Nashville pedestrian accident lawyer

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Nashville has become one of the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrian accidents and fatalities. From Music Row, to Broadway, to other popular areas of the city, high traffic and attractions can pose significant risks to pedestrians. Despite efforts to improve safety measures such as crosswalks and traffic signals, Nashville pedestrian accidents are too frequent and can have tremendous impact on victims who are injured by another’s negligence.

If you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian, suffered injuries due to dangerous or negligent property, or lost a loved one, a Nashville personal injury lawyer can help you obtain maximum compensation from the insurance company and responsible party.

Let Hughes & Coleman negotiate your claim with the insurance company so that you can obtain the most money possible.

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What is a pedestrian under Tennessee law?

According to Tennessee state law, pedestrians are individuals who are either walking or using wheelchairs. They are entitled to travel on all Tennessee roads that are not access controlled, such as Tennessee interstates.

This means that under Tennessee law, pedestrians have the right to:

  • Use any road in the State of Tennessee that is not access controlled, including downtown Nashville streets, as well as more rural roads.
  • Cross the road at any location unless restricted by local ordinance, or where there are nearby intersections with traffic signals. (TCA § 55-8-135)
  • Have the right of way in marked crosswalks, alleys, and driveways. (TCA § 55-8-134)

If you were hit by a car or by any moving vehicle while walking in Nashville and suffered injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Let a Nashville pedestrian accidents law firm hold the responsible party accountable.

Nashville and Davidson County pedestrian accident statistics

Nashville ranked as the second most dangerous city for pedestrians in the U.S. in 2023 in a recent study based on data from Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

According to the Nashville Highway Safety Office, between 2018 and 2022, there were 2,242 traffic crashes involving pedestrians in Davidson County.

Seven roads accounted for nearly half of pedestrian fatalities in 2020 according to Walk Bike Nashville. These roads include Dickerson, Gallatin and Main St., Old Hickory Blvd., Charlotte, Rosa Parks, Murfreesboro and Lafayette, and Buena Vista Pike.

75% of pedestrian accident fatalities happen in Nashville at night, which also prompted Nashville’s Vision Zero Action Plan to address pedestrian accidents throughout the city.

How Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers can help victims injured by negligent drivers

Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys can help accident victims in a number of ways. Because pedestrian accidents often involve serious injuries, hiring an experienced injury attorney can make all the difference when pursuing compensation from a negligent party.

Personal injury cases can be complex and add more stress to an already difficult situation. When you hire an experienced Nashville personal injury attorney to handle your pedestrian injury claim, your attorney can help you through this time and ensure that you recover the compensation you deserve.

Services that our Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys provide include:

Legal Guidance: Our pedestrian accident lawyers provide victims with comprehensive legal guidance, explaining their rights and options under the law. They can help victims understand the complexities of personal injury claims and navigate the legal process.

Investigation: A Nashville pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm will conduct thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident. We gather evidence, interview witnesses, review police reports, and assess factors such as driver negligence, road conditions, and traffic signals to build a strong case.

Negotiation: Experienced pedestrian accident lawyers from our team negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of victims to ensure they receive fair compensation for their injuries, including medical bills and other medical expenses for future medical care related to the injury, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Litigation: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, we are prepared to take the case to court and argue on your behalf before a judge and jury to seek justice and fair compensation.

Support and Advocacy: Beyond legal representation, the Hughes & Coleman team offers compassionate support and advocacy for our clients throughout the recovery process so that victims can rebuild their lives after the traumatic experience of a pedestrian accident. We pride ourselves on exceptional communication throughout the process and our commitment to ensuring you receive every dollar you deserve.

Why choose the pedestrian accident lawyers at Hughes & Coleman


We’re open now and are always available to take your call and answer your questions – 24/7. Call us first for a free consultation at 800-800-4600.



It is our passion and commitment to help victims get the most money possible so that you can focus on your recovery. We have vast experience handling injury cases and serious injury cases and can ensure that you get the most money possible for what you need now and in the future.



We’ve won a number of awards, but the biggest award we receive as personal injury attorneys is helping our clients every day through difficult times and getting justice for the harm that has come to them by no fault of their own.



Recovering over a billion dollars doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years of experience and represents the successes our clients have received from trusting us with their cases.


If you have a question about your case or are wondering if you might have a case, give us a call. We are available 24/7 to help in every way we can.



Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means we only receive money for our legal services if a recovery is made on your behalf. You never pay out of pocket – ever.



For over three decades, we have fought for the rights of injured victims in Nashville. With Hughes & Coleman, you have a team of personal injury attorneys on your side who care, who know personal injury laws specific to Nashville and Tennessee, and can help you through this difficult time.

Types of damages victims can seek in a pedestrian accident claim

In Tennessee, uninsured and underinsured coverage is optional, but this coverage can be helpful if you are injured as a pedestrian by a driver who lacks insurance (uninsured motorist) or doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your injuries (underinsured motorist). This applies to hit-and-run drivers as well, since you wouldn’t have information about their insurance.

Assuming the driver followed the law and did stop to exchange information, their auto liability insurance includes medical coverage, and it may cover your medical expenses resulting from a pedestrian accident and potentially include compensation for other damages. However, it’s important to understand that pedestrian accidents can have long-term medical consequences, and more times than not, the initial settlement offer from the insurance company will not be sufficient and may require an injury attorney to negotiate a fair amount on your behalf.

Pedestrians who are injured by motor vehicle accidents or other forms of negligence can seek damages to compensate them financially for losses and suffering. When you file a claim, Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers from our firm will always aim to recover all of the damages available. Typically, damages are divided into three categories.

Economic Damages

The first is economic damages, which can be tied to a hard dollar amount. For example, a receipt, invoice for medical bills, physical therapy, property damage, or lost wages.

Non-Economic Damages

The second type of damages are called non-economic damages. Examples of non-economic damages would include items that are more subjective, such as pain and suffering, PTSD, emotional trauma or anxiety you’ve suffered, which may also potentially affect you long-term.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages may also be awarded if the actions of the wrongful party were grossly negligent or intentional.

An experienced attorney from our firm will be able to properly calculate all damages and incorporate them into your claim. If the insurance company refuses to settle for a fair amount, your attorney may recommend pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. Never settle with the insurance company before speaking with a qualified attorney for pedestrian accidents.

Tennessee’s comparative negligence law can impact how much money a pedestrian is entitled to pursue

Pedestrian accident victims also are required to act responsibly and with reasonable care. With this responsibility in mind, in pedestrian accident cases resulting in personal injuries or severe injuries, the victim’s ability to recover compensation may be influenced by Tennessee’s comparative negligence law.

This law allows the court to assign a percentage of fault to each party involved in the accident. If the pedestrian is found partially at fault for the accident, their compensation may be reduced proportionally to their degree of fault. For instance, if the pedestrian is deemed 20% at fault, their compensation would be reduced by 20%. Additionally, if the pedestrian is found to be 50% or more at fault, they lose the ability to seek any compensation for their damages.

Insurance companies will often use this law to their advantage and attempt to deny liability and a fair settlement payment. A personal injury lawyer’s job is to do everything possible to make sure that this doesn’t happen.

An experienced legal team can help reduce the percentage of fault an accident victim may have, ultimately maximizing their potential compensation and ensuring they recover the most possible for their injuries and losses.

The most common pedestrian injuries that Nashville personal injury attorneys help with

Serious injuries are unfortunately a common thing that a Nashville personal injury lawyer from our firm will routinely handle after pedestrian accidents. Our attorneys can help victims obtain compensation for a variety of pedestrian injuries from the at fault party, including:

Fractures and Broken Bones: Pedestrians often suffer fractures and broken bones, especially in collisions with vehicles or falls on uneven surfaces.

Soft Tissue Injuries: These injuries include sprains, strains, and contusions, which can result from the impact of a collision or from being thrown to the ground.

Head Injuries: Pedestrians involved in accidents may sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) or concussions, which can have long-term effects on cognitive function and overall well-being.

Spinal Cord Injuries: Severe accidents can cause paralysis or another permanent disability that require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Internal Injuries: Pedestrians may suffer internal injuries such as organ damage or internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.

Psychological Trauma: Being involved in a pedestrian accident can cause emotional distress, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), requiring psychological treatment and support.

Wrongful Death: In the most tragic cases, pedestrian accidents result in fatalities, leaving grieving families with the burden of funeral expenses and loss of financial support.

Common causes of pedestrian accidents and injuries

There are a variety of acts that can lead to a pedestrian accident claim. Some common causes that happen in Nashville include:

Distracted Driving

Motorists not paying attention to the road due to cellphone use, eating, or other distractions can fail to notice pedestrians crossing the street.

Failure to Yield

Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at crosswalks, intersections, or while making turns can lead to accidents.


Drivers exceeding speed limits may not have enough time to react to pedestrians crossing the road, increasing the likelihood of accidents and the severity of injuries.

Disobeying Traffic Signals

Ignoring traffic signals such as red lights or stop signs can lead to collisions with pedestrians who have the right-of-way.

Drunk Drivers

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs judgment and reaction time, significantly increasing the risk of striking pedestrians.

Poor Visibility

Low light conditions, bad weather, or obstructed views due to parked cars or vegetation can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, leading to accidents.


Pedestrians crossing the street outside designated crosswalks or against traffic signals put themselves at risk of being hit by vehicles.

Dangerous Property

Lack of sidewalks, poorly designed crosswalks, or insufficient lighting can contribute to slip and fall injuries and other types of pedestrian accidents under premises liability laws.

Whether your injuries were caused by a car accident or other type of negligence, an experienced attorney from our firm can help hold the negligent driver or property owner liable.

Client reviews and testimonials

"I had a very positive experience working with Hughes & Coleman. Communications were clear and response to questions were answered quickly. Everyone we talked to was friendly and understanding. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing with an injury claim!"

Traci S. - Nashville, TN

"I was standing outside of my vehicle trying to get luggage out of my trunk and another car pinned me there. If you ever are in need of an attorney please call Hughes and Coleman to assist you. They are amazing and hard working and dependable. You will not regret calling them."

Tracy P. Nashville, TN

"Hughes and Coleman is one if the best! They have helped me get through one of the toughest times in my life."

Alesia P. - Nashville, TN

Nashville pedestrian accident lawyer near you

Our Nashville office is located conveniently in downtown, just across the river from Nissan Stadium, and off of the James Robertson Parkway, adjacent to the Musicians Hall of Fame Museum.

We’re available 24/7 by phone and chat, or if you prefer, fill out a form and tell us about your situation. We’ll even come to you if necessary.

Call us today at 800-800-4600. Get it done.



Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers

446 James Robertson Pkwy #100, Nashville, TN 37219

(615) 255-9100

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We serve clients across Tennessee and Kentucky and we have several offices throughout both states. See all of our locations and contact us today.

Kentucky Locations


1256 Campbell Ln #201

Bowling Green, KY 42104

Phone: (270) 782-6000



2110 N Dixie Hwy #102

Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Phone: (270) 737-0640



5004 Poplar Level Rd

Louisville, KY 40219

Phone: (502) 585-4025



3618 Dixie Hwy

Louisville, KY 40216

Phone: (502) 585-4693



211 E New Circle Rd

Lexington, KY 40505

Phone: (859) 260-1722


Tennessee Locations


446 James Robertson Pkwy #100

Nashville, TN 37219

Phone: (615) 255-9100



1501 Memorial Blvd

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Phone: (615) 907-0687



323 N Riverside Dr #100

Clarksville, TN 37040

Phone: (931) 546-7200



622 W 7th St

Columbia, TN 38401

Phone: (931) 505-7040



126 W Eastland Ave

Gallatin, TN 37066

Phone: (615) 451-4288