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Q: Who is responsible for damages sustained in a pedestrian accident?
Pedestrian accidents fall within the umbrella of personal injury law and they’re rising nationwide as well as in areas of Tennessee. In particular, busy cities like Nashville and the Central precinct area, the number of crashes involving pedestrians rose by almost 65% in just the one year period between 2015 and 2016. A shocking 84 pedestrian accidents were reported there in 2015 alone.
An accident between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian often results in serious injuries or death of the pedestrian. The victim may suffer devastating and long-term physical and emotional physical injuries and emotional trauma as well as financial burdens related to current medical expenses, the costs of ongoing medical treatment or rehabilitation, and a temporary or permanent inability to work.
Drivers, as well as pedestrians, each have a duty to follow safety laws. Some common causes of car accidents include distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, aggressive driving, and more. Pedestrians may also cause or contribute to accidents by ignoring or disobeying safety rules. Pedestrians may ignore traffic signals, cross outside of crosswalk walks, and be distracted by texting while walking.
In a personal injury lawsuit, the person injured has the burden to show not only their actual damages suffered but also to prove that the injuries were the result of the negligent, intentional, or reckless behavior of someone else. Recoverable damages differ by case, but generally include current and future medical expenses for physical and emotional harm, lost income or diminished earning capacity, and more.
A personal injury attorney can help victims navigate the complicated legal process of a personal injury claim. Victims should obtain legal counsel before making statements to any insurance company and before accepting any settlement offer. Because insurance companies are in the business to make and save money, they may offer a lower settlement offer to an unrepresented victim. An attorney can evaluate and often negotiate a better insurance settlement offer and can aggressively pursue litigation if an amicable settlement isn’t possible.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of any kind of accident, the Williamson County personal injury attorneys at Chadwick & Tignor can help. Call us at 615-379-7900. We represent accident victims throughout the Middle Tennessee, Spring Hill area.
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