Car accidents involving pedestrian deaths are on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,280 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2010, a 4% increase from the figure reported in 2009. In 2010 alone, 70,000 pedestrians were injured from traffic-pedestrian accidents nationwide.
Nashville, unfortunately, ranks high in the list of most dangerous cities for pedestrians. Between 2000 and 2009, 204 people were killed walking in Music City, which earned Nashville the 14th spot in the list of most dangerous cities for pedestrians, according to Transportation for America.
Protect Your Loved Ones
Always use cross walks and wait for the the signal to cross. Motorists often do not check for pedestrians, especially when they have a green light.
If you are walking at night, wear reflective clothing and bright colors. Be sure to watch the drivers if possible. If they are distracted, protect yourself by waiting. Saving a few minutes is not worth the risk if a driver is trying to dial a phone number or change a CD.
Pay close attention around bus stops. If you cannot always meet your child at the bus stop, try to do it as often as you can. If a child has to cross the street on their way home from school, make sure they know to cross while the bus is still there and the traffic has come to a complete stop. Many pedestrian accidents happen when they walk part way up the block and cross without the protection of the stop signs and flashing lights on the bus.
Don’t Let The Insurance Company Take Advantage of You
If you or a loved one is a pedestrian traffic accident victim, seek legal advice from a licensed professional personal injury attorney right away. Do not rely on the advice from the insurance company of the person who hit you or your loved one. Their main concern is watching out for the pocket book of the insurance company. Insurance companies are RARELY concerned with whether your medical bills are fully covered, whether or not you are back at work full time, and insurance agents are not losing sleep over whether your child has missed school.
Was the vehicle and the driver who hit you uninsured? Have you called your own insurance company yet? Even if you file a claim with your own insurance company, be on guard. Remember, they are in business to make money. If they can frustrate you into going away or settling for less than your case is worth, they will not hesitate to do so regardless of how long you’ve been paying them premiums.
Get medical advice from a doctor, not the insurance company. We often hear from people that they did not go to a doctor right away because an insurance adjuster told them that they might not need medical attention. Pedestrian accident victims should see a doctor immediately and follow the doctor’s advice, NOT the advice of an insurance claim agent.
At Romeo Law, your initial consultation is free. You do not have to worry about the cost of speaking with personal injury attorney, April Romeo. We only get paid if you win and we do not hesitate to give consultations even if you know you do not want to hire an attorney. Get your questions answered and put your mind at ease.
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April Romeo, Personal Injury Attorney, practicing in the areas of: Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Personal Injury, and Slip and Falls.
Personal Injury Attorney serving clients all across Middle Tennessee, including but not limited to: Nashville, Hermitage, Mount Juliet, Antioch, Brentwood, Old Hickory, Dickson, Lebanon, Spring Hill, Franklin, Goodlettsville, Smyrna.