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Nashville Pedestrian Accident Attorney

After a pedestrian accident, you may face severe injuries that necessitate extensive medical treatment. The road to recovery could distance you from your work, favorite hobbies, and precious moments with family and friends. The profound impact of someone else’s negligence shouldn’t be overlooked, and partnering with a personal injury lawyer in Nashville can help you secure the financial compensation you deserve.

Let us put our decades of experience to work for you. Contact us online or call (615) 220-4180 to schedule your free case consultation today.

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Nashville has a serious pedestrian safety problem. Weir & Kestner is here to help.

Nashville is grappling with a severe problem of traffic-related violence. Data from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security reveals that between 2018 and 2022, Davidson County has witnessed 566 traffic-related fatalities, with pedestrians accounting for 176 of these deaths.

Weir & Kestner treats you as a partner, not a paycheck

Personal injury cases, especially those involving pedestrians, can be intricate and demanding. The Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys with Weir & Kestner are dedicated to vigorously pursuing your case until a successful resolution.

We keep you informed throughout the process, ensuring you’re never in the dark about your case’s progress. We provide guidance on responding to settlement offers and maintain a client-centered approach, ensuring you make the final decisions on your claim. You are always in control of your pedestrian accident claim.

Our Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers are by your side every step of the way

Our attorneys and dedicated professional staff offer a comprehensive range of services tailored to develop and effectively present your case, whether in negotiations with insurance companies or courtroom proceedings. With our commitment to serving those injured in pedestrian accidents, we handle every aspect of your claim:

  • Evaluating your circumstances during a free case review
  • Advising you on the strength and potential value of your case
  • Calculating your full damage demands
  • Collecting evidence to support your claim
  • Negotiating with insurance adjusters for a fair settlement
  • Preparing your case for court if a satisfactory insurance offer is not made
  • Fighting fiercely to protect your rights

Weir & Kestner Secures Maximum Settlement for Pedestrian Accident Victim

In October 2021, our client was struck by a vehicle while walking through a Chili’s restaurant parking lot in Smyrna, Tennessee. The hit-and-run driver, later found to be intoxicated, was identified using surveillance footage and witness statements.

Following the accident, the client, who sustained injuries requiring ongoing treatment, sought the assistance of Weir & Kestner. We developed a pre-litigation strategy that secured the policy limits from the liable driver’s insurance and additional compensation from the uninsured motorist carrier. Our proactive and strategic approach ensured our client could focus on recovery while we handled the complexities of the case.

Our attorneys help you recover maximum damages for your pedestrian accident case

Tennessee operates under a system of comparative fault for personal injury cases. Victims can seek damages–monetary compensation–for accident-related losses if they are less than 50% responsible for causing the accident. Those eligible to file a claim will see their compensation reduced by any percentage of fault they still bear. For example, 20% fault will reduce your award or settlement by 20%.

Insurance and legal representatives for the negligent party will likely do their best to assign you as much fault as possible to lower their payout. An experienced Nashville pedestrian injury attorney from Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers will challenge accusations against you and gather convincing evidence to prove the other side’s culpability.

Your attorney will also calculate your losses, accounting for every detail, and demand a substantial settlement to cover your losses and acknowledge your suffering. Though settlement amounts vary from case to case, your attorney will pursue coverage or acknowledgment for your:

  • Medical costs and continuing care
  • Lost wages during recovery time
  • Future lost income should your injuries keep you out of work permanently
  • Property damaged or lost in the crash
  • Other expenses incurred by the accident
  • Reduced enjoyment of life
  • Emotional and physical pain and suffering

If your loved one is killed in a pedestrian accident, our Nashville pedestrian injury law firm can help you through the wrongful death claims process. We are ready to get to work, whatever the circumstances are in your case.

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We have experience with all kinds of pedestrian accident injuries

Pedestrians rarely escape an accident without suffering serious or even fatal injuries. Even taking a hit from a slow-moving motor vehicle will likely cause soft tissue damage or severe bruising. Though not life-threatening, these moderate injuries can still keep victims out of work as they recover and leave them with long-term effects, such as chronic pain or limited mobility.

Brain trauma

A moving vehicle could hit you on the head or be knocked to the ground from the impact. Either way, you could suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These injuries occur when a jolt to the body or head causes the brain to “shake” or move back and forth inside the skull. The resulting damage can be physical, cognitive, or both, leading to personality and functional ability changes.

Spinal cord injuries

A body blow can damage the spinal cord, which travels down the length of the neck and back. It transfers sensations and messages between the brain and the body to control movement and sensation. Injury here can partially or fully tear the spinal cord, disrupting or destroying this vital communication system. Victims can experience partial or full paralysis and a range of other life-changing physical and psychological effects.

Broken bones

Some bone breaks heal with surgery, immobility, and rehabilitation. Those that do not heal well can leave victims with limited use of the affected body part, chronic pain, or other debilitating conditions. Serious bone breaks can also lead to infections, generating additional health complications.

Soft tissue damage

Damage to the soft tissues–muscles, ligaments, tendons–can cause various consequences. Injury to the muscles or nerves in the back, neck, or anywhere else can cause a lifetime of pain and immobility. Pedestrians can also experience road rash or lacerations, and these injuries can go far beyond the surface of the skin, causing infection, pain, and potentially permanent nerve damage.

Unfortunately, there is no limit to the kinds of injury you can experience as a pedestrian or cyclist. To mitigate the consequences of these injuries on your life, get representation from the Nashville attorneys for bicycle and pedestrian accidents from Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers. We will fight to get you financial justice.

Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers is the leading pedestrian injury firm in Nashville

Today, connect with an attentive, experienced, and aggressive Nashville pedestrian accident lawyer from Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers. Send an electronic message or call (615) 220-4180, and we will arrange a free consultation. Once you partner with us, you can put all your resources where they belong–into your recovery.

We will investigate, research, negotiate, and fight for you. Our goal is to get you the highest settlement or verdict possible. As we work toward that goal, we will keep the lines of communication open, answering your questions and keeping you updated. We will be on your side every step of the way.

We address common questions pedestrian accident victims may have

How common are pedestrian accidents in Tennessee?

According to a recent Governor’s Highway Safety Administration report, rates of pedestrian deaths have risen 77% compared to the 25% increase in rates for other traffic fatalities. The report puts the national pedestrian fatality rate at 2.28 per 100,000 people. Tennessee’s most recently reported rate is 2.91. From one recent year to the next, the State saw a 15.8% rise in pedestrian fatalities, a number representing 28 additional deaths.

Since that GHSA report, the organization released additional projections for pedestrian deaths, showing another 5% increase. Regarding reasons for the higher risks for pedestrians, the GHSA cites:

  • A “surge in dangerous driving” that started with the pandemic and has continued
  • Increased size and weight of vehicles leads to more serious injury or death for those hit while on foot
  • Roads designed more for fast-moving vs. slower-speed traffic
  • Inadequate sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, or other infrastructure

Who is at fault in a pedestrian accident?

It is common for drivers to bear most, if not all, of the fault in a pedestrian accident. Distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence, and human error often cause collisions. Tennessee law assigns drivers with specific responsibilities to keep pedestrians safe.

A government entity may hold fault for an accident if a factor under that entity’s purview caused the crash. For example, maintaining safe roads, proper street lighting, and working traffic signals are government responsibilities. The government office may be at fault if a maintenance failure leads to an accident.

Pedestrians hit by commercial vehicles may have grounds to hold the company accountable, depending on the cause of the crash. If the vehicle was not properly maintained or the driver was not fully vetted, the company may hold fault for the resulting accident.

What if I contributed to the crash as a pedestrian?

Pedestrians rarely bear full fault for an accident but can hold partial responsibility. Under Tennessee law, pedestrians have the right to:

  • Use any Tennessee road as long as it is not access-controlled
  • Cross a road at any location unless a local ordinance prohibits crossing
  • Right of way in marked crosswalks, alleyways, and driveways

The law also establishes pedestrian responsibilities. Pedestrians must travel on sidewalks when available and unobstructed and use the left side of the roadway, facing traffic as they walk when not on a sidewalk. When crossing a road outside a marked or unmarked crosswalk, pedestrians must yield to vehicles on the roadway.

Pedestrians must also practice reasonable care. They should not attempt to cross a road without looking both ways or dart in front of a moving vehicle and expect it to stop.

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