Pedestrian fatalities account for between 10 and 15 percent of all car accident deaths. The National Highway Transportation estimates that a pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes in traffic. Unfortunately, it is not just adults that are likely to be hit by vehicles, but also children. While some pedestrian accidents are caused by pedestrian negligence or recklessness, driver negligence is often to blame.
Being struck by a vehicle is not the only type of danger that pedestrians can face. There are several other risk factors present on streets that can lead to serious injuries, including poorly constructed roads or unmaintained sidewalks.
Pedestrians are in a vulnerable position when crossing streets or walking near traffic, so it is important that drivers make every attempt to yield to pedestrians. Accidents involving cars and pedestrians often result in serious injuries, including the following:
Tragically, many pedestrian accidents can lead to death as well.
Pedestrians always have the right of way in a crosswalk. When a person is crossing the street in a marked crosswalk, a driver is required to wait for that pedestrian to stop crossing. If a car hits someone while in a crosswalk, the driver can be found liable.
While jaywalking is a traffic violation, it doesn’t dismiss drivers of their responsibility to drive carefully. If the pedestrian was not crossing in a crosswalk when hit, they may still have a case, even if they committed a minor infraction.
There are certain factors which may cause pedestrians to be found at fault in an accident. If the pedestrian is outside of a crosswalk, is in a crosswalk but goes against the “Do Not Walk” signal, or is walking across the street while under the influence, this will have a direct effect on a personal injury claim.
Drivers usually have a greater duty of care to children compared to adults. Young children cannot be considered negligent since they are legally not capable, so drivers need to proceed with caution when children are walking, particularly including areas around schools and parks.
Tennessee uses the modified comparative negligence system. When modified comparative fault is used, a judge or jury assigns a percentage of fault for each party involved and awards damages based on the percentage of fault. If a person’s percentage of liability reaches over 50 percent, they cannot collect damages.
If a pedestrian is seriously injured in a car accident, Tennessee Code section 28-3-104 states that the case should be filed in the civil court system within one year of the date of the accident.
If the accident caused a person’s death, and the family members wish to file a wrongful death claim, the lawsuit is subject to the one-year filing deadline as well.
If you are injured as a pedestrian, you can seek compensation for your injuries from the other driver’s liability insurance. If this claim is denied, you can pursue a lawsuit for damages.
You may also be able to file a claim against your own medical insurance coverage. Your health insurance will pay your bills in the meantime but will eventually seek reimbursement from the liable party’s auto insurance.
Once you have exhausted your medical coverage benefits, you can also seek compensation from your own auto insurer. Even if you were a pedestrian and not driving, your auto insurance policy (bodily injury coverage) may help pay for any damages.
The types of damages that you can collect if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident include the following:
The types of damages that you can receive depend on the circumstances of your accident and the nature of your case.
As a rule, the factors that are most likely to influence a pedestrian’s car accident settlement include:
The exact amount of compensation you may be eligible to receive will vary with all of these and other factors. The best way to find out what your case might be worth is to contact an experienced attorney.
If you have been severely injured in a pedestrian accident, you may have financial and emotional burdens to carry. With more than 28 years of comprehensive personal injury experience, we can help you through the complexities of a pedestrian accident claim process.
The Law Offices of Luvell L. Glanton draws from our extensive experience and specializations in civil litigation to ensure that liable parties are held accountable for their negligent actions. When we handle your claim, we will do whatever we can to recover the compensation that you deserve so that you move forward with your life. Our Nashville attorneys make themselves available 24/7 to offer genuine consultation and legal support for you so you can focus on getting better.
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