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Fatal Pedestrian, Cyclist Accidents Trending Up in Tennessee

August 19, 2019

TENNESSEE – According to an online news report posted by, fatal pedestrian and cyclist accidents have been trending up in the state of Tennessee. In the year 2015, more people died walking and biking in Tennessee than in any other year since 1990. The data reflect a pattern of pedestrian fatalities in the country.*

At the time data were collected for the news report, on December 29, 2015, 120 pedestrians and bicyclists had been killed in Tennessee that year. Six pedestrians were killed in Nashville in November and December alone in 2015, according to the report. Some think that Tennessee’s roadways could be designed in a safer way for pedestrians and bikers, and others think that drivers need to be more diligent. 

The statistics in Tennessee look similar to those around the nation. This year, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a reportthat showed pedestrian fatalities in the country were closing in on their highest in almost 30 years. A total of 6,227 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2018. That’s compared to 6,482 pedestrian deaths in 1990. 

GHSA released data by state in its recent report, which showed pedestrian fatalities for the first half of 2018 from every U.S. state. The report indicated that from January 2018 to June 2018, a total of 52 pedestrians were killed in traffic collisions in the state of Tennessee. This put Tennessee at No. 17 in the country for the highest number of 2018 pedestrian fatalities. 

GHSA stated that some of the reasons for increases in pedestrian deaths around the nation could include things like lower gas prices, meaning more people are out driving, and a higher presence of larger vehicles on the roadways. Large vehicles are more likely to cause fatal injuries in a pedestrian accident. 

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