In places like Nashville, Tennessee, pedestrians are a natural part of the landscape, as many Nashville residents and visitors walk for exercise, walk to work, or walk simply for pleasure every day. Unfortunately, the presence of pedestrians on Tennessee streets and sidewalks increases the risk of pedestrian accidents, which can result in devastating injuries and tragic loss of life. Regardless of the safety measures put in place to protect the safety of pedestrians on Tennessee roadways, including crosswalks and “safe to walk” notifications, pedestrian accidents can and do occur in Nashville and across Tennessee. In addition to the physical pain caused by pedestrian accidents, the costly medical care required for the treatment of many pedestrian accident injuries can be overwhelming. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a TN pedestrian accident, contact our Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to explore your compensation options.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Tennessee
Most people assume that pedestrian accidents occur as a result of careless activities on the pedestrian’s part, like jaywalking or stepping off the sidewalk into traffic. However, the shocking truth is that, of the 1,200 or so people involved in pedestrian accidents in Tennessee each year, the majority of these accidents involve pedestrians hit while crossing the street on a crosswalk. Many Tennessee crosswalk accidents are the unfortunate result of negligent driving, as more and more Americans drive distracted or recklessly in a rush to get to work, to school or home for the day. The most common driver errors that result in crosswalk accidents in Tennessee include attempting to beat a red light, failure to stop for a traffic signal, and failure to spot a crosswalk.
TN Pedestrian Accident Injuries
As you can imagine, the injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic, as a pedestrian walking down the road or across the street has zero protection against the crushing weight and speed of a car, truck or bus. For pedestrians who survive accidents of this kind, the most common injuries sustained include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Head and neck injury
- Back injury
- Broken bones
- Amputation/loss of limb
Contact a Tennessee Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Pedestrian accidents result in some of the most devastating injuries of all traffic accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 64,000 are injured in motor vehicle accidents in the United States each year. In fact, pedestrian fatalities account for 11% of all motor vehicle fatalities in this country. If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury sustained in a Tennessee pedestrian accident, contact our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills, which you can pursue by filing an injury lawsuit against the negligent party.