With the continued growth of Nashville, Gallatin, and other Middle Tennessee communities, there has also been an increase in footpaths, sidewalks, and other pedestrian-friendly features located near roadways. Of course, there’s no better way to experience our city than walking; however, all too often, motorists fail to respect pedestrians’ rights. As a result, motorists can be responsible for causing serious accidents to innocent people. Sadly, in the year 2014 alone, there were 176 pedestrian accidents in Davidson County alone.
Drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure they’re operating their vehicle safely, but when a driver acts recklessly—like failing to look both ways before turning or responding to a call or text on their cell phone—they inadvertently put everyone on the road at serious risk. As a pedestrian, you shouldn’t be required to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence, and that’s why the experienced Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Jeff Roberts & Associates are here to help you. Our highly qualified team can guide you step-by-step through the legal process. We can clearly explain your legal rights whilst endeavoring to protect your family’s future. You have nothing to lose because you won’t owe us any money unless/until we win your case.
Pedestrians Become Victims when Motorists Ignore Road Rules
Any pedestrian who’s attempted to cross a busy Nashville street during peak traffic hours knows precisely how vulnerable pedestrians can be. Unfortunately, we often see motorists in pedestrian-designated areas who are not following traffic laws and not looking out for people on foot. Pedestrians can only do their best when it comes to safety, but there’s no way they can predict what a driver will do.
Pedestrian safety is especially at risk in areas where both people on foot and vehicles share the roadway, such as bus stops, intersections, crosswalks, and parking lot exits. Realistically, pedestrian accidents can occur anywhere where foot traffic areas and sidewalks are close to vehicle traffic, and these accidents can be very serious for the pedestrian victim. Sadly, many pedestrians involved in these types of accidents are often vulnerable older people and children.
The following injuries can be the result of a vehicle impacting an innocent and unprotected pedestrian:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Accidental amputation
How Driver Negligence Leads to Pedestrian Accidents
Traffic laws are designed to keep both pedestrians and drivers safe but all too often, people are getting behind the wheel of their vehicle without considering other people around them. This includes both other motorists and pedestrians.
However, drivers must be held responsible for the serious injuries—and sometimes deaths—they cause to innocent and unprotected pedestrians on foot. Yes, sometimes this can involve complicated legal issues, but pedestrians who have been injured in Tennessee have the right to pursue financial compensation for injuries sustained and the impact the accident has had on their lives.
Too many serious accidents are caused each and every year in Tennessee by drivers who choose to:
- Drive intoxicated
- Drive distracted
- Make reckless decisions
- Become impatient waiting for pedestrians
- Are not cautious when pedestrians are present
Why Hire a Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
When a vehicle hits and injures a pedestrian and it’s clear that the driver was at fault, the victim will often experience great difficulty in their attempts to receive compensation from the insurance company of the negligent driver.
Even though the victim is clearly injured and in pain, they could very well face:
- Unfair accusations that the accident is actually the fault of the pedestrian
- Unfair accusations that the city is at fault for improper lighting
- The at-fault driver has no insurance (opening the door for the pedestrian to make a claim for uninsured motorist coverage)
At Jeff Roberts & Associates, we assist victims of negligence in their efforts to recover a rightful recovery. Our founding attorney, Jeff Roberts, was previously an insurance adjuster. Today, we choose to represent victims because we completely understand the difficulties faced by pedestrians. We know first-hand the methods used by insurance companies to minimize victims’ claims.
Get Started on Your Case Today
If you’re not sure what to do next, and you’re looking for an experienced, friendly, local attorney to help you understand your rights, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Remember, there’s no obligation! You’ll receive a completely free initial case review, during which you can share your concerns and have your questions answered without any obligation whatsoever. Our friendly staff wants to help you! We’re totally focused on helping victims both protect and assert their legal rights.
Call our Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers today at (615) 425-4400 to schedule a free consultation. We have the experience, knowledge, and skills required to help you pursue your legal rights.