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Pedestrians Injured by Automobiles

by David Peel on January 22, 2014

Pedestrians Injured by AutomobilesUnfortunately, there are times when a pedestrian is injured because of an automobile. Because of this, it is important to know what rights a pedestrian has. It is also important to understand when a pedestrian most likely will not be able to recover for his injuries.

Under Tennessee law, pedestrians have the right of way at intersections. Even if an intersection does not have a marked crosswalk, the pedestrian will have the right of way. This means that automobiles approaching intersections have a duty to watch for pedestrians who may be crossing the road. If the driver of an automobile hits a pedestrian and causes injuries to the pedestrian, the driver will likely be liable for those injuries.

Pedestrians should obey signals and crosswalks when they are available. This means that a pedestrian crossing the street in a crosswalk or with a “walk” sign has the right of way. Drivers of automobiles who fail to stop for the pedestrian and cause injuries will likely be liable for those injuries. This means that the pedestrian will likely be able to recover damages for his injuries.

Under Tennessee law, pedestrians need to yield to automobiles that are driving if the pedestrian is not at an intersection. This means that a pedestrian crossing a road at a point other than an intersection needs to watch out for approaching traffic and cross when it is safe to do so. A pedestrian who is walking at one of these points should be aware that he may not be able to recover his injuries caused if he is hit by an automobile.

It is also important to know that pedestrians who ignore traffic signals or who are jaywalking will most likely not be able to recover for their injuries. Also, pedestrians who cross a highway will most likely not be able to recover for their injuries.

If you or someone you know is interested in more information, please contact Mr. Peel through his website PeelLawFirm.com. Mr. Peel focuses mostly on personal injury law. He is very involved in the Christian community and often addresses various groups. He practices throughout the West Tennessee area including: Millington, Tipton County and Memphis, Tennessee. His office is located in Millington, Tennessee.

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