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Pedestrian Killed on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County


Cumberland County, TN (August 5, 2020) The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County late on August 5th. The collision occurred between the 326 and 327 mile markers, which are situated close to a rest area. Both lanes were then closed until at least 6 a.m. the next morning as law enforcement investigated the accident scene. A more-detailed report about the accident is yet to be released.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2018, there were 6,283 fatalities, which marks the most pedestrian deaths since 1990.

Common Causes of Tennessee Pedestrian Accidents 

Some of the most common ways in which Tennessee pedestrian accidents are known to occur include:

  • Drivers who back up their vehicles over children or adults they can’t see
  • Drivers who cannot adequately see due to snow, rain, or other weather conditions
  • Drivers who roll through stop signs and fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians
  • Drivers who turn left and end up striking pedestrians because the driver is too focused on surrounding traffic conditions
  • Intoxicated drivers who miss or fail to slow down in time for pedestrians
  • Reckless drivers who lose control of their vehicles and end up hitting pedestrians
  • Unsuspecting pedestrians who walk out in front of distracted drivers

Speak with a Knoxville Accident Attorney 

If you or a loved one is a pedestrian who was injured in a motor vehicle collision, it can help to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Contact Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette today to schedule a free case evaluation.

Note: This post was written based on available resources, news stories, and online reports about this incident. As is often the case with fast breaking news, there is always the risk that some details are still being shared and uncovered. Please contact us if you notice any information that should be changed or added. Thanks!

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