Nashville Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The balance of power in a pedestrian accident always tilts in favor of the person in the vehicle. In a pedestrian accident, the odds of the pedestrian being critically injured are high. The driver, on the other hand, almost always walks away without injury – even when their negligent driving caused the accident.
At Larry R. Williams, PLLC, we’re here to level the playing field with aggressive defense on the pedestrian’s behalf. Under Tennessee law, pedestrians have the right of way at marked intersections, within crosswalks, and in driveways. Unfortunately, distracted driving and busy Nashville roadways often lead to drivers ignoring these rules and cutting off pedestrians or not noticing them at all. In such cases, the consequences can be dire.
Pedestrian accidents frequently result in shattered bones, contusions, internal bleeding, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even wrongful deaths. The severity of these accidents often leads to permanent disability or years in physical rehabilitation, as well as mental pain and suffering. The Nashville law firm of Larry R. Williams, PLLC, has represented personal injury victims in pedestrian accidents for more than 35 years. We make it our goal to win compensation for your losses, and handle your legal issues so you can focus on recovery.
Holding Reckless Drivers Responsible
Our lawyers have extensive knowledge about the legal rights of pedestrians in Tennessee, and take action against negligent drivers. Negligent driving comes in many forms, but all are equally dangerous when it comes to pedestrian accidents:
- Distracted driving (i.e., eating while driving)
- Texting and driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving under the influence of drugs (and prescription medication)
- Emotional or angry driving (i.e., “road rage”)
- Drowsy driving
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Making illegal turns
- Failing to stop at crosswalks
Any of these bad decisions can change lives forever. When a driver acts negligently in any manner and strikes a pedestrian, a judge will hold him or her fully responsible for the victim’s injuries. Even if a pedestrian wasn’t using a crosswalk at the time of the accident, if the driver wasn’t paying attention to the road the victim has a case.
Pedestrian Deaths in Tennessee
Last year, more pedestrians died in Tennessee than any year since 1995. Some blame a lack of road signs; others blame the speed limits in known dangerous areas for pedestrians. In any case, the number of pedestrians killed in Tennessee is heartbreaking and almost always due to distracted or reckless driving.
Tennessee state officials examine crosswalks and create new initiatives to spread awareness about pedestrian safety, but as of now, pedestrian deaths still account for 10% of all roadway fatalities in our state. Children are the most vulnerable pedestrians, as they may dart out from behind parked vehicles or not pay attention when crossing roadways. Children under five years of age make up almost 40% of all pedestrian deaths in the United States.
Let Our Attorneys Represent Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
At Larry R. Williams, PLLC, we’re knowledgeable about defending pedestrians who have suffered injuries because of driver negligence. Our team of personal injury attorneys dedicates our practice to standing up for the defenseless and demanding compensation for damages when a driver is responsible for an accident. We know how to find evidence of negligence and how to develop a case to win the greatest amount of compensation possible.
If a driver’s negligence in Tennessee has hurt you or killed a family member, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case. The attorneys at Larry R. Williams are highly trained in pedestrian accidents and will take the necessary steps to ensure you receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, present and future suffering, and other damages. Call today at (615) 256-8880 for a free case evaluation.