According to the group Walk Bike Nashville, 2017 was the deadliest year on record for pedestrians ever in Nashville. The statistics compiled by the group at www.walkbikenashville.org/2017_most_deadly_year_for_pedestrians_ever, demonstrate that 23 pedestrians were killed in 2017 alone. According to the group, of the traffic related accidents in Davidson County over 30% of the fatalities were people who were walking.
In fact, according to the statistics at www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/Pedestrians.pdf, there were 405 pedestrian related accidents in Davidson County in 2017. Rutherford County had 53 pedestrian related accidents in 2017 as well. For the sake of comparison, in 2008 Davidson County had 264 pedestrian related traffic accidents and Rutherford County had 29. The increase in the number of accidents is apparent. While Davidson County had a vastly higher number of such incidents, the reality is as population grows and these areas become more densely populated, the presence of pedestrians on the roads is only increasing.
It is not just these large metropolitan areas, look at Coffee County. It had 5 pedestrian accidents in 2007 and 13 in 2017. That is quite a jump for a smaller area. The reality is that the population growth has added to the number of pedestrians and this is just another thing as drivers we need to be constantly vigilant about. There is no doubt an accident between vehicles can be horrific, but an accident between a pedestrian and a vehicle can also leads to very serious injuries.
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