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Truck accident cases and vehicle accident attorneys

In the last month, this Tennessee vehicle accident and personal injury legal blog has offered several posts that have explained why and why not truck accident victims may wish to settle their legal claims against the party or parties that caused their harm. A settlement may resolve a legal matter quickly, but often victims have to release all of their future claims against the defendants they name in order to receive the compensation they agree to settle for. Settlements can serve some victims' interests, while others may do well to litigate their claims.

Since truck accident settlements can help some and may work to the detriment of others, how are victims to know what to do? As they recover from their injuries they may feel pressured to make decisions about their legal rights from the parties whose negligence led to their involvement in dangerous truck accidents. They may be uncertain of whether their claims are strong enough to litigate in civil court.

How common are motorcycle accidents?

Accidents between motorcycles and larger vehicles are not uncommon. In Tennessee and other states throughout the nation, collisions between motorcycles and cars, trucks and vans create pain and suffering for those victims who are affected. This post will examine some key statistics related to American motorcycle accidents that show just how common and deadly they can be.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 88,000 motorcyclists were hurt in vehicle accidents during the 2013 calendar year. Some 4,668 motorcyclists died in vehicle accidents during that same period of time and per mile traveled motorcyclists were 26 times more likely to die in vehicle crashes than individuals in passenger-styled vehicles.

There may be advantages to settling your truck accident case

Last week, this Tennessee vehicle accident and personal injury legal blog offered its readers several reasons why it may not be to their advantage to settle their pending claims after a truck or commercial vehicle collision. This week's post will offer readers several reasons why settlements may be advantageous for those initiating truck accident cases. As wilh all discussions about litigation, though, readers are encouraged to consider discussing their cases with their attorneys to best determine if settlement may be a good option for them.

As mentioned in last week's post, a settlement ends or precludes litigation on a dispute, and generally cuts off a victim's right to pursue further legal action against the parties that caused the harm. From a financial perspective, settlement may be a good choice if a victim is wary of enduring a potentially long and expensive lawsuit. Once negotiated, a settlement is signed and accepted so that it may be enforced and the parties may move forward with their lives.

What disadvantages are there to settling a truck accident claim?

When people become the victims of injury-causing accidents they generally hold the rights to sue the party or parties that caused their harm and pursue compensation from them for the losses they sustained as a result of the incident. In Tennessee, individuals initiate personal injury legal claims for a myriad of reasons, many of which stem from losses incurred from vehicle accidents. This post is going to focus primarily on truck accidents and one way that a defendant in such a case may try to prevent a plaintiff from fully exercising their legal rights to try their case in court.

As the victim of a truck accident, a person may have many possible defendants to include in a pleading. The suit may name the driver of the truck as well as the company or entity that owned the truck. It may also name the company or entity that caused the truck to be on the road and any other individuals or entities that may have contributed to the harm that the victim experienced. Trying a big case such as this can be lengthy and expensive, so in some cases, parties may push to settle the case out of court.

Accidents between cars and bikes are common and can be deadly

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015 more than 1,000 American bicyclists died while on their bikes, and more than 450,000 individuals suffered bike-related injuries during that same year. These devastating numbers illustrate the fact that cycling on roads in Tennessee and other states throughout the nation can be dangerous, especially when the drivers of bigger modes of transportation like cars and trucks fail to take notice of the bicyclists with whom they must share the roadways.

Bicycles and their riders can be lost to the vision of drivers of motor vehicles when drivers fail to check their blind spots, don't drive carefully, or make untimely lane changes. A lapse in careful driving, or an act of negligence while operating a motor vehicle can be a deadly occurrence for a bicyclist who is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and can result in life-threatening injuries to the person whose bicycle was struck.

Costner & Greene represent drunk driving accident victims

Booze. Sauce. Liquid courage. There are a variety of names that can be used when one discusses alcohol. Adults throughout Tennessee regularly consume alcohol in a responsible manner and make good choices when it comes to driving after imbibing. However, from time to time individuals fail to recognize their levels of intoxication and decide to drive when their drunkenness will prevent them from safely doing so.

Drunk driving often spikes during holidays like the Fourth of July, when people are more likely to be off from work and have the time to attend celebrations away from their homes that may include alcoholic beverages. Their celebratory attitudes and general good cheer may cloud their judgment about their capacities to safely drive, and may result in them causing serious drunk driving accidents when they operate their motor vehicles.

Tennessee father dies in fatal motorcycle accident

Running late happens when people aren't planning on it. Despite their best intentions, they may discover that they are leaving home after they intended to and that they will not be able to make it to their destinations when they need to, without hurrying or finding ways to speed up their travels. When driving, some motorists speed, disobey traffic signs, and use unsafe driving habits to rush through their commutes so that they are not late, or simply because they are distracted by things other than their driving responsibilities.

Engaging in these careless driving behaviors, though, can be very dangerous and can result in damaging vehicle accidents. Not long ago, a father of three was riding on his motorcycle in Nashville when the driver of a pick-up rolled through a stop sign at an intersection and crashed into him. The victim suffered serious injuries, and after a week in the hospital, died as a result of the trauma he suffered in the motorcycle accident.

Highway collision sends multiple individuals to the hospital

A dangerous situation recently occurred on Interstate 40 in Putnam County. A driver pulled his sport utility vehicle off of the main highway and into the emergency vehicle lane. He exited his automobile on the SUV's passenger side. The reason for his exit from his vehicle is unknown.

While the driver of the SUV was out of his vehicle a truck traveling on I-40 crossed the center line of the highway and collided with the parked SUV. The truck rear-ended the SUV and the impact of the collision caused the driver of the SUV and the driver of the truck to suffer serious injuries.

What to do when accused of fault in a car accident

Lawsuits based on the negligent and reckless acts of others often turn on the facts that existed at the time the accidents occurred. As such, a Tennessee resident who finds themselves embattled in a disagreement with another party over who was at fault for a vehicle collision can easily become frustrated if they cannot convince the other of their errors. In cases such as this car accidents victims can benefit from the support and advocacy of personal injury attorneys who fight for their clients' rights.

Personal injury lawyers can help their clients engage in the legal process of discovery to learn more about what happened during their crashes and what evidence exists to support their claims. There are three types of discovery that individuals usually use during their cases and each can provide opposing parties with needed data and information.

Tennessee truck accident sends two to the hospital

Large commercial vehicles such as semis, tankers and other big rigs often require their drivers to hold special licenses in order to legally operate them. This is because large trucks do not handle in the same manner as smaller personal vehicles. As Tennessee residents may have noticed when on the road with big vehicles, those large automobiles can take longer to stop, longer to turn and require more space to maneuver.

Because of their massive lengths and weights big trucks can pose dangers to other vehicles that must share the roads with them. Recently in the state two individuals were hurt in what authorities believe to have been an accident with a large truck. The incident happened on Interstate 40 and resulted in an adult and a child being sent to regional hospitals with critical injuries.

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