Pedestrian Dies after Being Struck by Vehicle in Madison
A man was struck and killed by a vehicle in Madison, Tennessee, Tuesday morning, causing Old Hickory Boulevard to be shut down for several hours while police investigated.
According to a report by wkrn.com, the accident occurred around 4 a.m. near Rio Vista Drive when a pick-up truck hauling a trailer struck the man at an intersection. Nashville Metro Police stated that the driver who struck the man stopped his vehicle, but it’s currently unknown if the driver will face any charges.
The man who was struck by the vehicle was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, but later died from the injuries he suffered.
Metro Police and emergency crews closed Old Hickory Boulevard from the time the accident occurred until 7:30 a.m. this morning.
Safety Tips for Walking at Night
Although it’s impossible to completely eliminate your chances of being struck by a vehicle if you have to walk at night, there are steps you can take to reduce your risks. These steps include:
- Carry a flashlight and keep it on at all times.
Walking at night isn’t just dangerous due to the risk of being struck by a car—it’s also dangerous because it can be difficult to see where you’re going. Carrying a flashlight and keeping it on while you’re walking will not only illuminate your path and help you avoid obstacles in the road, but it will also make you much more visible to approaching motorists. The brighter the flashlight you use, the more easily drivers will be able to see you. If you’re walking as part of a group, make sure everyone carries their own flashlight to further increase your visibility.
- Wear brightly colored and reflective clothing.
In addition to carrying your own light source, you can also increase your visibility by wearing clothing that’s brightly colored and designed to reflect headlights. Reflectors are highly effective at increasing the visibility of vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles for other drivers, and the same principle applies for pedestrians traveling at night. If you frequently walk late at night or early in the morning, consider purchasing a vest designed specifically to reflect the maximum amount of light back at drivers, as this small purchase could ultimately save your life.
- Walk towards traffic.
While it’s advisable to walk towards the flow of traffic at all hours, it’s even more important to do so at night. By facing traffic, you get a better view of the vehicles approaching you and will have more time to react in case a vehicle gets too close. In addition, walking towards traffic also makes you more visible to drivers in oncoming traffic.
Walking at night carries some inherent risks that no amount of precautions can completely eliminate, but following the tips above can greatly reduce your chances of being involved in a serious pedestrian accident caused by a lack of visibility.
If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Get in touch with the Nashville car accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law today. Just dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form.
We’re here to do whatever it takes to get you compensation that’s fair and just for the damages you incurred as a result of the accident.