Pedestrian accidents often happen in places where pedestrians have the right-of-way, like a crosswalk or a jogging lane. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury by a negligent driver of a car, truck, bus, or motorcycle, you might be entitled to compensation.
Because of the exposure that people on foot or on a bike have, being struck by an automobile can cause serious injuries. As such, drivers have an obligation to exercise care when driving under the law. Negligent driving can result in injuries that result in lost income, significant medical bills, and costly lifestyle changes. People with severe injuries might be unable to return to work and might have to adapt to a new life.
At Reasonover Law Firm, we understand the pain, disruption, anxiety, and financial stress that a serious pedestrian injury can cause you and your family. You should not have to suffer because of another person’s negligence. We can help you take proactive legal steps to obtain the compensation that you and your family deserve.
Our compassionate personal injury attorneys know that you have been through a traumatic event. We will correctly file and pursue compensation and we’re ready to fight on your behalf. We will resolve your case as quickly as possible and get you maximum compensation.
If you or someone close to you has been injured after being struck by a vehicle while walking or riding a bike, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The negligible party can and should be held liable.
The process of receiving compensation for a pedestrian accident is through a claim or a civil court case. In most cases, a pedestrian accident case will never go to court. Instead, the parties will reach an informal resolution in order to avoid the cost, time, and complications that can arise from a formal court hearing and judgment.
The value of your claim depends on the specifics of your situation, including the extent and the costs of your injuries and the insurance policies available to provide compensation. The types of compensation you may be able to recover after a Tennessee pedestrian accident include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages, including diminished future earning capacity
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Permanent impairment and/or disfigurement
- Punitive damages to punish the at-fault party for misconduct
If your loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim, holding the at-fault driver liable. Click here to learn more about how to pursue a wrongful death claim.
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Common Causes of Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Pedestrians and bicyclists have certain rights when crossing intersections or using public roads. But it only takes one moment of indiscretion for a careless driver to hit a pedestrian or bicyclist and cause serious injuries.
Drivers have a legal responsibility to drive with reasonable care and remain alert for people on foot. If a driver fails to fulfill that responsibility and hits a pedestrian or bicyclist, the driver may be found to be negligent.
Common factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted Driving – Texting, talking on the phone or to a passenger, changing the radio station, eating, updating the GPS, personal grooming, etc.
- Speeding – Drivers who are speeding or driving too fast for traffic or weather conditions are at a higher risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident.
- Failing to Yield – Drivers are required to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. If a driver fails to yield and hits a pedestrian, the accident is typically not the pedestrian’s fault.
- Ignoring Traffic Signs or Signals – Drivers who disregard stop signs, turn right on red at an intersection without looking, or failing to follow the rules of the road, are more likely to hit a pedestrian.
- Failing to Use Turn Signal – Drivers who turn without using their turn signal are much more likely to strike and injure a pedestrian or bicyclist.
- Driving Under the Influence – People on foot or on a bike are endangered by an impaired driver.