Most Tennessee roads are designed for cars, not foot traffic. To make matters worse, drivers often fail to watch out for pedestrians when driving through congested areas, turning at intersections or backing out of driveways or parking spaces. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need the experienced Bristol law firm of Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, PC to investigate the cause of an accident, negotiate aggressively with the insurance company and work diligently to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
A pedestrian is injured every eight minutes in the United States, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed and 69,000 were injured in U.S. traffic accidents. Here in Tennessee, 187 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2010.
The risk for injury and death is greatest for children and the elderly. Older pedestrians (age 65+) accounted for 19 percent of all fatalities and 11 percent of all injuries in 2010. Children aged 15 and younger accounted for seven percent of the pedestrian fatalities in 2010 and 23 percent of all pedestrians injured in traffic crashes.
Drivers and pedestrians need to be especially cautious at night. Nearly 80 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in 2011 occurred at night. To avoid being hit by a car or truck, pedestrians should try to cross at marked intersections whenever possible. Almost four-fifths of deadly pedestrian accidents occurred at non-intersections.
Tennessee law imposes certain legal obligations on drivers designed to protect the safety of pedestrians. For example:
Pedestrians also have obligations under the law. They must obey traffic-control signals at intersections. Also, pedestrians can’t suddenly leave the curb and walk or run into the path of a vehicle, making it impossible for the driver to yield.
Even though required by law, many drivers fail to use due care. Pedestrian accidents in the Tri-Cities are commonly caused by:
These failures are considered negligence, and injury victims can pursue damages from an at-fault driver. Because all accidents are unique, an experienced injury lawyer at Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, PC can help you determine if you have a claim
The human body is no match for the weight and force of a 3,000-pound car, never mind a larger vehicle like a truck, which can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. Subsequently, pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, contusions, broken bones and injuries to internal organs. The risk of serious injury or death increases substantially as speed increases. As with motorcycle accidents, pedestrian crashes can result in permanent disabilities, such as paralysis and brain damage.
When someone else’s negligence is to blame for a pedestrian accident, victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries. Damages may include medical expenses, loss of wages and pain and suffering. The family of a pedestrian killed in a crash may also recover compensation for their losses, from funeral expenses to the loss of the victim’s love, affection and companionship.
At Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, PC, our seasoned lawyers help injury victims recover from serious pedestrian crashes. Whether negotiating with the insurance company or prosecuting your case at trial, we work tirelessly to win you full and fair compensation. Call our offices today at 423-201-4208 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. Our office is conveniently located in Bristol, and we also offer hospital or home visits to accident victims and their families.