Pryor Priest & HarberPryor, Priest, Harber, Floyd & Coffey
Speak with one our attorneys today for a Free Consultation.

Boy suffers TBI in car accident while bicycling: driver fined

Car accidents can occur in any situation and can cause any amount of harm to someone. Earlier this year a young boy was struck by a vehicle while he was riding his bicycle and his life is forever changed. The accident is causing much uproar as the friends and family of the young boy believe his medical condition as a result of this accident wasn't regarded with the amount of consideration it deserved. Tennessee residents may have heard of this case, wherein community members of the boy's state are now petitioning their governor to rethink how it sees such accidents.

This car accident has caused the young boy, an eighth grader, to deal with a traumatic brain injury for the rest of his life as well as losing most of his mobility in his limbs, cognitive response and communication skills. He remains alive, however, he is unable to do much, if anything on his own. His parents' journey after his accident has cost them over $1 million worth of medical expenses, the mother's job, and now they must face the decision about how to proceed with their son's condition. The boy's mother explains that her son's life is ongoing physically, yet he is not able to function other than that and has begun preparing for whatever comes next.

This accident has garnered a lot of attention not just from the community around this family, but many people in the state and area have signed a petition to reevaluate the traffic laws surrounding pedestrian and bicycle crashes. A woman close to the family notes that the penalties for hitting construction workers can be up to fourteen years in prison and a substantial fine, larger than the $1,000 and no jail sentence that was required of the driver in this case.

While the ability to petition remains an option for a Colorado citizen, it cannot always fix the situations that have already occurred. For victims of car accidents that have changed a life similar to this young boy's, contacting legal counsel might be able to help with the added stress of the financial burden as you begin to move forward. Understanding your options regarding medical care, insurance, and compensation may make this difficult time a little easier.

Source: The Chicago Tribune, "Parents, friends of disabled Downers Grove teen petition to change traffic law," Dawn Rhodes, Nov. 2, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
    Badge Super Lawyers Timothy Badge Super Lawyers Adam Badge Super Lawyers John Badge Super Lawyers Robert Badge Super Lawyers Stephen Badge American Association for Justice
    Badge ABA Badge AV Peer Review Rated Badge NACDL Badge TACDL Badge Tennessee Association for Justice Badge Tennessee Bar Association
Email Us For A Response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Our Office

Pryor Priest & Harber
625 S. Gay Street, Suite 600
Two Centre Square
Knoxville, TN 37902

Toll Free: 888-778-8095
Phone: 865-223-6303
Fax: 865-522-0910
Knoxville Law Office Map