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Laws Applicable to Pedestrians in Tennessee

May 12, 2020

Tennessee Pedestrian Laws

Title 55 of the Tennessee Code contains laws applicable to pedestrians in the state. Pedestrian laws span an array of issues, such as right-of-way, crosswalks, pedestrian crossings, intersections, and traffic signals.

At driveways and intersections in Tennessee, pedestrians have the right-of-way. If a pedestrian is crossing a roadway outside of a crosswalk or intersection, oncoming motorists have the right-of-way, and the pedestrian will need to wait until it is clear to cross. 

Both motorists and pedestrians have a legal obligation to use reasonable care to avoid an accident. For motorists, this means using caution, paying attention to the road, obeying posted speed limits, and alerting inattentive pedestrians by honking the horn. For pedestrians, this means using sidewalks, using crosswalks when available, obeying crossing signals, and yielding when crossing at points other than intersections. 

Tennessee Comparative Negligence

Tennessee recognizes the rule of modified comparative negligence, which sometimes applies in pedestrian accident cases. If a pedestrian is found partially at fault for his injuries, he can still recover compensation, but his recovery will be reduced by his percentage of fault, up to 50 percent. If the pedestrian is found 50 percent or more at fault for his injuries, he will not be able to recover compensation. 

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