Visitors continue to flock to Nashville for business, entertainment, and personal reasons, and the most recent statistics on tourism are proof that the city is a popular tourist destination. TheNashville Convention and Visitors Corp. (NCVC) reports that more than 14.4 million people visit annually, investing up to $7.6 billion in the local economy. This amounts to approximately $286 per visitor every day, as they spend their money to enjoy nightlife and concerts on Broadway St., history at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Nashville hot chicken at the numerous eateries around town.
However, the influx of visitors to Music City does increase the potential for accidents of all kinds. Tourists tend to be vulnerable in unfamiliar cities, even those who have visited many times. It is essential to have legal support if you are hurt, and aNashville tourism accident lawyer can assist with remedies once you return home. Some background information is also useful for understanding the risks.
Visitors to Nashville are affected by many of the same threats as they are at home, but there are some unique factors that contribute to tourism accidents. For instance:
- Downtown Nashville sees heavy traffic, which can be challenging when visitors are also trying to navigate unfamiliar streets. Vehicle collisions are a leading cause of tourist injuries.
- Many people want to see Music City in a leisurely fashion, often renting bicycles to tour the historical areas, hot spots, and other attractions. Bike riders are at risk of collisions when sharing the road with motorized vehicles.
- Walking in Nashville is also a popular activity, putting pedestrians at risk of accidents caused by negligent drivers.
- Slips and falls are also a threat when owners of bars, restaurants, and stores do not exercise proper care in maintaining the premises.
- Though Nashville is one of the safest cities in the US compared to other urban areas, criminal activity is present in some areas. Property owners, including operators of hotels, office buildings, and nightclubs, are required to implement appropriate security measures.
The personal injury laws of Tennessee are very similar to those of your home state, so you do have legal options if you were injured or lost a loved one. You can recover damages if you can prove that the tourism accident occurred because the at-fault party failed to exercise reasonable care. Compensation in these cases is intended to cover victims’ losses, such as:
- Medical costs for treatment;
- Lost wages, if you were unable to work because of your injuries;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional anguish; and,
- Other losses that affect your quality of life.
Being involved in an accident is overwhelming, especially for visitors. Our team at Bednarz Law regularly represents victims from out of state, so we are ready to pursue all available remedies. For personalized details, please call 615-256-0100 or go online to schedule a free consultation with a skilled Tennessee tourism accident lawyer.