Nashville Pedestrian Accidents & Injuries
Each week, people in Nashville are struck by cars while they are walking near a road, jogging, crossing intersections or simply strolling across the street on a lunch or dinner break. In many instances, pedestrian accidents occur because a driver was simply not looking out for people on foot in the road. No one wants to think about being injured in a pedestrian accident. But pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries. It is a good idea to be prepared and know how to react if the unthinkable happens and you are struck by a car or truck.
The legal team at Bill Easterly & Associates is committed to holding fully accountable drivers who cause serious injuries to pedestrians as a result of negligence. Our pedestrian accident attorneys have more than 25 years of combined legal experience and have secured millions of dollars for injury victims. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Nashville or anywhere in Middle Tennessee, let us review the accident and discuss how we may assist you. There is no charge for the initial consultation.
Next Steps to Take After a Pedestrian Accident
There are some fundamental steps that you should take if you have been hit by a car while on foot to look out for your health and protect your financial and legal interests. We will review them below. Failing to follow these steps could undermine your claim for compensation and slow your recovery.
- Seek Safety – Collect yourself and move to a safe location such as a sidewalk, if your injuries allow you to move. Suppress the urge to vent your emotions at the driver who hit you.
- Call Police – Call 911 and report the pedestrian accident, even if you think that you are not seriously injured. Your minor injuries may turn out to be more serious after the rush of adrenaline wears off. Remain at the scene of the accident and wait for the police or state highway patrol to arrive. Describe to the police what occurred. Get the name of the police officer and ask how you can get a copy of the police accident report and when it should be available. A police report describing the pedestrian accident may be crucial to building a compelling case for compensation.
- Ask the Driver to Stay Until Police Arrive – Obtain driver’s license and insurance information from the driver and provide the driver with your identification and insurance information. It is all too common for motorists to drive off if the pedestrian appears uninjured. You can use your phone’s camera to photograph it if you do not have a way to write down the information. If you were struck by a hit-and-run driver and you have auto insurance, your uninsured motorist coverage should cover your injuries up to the limits of your policy.
- Take Photos – Photographs documenting the accident scene can provide strong evidence to bolster your claim for compensation. If you are able, take photos of your injuries, damage to the vehicle that struck you, the position of traffic signals, and any skid marks or debris in the road. Photograph the license plate of the automobile. You cannot take too many photos of an accident. It is best to take photos immediately after the accident.
- Seek Medical Attention – Pedestrian accidents are a common cause of broken bones and head injuries, with the severity depending on the force of the impact. Some head injuries may not be apparent immediately after the accident, but can be serious if left untreated. It is crucial to your health to visit a doctor promptly for a full medical evaluation. Be sure to tell the doctor that you have been involved in a pedestrian accident. In addition to protecting your health, a doctor’s report detailing your injuries can provide important evidence linking your injuries to the pedestrian accident. That is crucial. Insurance companies will give weight to a doctor’s report in assessing your claim for compensation.
- Contact the Driver’s Insurance Company – Do not count on the motorist who hit you to inform his or her insurance company about the pedestrian accident. Contact the insurance company, inform them that you were hit at a specific day and time. You want to give notice to the at-fault driver’s insurance company of the accident, but do not discuss your injuries or other details. Do not give a recorded statement or discuss whether you are under a doctor’s care. It is best to have your attorney deal with the insurance company to avoid making a comment that could undermine your claim.
- Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer – It is important to understand your legal options after any pedestrian accident. Do you have a legal right to seek compensation from the insurance company of the driver who hit you? Are there other options for obtaining compensation to cover your medical bills such as Med Pay? It depends on the specific facts of the accident and the types of insurance coverage available. It helps to have a knowledgeable attorney review all the details with you. Take advantage of a free, no-obligation consultation with a Nashville pedestrian accident attorney at Bill Easterly & Associates to understand your legal options.
Following the steps outlined above will help you protect your health and your legal interests after a pedestrian accident. Contact a Nashville personal injury lawyer experienced at handling pedestrian accidents and get an explanation of your legal options.
How Can I Pay for a Nashville Lawyer after a Pedestrian Accident?
The personal injury attorneys at Bill Easterly & Associates provide legal representation to individuals who have been harmed in pedestrian accidents caused by someone else’s negligence. We know that money is tight if you have been seriously injured and are facing unexpected medical bills and other expenses.
We are selective in the cases we accept. If we agree to handle your pedestrian accident case, we will work on a contingency fee basis. You will not pay any upfront legal fees. We will only receive payment for our legal services if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you through an insurance settlement or a jury award. A contingency fee arrangement is another way that we show that we put our clients’ interests first.