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How Can Tennessee Pedestrians Receive Compensation After an Accident?

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Campbell County pedestrian accident injury attorney

In 2018, 137 pedestrians were killed in Tennessee as a result of traffic accidents. This is a number that has been rising since 2014. Most pedestrian injuries are a result of negligence by a motorist; however, pedestrians also have rules that should be followed in order to protect themselves. The state of Tennessee aims to keep pedestrians as safe as possible with the installation of traffic signals, pedestrian crossing signs/signals, and crosswalks. Unfortunately, injuries and even wrongful death can occur when everyone does not follow the rules of the road.

What Are the Rules for Pedestrians When Crossing the Street?

Tennessee law states that all pedestrians have the right of way when crossing the road at an intersection marked with a crosswalk. In more busy intersections, a crossing signal will be utilized to let pedestrians know when it is their turn to cross. If there is not a crosswalk, pedestrians must yield to vehicular traffic. They must look both ways and only cross when cars are not present. 

Drivers have the responsibility to watch out for pedestrians crossing the road and stay alert for any children who may be wandering into the road. When necessary, a driver can use the car horn to let pedestrians know they are passing by, but motorists must yield to pedestrians who are legally walking in a crosswalk. Failure to do so can lead to a car colliding with a pedestrian, which may result in the following injuries:

  • Broken bones

  • Road rash

  • Cuts and bruises

  • Internal injuries and bleeding

  • Head, back, and neck injuries

  • Brain damage

  • Death

Failing to maintain a safe speed or not yielding to pedestrians in a crosswalk can result in a driver being charged with a Class C misdemeanor.

Seeking Compensation for Injuries

Pedestrians are not always guaranteed to earn compensation after a collision with a motor vehicle. If a person attempted to cross the road outside of a crosswalk and was struck by a vehicle, he or she may be considered fully or partially at fault for the accident. When a car hits a pedestrian inside of a crosswalk, the driver will likely be considered at fault for the injury, and the victim can sue the driver for monetary compensation for injuries. Since Tennessee is an at-fault state, each case is investigated to determine who was responsible for the collision.

All injured pedestrians should call the police after a collision or have someone with them contact the authorities. A police officer will then prepare an official report that the pedestrian can use to prove the driver was at fault.

Tennessee has a one-year statute of limitations in which an injured person can file for compensation. If the pedestrian files a claim in time, he or she may be able to receive compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Personal Injury Attorney

A pedestrian accident can be life-altering. The injuries caused by being struck by a vehicle can be severe. Recovery can be difficult, especially if you are facing steep medical bills. If you were injured while crossing the road, it is important to seek professional legal counsel. The lawyers from the Law Office of William F. Evans are skilled at establishing liability for accidents and ensuring that the negligent parties are held responsible. We can help you receive the compensation you need and deserve for your damages. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County pedestrian accident lawyer, call our office today at 423-449-7980.




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