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How Does Failure to Yield Put Pedestrians and Bicyclists at Risk?

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Anderson County Pedestrian Injury LawyerFailure to yield the right of way is a common cause of car accidents of all kinds, but it can be an especially serious problem in accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians. Some drivers are ignorant of the laws governing the right of way for pedestrians and bicyclists, while others may fail to yield the right of way due to other factors that impede their driving abilities. In these cases, pedestrians and bicyclists are largely defenseless, and they can suffer severe injuries. If you have been hit by a car, an attorney can help you pursue compensation through a personal injury claim.

Tennessee Right of Way Laws for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

According to Tennessee law, pedestrians have the right of way at both marked and unmarked crosswalks. Marked crosswalks have white cross-hatching, and they can be found at intersections or between blocks. Any intersection in Tennessee without white cross-hatching is considered an unmarked crosswalk. When a driver approaches a crosswalk where a pedestrian is in the process of crossing the road, the driver should stop and let the pedestrian pass. Pedestrians also have the right of way when they are coming out of an alley or driveway.

Bicyclists in Tennessee are subject to the same traffic laws as drivers of motor vehicles. This means that they must yield the right of way to other vehicles as they would if they were driving a motor vehicle, but it also means that drivers must yield to them. For example, at a four-way stop or an intersection with a traffic light, bicycles should be treated the same as cars. Drivers who are turning right at an intersection should also take special care not to turn into the path of a bicyclist.

Why Do Drivers Fail to Yield the Right of Way?

In many cases, a driver’s failure to yield the right of way is a result of negligence on the driver’s part. For example, a driver traveling at unsafe speeds may not be able to stop in time to yield to a pedestrian or bicyclist. A driver who is distracted by texting or using a cell phone, or who simply fails to observe their surroundings, may drive through a crosswalk or intersection and collide with a bicycle or pedestrian. A drunk driver whose mental abilities are impaired can also put pedestrians and bicyclists at risk.

Contact a Knoxville Personal Injury Attorney

If a driver hit you on your bike or while you were walking, our Knox County personal injury lawyer can help you investigate the accident and gather evidence of the driver’s negligence and failure to yield. With this evidence, we can build a strong case for full compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. Call The Law Office of William F. Evans today to schedule a free consultation at 423-449-7980.



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