In Tennessee, if you are involved in a pedestrian accident and have suffered injuries, you may be eligible to recover various types of damages. The specific damages you can seek depend on the circumstances of the accident and the extent of your injuries. Some potential damages that can be recovered in Tennessee from a pedestrian accident include:
You can pursue compensation for current and future medical expenses related to your injuries, such as hospital bills, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, and therapy.
If the pedestrian accident caused you to miss work or resulted in a decrease in your earning capacity, you can seek compensation for the income you have lost and any future earning potential that may be affected.
This includes physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life caused by the accident and your resulting injuries.
As the Nashville area continues to grow, the increase in traffic—even in the suburbs of Smyrna and La Vergne—is pushing many people to park their cars and walk. Unfortunately, the lack of sidewalks and safe crosswalks in many areas makes this a dangerous endeavor for pedestrians and cyclists. However, this is no excuse for drivers. When they fail to grant pedestrians the legal right of way, drivers can be held liable when their negligence injures or kills a person. If you or a loved one was the victim of a careless driver in Middle Tennessee, our pedestrian accident attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Let’s face it—as a pedestrian you are always going to be vulnerable, no matter how careful you are about obeying traffic laws. After all, you are sharing space with powerful vehicles that are increasingly being operated by careless and distracted drivers. Some of the most frequent causes of pedestrian casualties in the Nashville area include the following:
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol statistics, nearly 2,000 crashes in Davidson County were caused by distracted driving in 2018. When a driver takes his eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving for even a split second, a crash can occur, and pedestrians are often the victims.
Drunk or drugged drivers and pedestrians do not mix. When a driver is unable to judge distance, react quickly, and stay alert due to impairment, he is much more likely to hit a pedestrian legally crossing the street. Extremely intoxicated drivers have also been known to hit drivers on sidewalks and in pedestrian zones.
When drivers speed through residential areas or busy downtown districts, they are not able to stop or maneuver in time to avoid hitting a child chasing a ball or a pedestrian stepping into a crosswalk.
Poorly Marked Or Lit Areas
Some pedestrian accidents are caused by the conditions rather than either the driver or the walker. When crosswalk markings are faded, or intersections are inadequately lit, pedestrian collisions are more likely to occur.
Our experienced team will gather the evidence you need to prove the driver’s negligence in the crash that left you injured or killed a loved one.
When a two-ton car hits a person on foot, the car always wins and the person is often seriously injured or killed. In our Smyrna law office, we have seen pedestrian victims with a range of serious injuries, including the following:
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to head injuries when they are knocked to the ground by a car. Injuries can range from a mild concussion to permanent cognitive and motor damages.
A spinal injury caused by impact with a vehicle can result in partial or total paralysis, requiring a lifetime of expensive therapies, medical interventions, and assistance with daily tasks.
Fractures are a common result of pedestrian crashes and can be very serious. A broken pelvis, limbs with compound fractures, crushed vertebrae, and skull fractures can leave the victim with lifelong problems.
When a vehicle runs over a pedestrian, it can cause enough damage to an arm or a leg that it requires amputation.
On top of the many possible physical injuries, a pedestrian crash victim often suffers emotionally from the violence and shock of the collision. He or she may need years of support and therapy to overcome the trauma.
All too often, these injuries prove fatal and the pedestrian loses his life. When that happens, our attorneys may be able to support survivors by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver. Do not allow carelessness and negligence to go unpunished. When you suffer serious injuries in a Nashville pedestrian accident, call Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers.
When you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you need treatment and a stress-free environment to get better. We’ll make sure you get the time and space to heal without being hassled by the insurance company, and the maximum compensation you legally deserve for injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, and impairment.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Tennessee, you need to speak with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call us directly at 615-220-4180 to schedule your free consultation. If you’re not ready to talk, but still want to learn more about your rights, allow us to email you a complimentary copy of 5 Tricks Insurance Companies Play on Injury Victims.