Protecting Injured Tennessee Pedestrians

With the continued growth of Nashville and other Middle Tennessee communities, we’re also seeing an increase in footpaths, sidewalks, and other pedestrian-friendly features located near roadways.

Of course, there’s no better way to experience our city than walking; however, all too often motorists fail to respect pedestrians’ rights and, as a result, they can be responsible for causing serious accidents to innocent people. Sadly, in the year 2014 alone, there were 176 pedestrian accidents in Davidson County.

Drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure they’re operating their vehicle safely, but when a driver acts recklessly – like failing to look both ways before turning, or responding to a cell phone –  they inadvertently put everyone on the road at serious risk. As a pedestrian, you shouldn’t be required to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence, and that’s why the experienced lawyers at Jeff Roberts & Associates are here to help you. Our highly qualified pedestrian accident lawyers will guide you step-by-step through the legal process: we’ll explain your legal rights to you whilst always endeavoring to protect your family’s future. And you have nothing to lose because you won’t owe us any money unless and until we win your case. If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident, please don’t hesitate to call us at 615-425-4400, or alternatively please complete our online contact form and we’ll get back to you immediately.

Pedestrians Become Victims When Motorists Ignore Road Rules 

Any pedestrian who’s attempted to cross a busy Nashville street during peak-hour traffic knows precisely how vulnerable pedestrians can be. And unfortunately, we see motorists in pedestrian-designated areas who are not following traffic laws and not looking out for people on foot. Pedestrians can only do their best when it comes to safety, but there’s no way they can predict what a driver will do. Pedestrian safety is especially at risk in areas where both people on foot and vehicles share the roadway, such as –

  • Bus stops;
  • Intersections and crosswalks; and
  • Parking lot exits.

Realistically, pedestrian accidents can occur anywhere where foot traffic areas and sidewalks are close to vehicle traffic, and these accidents can be very serious for the pedestrian victim. The following injuries can be the result of a vehicle impacting an innocent and unprotected pedestrian –

  • Broken bones;
  • Large bruises;
  • Brain and spinal injury; or

And sadly, many pedestrians involved in these types of accidents are often vulnerable older people, and children.

Vehicles Putting Tennessee Pedestrians At-Risk 

Obviously, traffic laws are designed to keep both pedestrians and drivers safe, but all too often people are getting behind the wheel of their vehicle without considering other people, including vehicles they’re sharing the road with. Too many serious accidents are caused each and every year in Tennessee by drivers who choose to –

  • Drive intoxicated;
  • Drive distracted;
  • Make reckless decisions;
  • Become impatient waiting for pedestrians;
  • Are not cautious when pedestrians are present.

However, drivers must be held responsible for the serious injuries, and sometimes death, they cause to innocent and unprotected pedestrians on foot. Yes, sometimes this can involve complicated legal issues, but pedestrians who have been injured in Tennessee have the right to pursue financial compensation for injuries sustained and the impact the accident has had on their lives.

Nashville Pedestrian Lawyers: Assisting Victims of Negligent Drivers 

When a vehicle hits and injures a pedestrian, and it’s obvious that the driver was at fault, the accident victim will often experience great difficulty in their attempts to receive compensation from the insurance company of the negligent driver. Even though the victim is clearly injured and in pain, they could well face –

  • Unfair accusations for the accident;
  • Complicated paperwork that might jeopardize their rights; and
  • Red-tape that prevents them from moving forward.

The highly experienced lawyers at Jeff Roberts & Associates were previously insurance adjusters. Today we choose to represent victims because we completely understand the difficulties faced by pedestrians and we know first-hand the methods used by insurance companies to minimize victims’ claims.

If you’re not sure what to do next, and you’re looking for an experienced, friendly local attorney to help you understand your rights, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Call our Nashville law office today at 615-425-4400. We have the expertise, knowledge and skills required to help you pursue your legal rights.

And remember, there’s no obligation! You’ll receive a completely free initial case review, during which you can share your concerns and have your questions answered without any obligation whatsoever. The friendly staff at Jeff Roberts & Associates want to help you! We’re totally focused on helping victims both protect and assert their legal rights. Don’t hesitate any longer – we’re here to help you!


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