Lebanon Bike and Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers
Protecting the rights of the injured in Mount Juliet, Cookeville, and Middle Tennessee
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident or pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle, you may be wondering how you are going to recover the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, not to mention your pain, suffering, and emotional distress from the trauma of the crash itself.
At Lowery, Lowery & Cherry, PLLC, we are here to fight for your right to compensation when someone else's negligence is the cause of your injuries. We offer our clients free consultation, so there’s never a cost to speak with an experience Lebanon personal injury lawyer about your case. You will not pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Fast facts about pedestrian and cyclist fatalities
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 6,283 pedestrian deaths in traffic crashes in 2018. In 2017, a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in a traffic accident. Eight hundred and fifty-seven bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2018, and alcohol was involved in 37% of all fatal bicyclist crashes in 2017.
What are common causes of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in Tennessee?
There are many factors which can lead to bicycles colliding with cars, or pedestrians getting struck by cars, including:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drivers who do not see the bicyclist when turning a corner
- Vehicle occupants who do not look out for bicyclists when opening car doors
- Drivers making fast lane changes without looking carefully first
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Drivers tailgating bicyclists
Typical injuries from pedestrian and bicycle accidents
Some of the common injuries that bicyclists and pedestrians might sustain in a collision with a motor vehicle include:
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Sprains and muscle strains
- Head and neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Road rash, lacerations, and contusions
- Soft tissue injuries
What duty of care do motorists owe Lebanon cyclists and pedestrians?
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office offers helpful tips for pedestrians and bicyclists. They mention that a bicycle is a vehicle when it is being operated on a road, highway, or bicycle path, and bikers have the same rights and responsibilities as car and truck drivers with the exceptions noted in TCA 55-8-171 through 55-8-177. Bicyclists are required to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
It is helpful to remember that practically everyone is a pedestrian. Drivers have a duty to exercise due care in following the rules of the road, but pedestrians and bicyclists are obliged to follow those same rules. In the same way that you would not drink and drive, do not drink and attempt to operate a bicycle on city streets especially at night. If you are driving in a pedestrian area, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists and be prepared to expect the unexpected – especially when there are children around.
How our attorneys protect your rights after an accident
When you have been hurt in a crash with a motor vehicle as a pedestrian or bicyclist, it can be difficult to know what your rights are, and how to proceed. At Lowery, Lowery & Cherry, our Lebanon bicycle and pedestrian accident injury attorneys are here to protect your rights and fight for fair compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Some of the damages available in a bicycle accident or pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle claim include:
- Medical expenses, including medication and hospital costs, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other health care-related services for your injury
- Lost wages for the missed time at work for medical care and recuperation
- Pain and suffering for the injury and how it will impact your life
- Emotional distress from the traumatic experience of being in a crash
Punitive damages may be available depending on the nature of the accident. If the at-fault party was drunk or drugged or driving recklessly, punitive damages are intended to punish egregious behavior and serve as a deterrent.
Our Lebanon pedestrian and bicycle accident attorneys help you by gathering evidence, police reports and other important documents related to the crash. We prepare your insurance claim and we negotiate with the insurance company and we prepare your case for trial. This frees you up to focus on healing and getting back to enjoying your life.
Talk to our Lebanon bike and pedestrian accident lawyers today
Being injured in a car crash as a pedestrian or a cyclist can leave you with serious injuries. If you can’t work, and you are facing mounting medical bills, a skilled Lebanon car accident attorney from Lowery, Lowery & Cherry PLLC, can help make sure that you recover all the compensation due to you when you are injured because of someone else’s negligence. You are welcome to call 615-454-9404 or contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions. We help the injured in Mt. Juliet, Nashville, Cookeville, and throughout the rest of Tennessee.