Nashville Attorneys for Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Occupants of motor vehicles are not the only victims of traffic accidents. Pedestrians and bicyclists can also be seriously injured in accidents with motor vehicles. Because bicyclists and pedestrians do not have the protection that a vehicle provides during a collision, these accident victims can sustain severe and life-threatening injuries in a crash. Tragically, many individuals injured in pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents do not receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses.
Our Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys and bicycle accident lawyers work with individuals on every aspect of an injury claim. From filing an insurance claim with the driver’s insurance provider and negotiating a settlement to filing a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary to protect your rights, Brummett Injury Lawyers help you recover compensation for your losses and damages after a pedestrian or bicycle accident.
Pedestrian Accidents and Bicycle Accidents in Nashville
Walking and riding a bicycle are excellent forms of exercise that are also great for the environment. Many people in Nashville choose to cycle or walk instead of using a motor vehicle for transportation. Additionally, running and cycling are competitive sports and enjoyable forms of recreation. Regardless of why you choose to walk or cycle, sharing the road with motor vehicles can be dangerous.
Despite the benefits of walking and bicycling, you are at risk for an injury if you are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Pedestrian and bicycle injuries range from mild injuries that heal within a few weeks to serious injuries that might result in permanent impairments.
Bicyclists and pedestrians are unprotected from the impact of an automobile. Common injuries sustained by pedestrians and bicyclists in traffic accidents include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Knee and leg injuries
- Nerve damage
- Cuts, abrasions, and lacerations, which can result in scarring, disfigurement, and secondary infections
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
The severity of the above injuries and other injuries depend on the facts and circumstances of the collision. Larger vehicles, such as SUVs and trucks, tend to cause more severe injuries than passenger cars or motorcycles. However, any vehicle, even a small car traveling at a low speed, can cause traumatic injuries under the right conditions.
Liability for Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents in Nashville, TN
Our Davidson County personal injury attorneys investigate each accident to determine who is at fault and to what degree each party is at fault. Tennessee has enacted several laws that protect bicyclists and pedestrians who are injured in a motor vehicle accident. However, an injury victim must prove that the driver was negligent or reckless in causing the bicycle crash or pedestrian accident. If the driver was negligent, the driver might be liable for damages and losses arising from the accident.
In some cases, a driver may violate Tennessee traffic laws designed to protect pedestrians and bicyclists. Establishing that the driver committed traffic violations is one way to prove negligence. Another way would be to prove that the driver’s actions breached the duty of care owed to others sharing the road, including driving while distracted, drowsy driving, inattentive driving, and aggressive driving.
However, in all cases, the victim must provide evidence that proves the driver’s actions or inactions were a direct and proximate cause of the traffic accident. Without proof that the driver caused the collision, the bicyclist or pedestrian cannot recover compensation for their injuries.
Seeking Compensation for Injured Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Throughout the greater Nashville area, individuals who cycle, run, walk, or jog face unique dangers that others on the road do not face. Motor vehicles are much larger and heavier than individuals and bicycles. Automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles can cause catastrophic harm as drivers speed to get to their destinations quickly, talk on cell phones, check emails, fail to yield the right of way, or ignore traffic laws.
The result of a driver’s negligent operation of a motor vehicle can be devastating for a pedestrian or bicyclist. In addition to physical injuries, accident victims can suffer great emotional distress and financial hardship because of the collision. Common damages included in bicycle accident claims and pedestrian accident claims are:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Present and future loss of income, including a decrease in earning potential
- Property damage
- Scars, disfigurement, and permanent impairments
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress and anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other financial losses and expenses related to the accident, injuries, and recovery
The value of a pedestrian accident claim or a bicycle accident claim depends on several factors. Our attorneys analyze each area of your claim to ensure that we maximize the value of your claim to increase the chance that you will receive full compensation for all damages, losses, and injuries related to your accident.
Pedestrian Accident and Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee
If you are injured in a traffic accident in Nashville, Davidson County, Rutherford County, or the surrounding areas, Brummett Injury Lawyers can help you hold the responsible individual responsible for his or her actions, negligence, and wrongdoing.
At Brummett Injury Lawyers, we focus on accuracy, details, and the law. We do not speed through accident claims to obtain a quick settlement. Our goal is to gather evidence to build a strong case for negligence and fault so that you can receive a fair and just settlement for your injury claim. We do not rush because we care about the long-term consequences of an accident case instead of focusing solely on getting a little bit of money quickly.
Contact Brummett Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation with one of our experienced Nashville personal injury attorneys.