do is look to the right and left of the road as you approach any type of crosswalk or intersection. You can also help others to see you by utilizing lights when traveling in low visibility conditions.