Nashville Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Bike Accidents in Tennessee
Unfortunately, Tennessee roadways can be dangerous places for cyclists due to careless and inattentive drivers. Bicycle accidents often occur at intersections or on streets without bicycle lanes when drivers refuse to share the road.
Cyclists on roadways in Tennessee have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of cars and trucks under Tennessee law. Bicycles are considered vehicles and share the rights to the road. However, drivers are not always on the lookout for bicycles.
At Witherington Injury Law, we know how to fight to get you the fair settlement you deserve following a traumatic accident. If you’ve been hit by a car while riding a bike, no matter the circumstance, you are entitled to compensation and aid. Our Nashville bicycle accident attorney, Patrick D. Witherington, can help.
You Don't Have to Be in a Car to Get into a Car Accident
Despite the growing effort to increase bicycle awareness and safety, many careless drivers continue to cause accidents with cyclists who are doing nothing wrong. The results can be tragic. People driving motor vehicles aren't always watching out for those traveling by bike or on foot. And it's not just jaywalkers and cyclists in traffic who end up injured, cars hit pedestrians in crosswalks and bikers in bike lanes, too. Some pedestrians have even been hit while on the sidewalk.
If you've been hit by a car, you've been in a motor vehicle accident. Rest assured that however your accident occurred, we’re here to help.
Pedestrian Accidents in Tennessee
Over 25 percent of Americans have been in a distracted walking incident, but many still don’t realize the part they have to play. 74 percent see “others” as distracted while only 29 percent claim to be distracted themselves. There can be a lot going on when walking outside, so focusing on what is going on around you is critical. By staying visible and focused, you can decrease the chances that you will be in an accident.
Preventing Pedestrian Accidents
No matter where you’re going, it’s always a good idea to be a wise walker. By following a few safety tips, you can avoid a distracted walking accident.
Make Yourself Visible
It’s not always possible to wear bright or reflective clothing. Especially if you’re out for more than a casual stroll. Remember that cars have blind spots and do your best to stay out of them. If you’re having a hard time seeing the driver, there’s a good chance the driver isn’t able to see you either.
Make Eye Contact with Drivers
You can’t always count on drivers to see you and respond accordingly. Making eye contact with a driver is one way to make sure you are both communicating about whose turn it is in the intersection. If you’re unsure if a driver sees you, don’t risk it!
So much of our information is on our phones. It’s where we get our email. It’s how we communicate with family and friends. It even helps us get where we’re going. But driving isn’t the only time your phone can be a distraction. Walking with your eyes focused on your phone can distract you from traffic and other things going on around you.
Common Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Injuries
It's no surprise that pedestrians and cyclists suffer the worst consequences when hit by a car.
The impact of the collision, coupled with the mass of a car compared to that of a human body, means that walkers and bikers can suffer:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Or even death
How Witherington Injury Law Can Help
Those who survive these types of accidents could face a long, uncertain, and expensive recovery. It's essential to speak with a lawyer right away if you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident. Without a lawyer, an insurance company could convince you to accept a settlement that's far less than what you deserve.
Here in Nashville, our knowledgeable legal team at Witherington Injury Law can ensure you get the strong legal advocacy you need to help you access compensation from the responsible parties. We know how to pursue maximum compensation to facilitate the best possible recovery.
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