Drivers must be exceedingly careful to avoid hitting pedestrians while they are operating a motor vehicle. Pedestrians have the legal right-of-way in the state of Tennessee and drivers who do not respect the fact can be held accountable. For example, car wrecks involving pedestrians could happen after a driver fails to watch where he or she is going and/or fails to take care while approaching a crosswalk. Horrific accidents result from this kind of negligence and many Tennessee residents have suffered injury or death because of them.
Recently an 18-year-old student of was injured while she was walking on the campus of Murray State University. A car smashed into her while she was walking through a crosswalk. Police report that a 28-year-old woman was operating the vehicle that struck the teenager.
It is not unheard of for such accidents to be caused by a negligent driver who was not watching the road. Drivers must yield to pedestrians, especially when a pedestrian is utilizing a crosswalk. In this case, the victim was taken to a nearby hospital where she received treatment for her injuries. Her current condition is not known.
At this time, police have not filed charges against the woman who hit the teen. However, the girl may have the ability to pursue a personal injury claim against the woman who hit her in this Tennessee pedestrian accident. The fact remains that pedestrians have the right of way, especially in a crosswalk. Drivers who do not respect this law and cause car wrecks involving a pedestrian can be held legally accountable for the accidents and injuries they cause.
Source: 14news.com, Tenn teen injured on campus of Murray State, Jason Gravens, Sept. 17, 2013