How Serious Are Pedestrian Accidents?
Last year, Davidson County had 258 pedestrian injuries and 38 fatalities alone. Statewide, hundreds more pedestrian injuries and deaths were reported, and the numbers are normally higher in non-pandemic years. Pedestrian accidents are very serious, and the injuries can be catastrophic for victims. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates are top tier legal advocates who will fight for the compensation that you and your loved ones deserve after a pedestrian accident. To learn more, call or contact our office today to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents happen most often when the driver of a vehicle is not paying attention to their surroundings. Some of the most common causes cited in pedestrian accidents are distracted driving, drowsy driving, driving under the influence, speeding, disobeying traffic signs and signals, failure to yield the right of way, and driving too fast for conditions in inclement weather or on bad roads. Regardless of the reason why, when a pedestrian accident does occur the injuries caused can be catastrophic for the unprotected victims.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Because pedestrians have little to no protection in an accident, the injuries sustained are often devastating and severe. Pedestrian injuries often result in permanent disabilities that impact victims for the rest of their lives. Some of the most common injuries reported in pedestrian accidents include the following:
- Head and skull injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial trauma
- Multiple bone fractures
- Crushing injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal organ injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Severe lacerations and road rash
It is critical that an experienced personal injury attorney handle pedestrian accident claims to ensure that full and fair compensation is received for victims and their loved ones.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Claims
Pedestrians injured in an accident in Tennessee are entitled to collect compensation for their out of pocket costs, known as economic damages, and for the intangible harms caused by the accident, known as noneconomic damages. Economic damages cover the victim’s medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and loss of enjoyment of life. Noneconomic damages cover the victim’s pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, and any disfigurement caused by the accident.
Given the often severe nature of pedestrian accident injuries when a fatal accident occurs the family of the victim can also seek wrongful death compensation. Damages for wrongful death cover expenses incurred by the victim’s estate as well as compensation for the victim’s family. This can include compensation for any final medical bills, loss of future wages and benefits, the victim’s pain and suffering, the family’s emotional distress, and the loss of love, counsel, support, and guidance from the victim.
Call or Contact Us Now
If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Nashville, either near Broadway or somewhere else in the city, the knowledgeable Nashville personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your claims and learn more about your legal options.