Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Each year approximately 900 people are killed in the United States in traffic related bicycle accidents. The accidents most frequently occur in the evening between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The most common cause for the accidents is alcohol-related accidents. Biking accidents on the road occur more in urban areas than rural areas by a two-to-one margin. We are Knoxville biking accident lawyers that have been keeping our community safe for decades.Proving Negligence in a Bicycle Accident Claim
In order to be successful in your bicycle accident claim, you will have to prove that another party was more than 50% at fault for your injuries. If you are involved in a bike accident that occurs at a time with very little natural light, fault will hinge on whether the driver could have or should have seen you in time to avoid hitting you. As Knoxville biking accident lawyers with decades of experience in East Tennessee, we are prepared to prove fault.
Your case will also be unique in the eyes of jurors from other types of personal injury cases. Many jurors have a bias against cyclists that are on the roadway. Our experienced Knoxville biking accident attorneys will address that bias during jury selection. Keep in mind that, unless instructed by law otherwise, you have a right to be on the road with your bike. Some jurors are completely unaware of this law and an experienced attorney will ensure that they have all the facts. Without that instruction, you may get unreasonably blamed for assuming the risk.Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Nearly 5,000 people die each year by being hit by cars while crossing the street. There are also approximately 72,000 pedestrians injured each year.Pedestrian Accident Cases
The Lawyers of Brown and Roberto have successfully handled numerous pedestrian accident cases over the last 40 years. Our Knoxville pedestrian accident lawyers know that fault will often be the hotly contested issue of the case. The driver that hit you may claim that you unexpectedly stepped into the road or that you did not obey traffic laws. However, even if you violated some safety law, you may still have a viable case against the motor vehicle driver -- if you can prove that the driver was more than 50% at fault for causing the injury. This could be accomplished by proving that the driver was distracted, for example.
In pedestrian accident cases, our experienced Knoxville pedestrian accident attorneys will examine the weather and lighting conditions at the time of the accident. We will research where the accident occurred, including whether it was at a crosswalk or other defined space for pedestrians. When it comes to children hit by cars, we want to know whether the accident occurred in places in which children are known to play. It is also important whether the accident occurred in a school zone near the time that school begins or lets out.Will Auto-Insurance Policy Cover my Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident?
If you were hit by a negligent driver while walking, jogging, running or biking, that driver’s auto insurance policy will pay for your damages including pain and suffering, lost work, and your medical bills. The ability to get paid for these damages may be limited by the limits of that driver’s liability policy and the personal assets of the driver. In the case of uninsured or underinsured drivers, you will also need to review your insurance policy.Hit and Run Accidents
According to the NHTSA, there are approximately 740,000 hit and run car accidents every year. The Lawyers of Brown and Roberto have successfully handled countless hit and run accidents involving cars hitting walkers, joggers, or bicyclists. To avoid being the victim of a hit and run, we recommend that you carry uninsured motorist coverage. In the case in which the at fault driver can never be brought to justice, your uninsured motorist coverage will protect you. Put our Knoxville hit and run lawyers to work for you.
Contact the Lawyers of Brown and Roberto today for a free consultation: (865) 691-2777.