Driving requires a motorist's full attention at all times. Even taking one's eyes off the road for a fraction of a second can result in serious consequences. The driver's car may veer into oncoming traffic, be unable to stop when the vehicles in front of it brake or speed through a stop sign or red light. This means that one split second of distraction can cause a devastating car accident that leaves individuals with serious injuries.
Many factors can contribute to a car crash. A driver may be drunk, using a cellphone, eating, or fatigued while behind the wheel. The presence of any of these factors can spell trouble for other motorists. A drunk driver can swerve into oncoming traffic, a fatigued driver can fall asleep and rear-end the car in front of him, and a texting driver may fail to yield to a pedestrian. However, one of the most common factors related to car accidents is speeding. To get a better grasp of just how dangerous speeding can be, it might be helpful to look at stopping distances given certain speeds.
There are many types of injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. Some of these injuries are minor and may not really affect your everyday life. Others, though, are quite serious and could leave you or a loved one in extreme pain, physically disabled, and incapable of living what was once considered a normal life. One type of harm that can drastically impact your life is a severe traumatic brain injury.
This blog frequently discusses the types of damages that can be caused by a car crash, including the physical, emotional and financial toll such an accident can take. While car wreck victims may struggle to reclaim their health, they might also struggle with their bills, many times thanks in no small part to medical expenses and lost wages. However, there are intangible losses that one may never fully be able to reclaim. For these losses, compensation may still be recoverable.
It is a sad reality that many Tennesseans die each year in car accidents. In fact, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, more than 950 individuals died on our state's roads in fatal accidents in 2014. Nearly 21 percent of these wrecks were alcohol-related even though more than 8,000 DUI arrests occurred in 2014, up significantly over arrests made in 2013. These numbers are staggering, and similar 2012 data put Tennessee 11th on the list of states with the most traffic fatalities per miles traveled by vehicle.
If you have been injured in a car accident, then you may have suffered whiplash. Whiplash is one of the most common car wreck injuries, and can wreak havoc on your well-being. This type of injury is typically caused when a car is rear-ended, forcing your head to snap back and forth. This violent motion can hyperextend, strain, or sprain your cervical joints, causing neck stiffness, sharp pain, neck and back problems, and, potentially, cognitive setbacks.
As we discussed last week on the blog, distracted driving remains a serious problem plaguing the streets of Knoxville, Tennessee, and America. A driver who is talking on the phone, texting, operating a GPS, eating, or looking for something within the cabin of his or her vehicle can quickly turn a routine drive into a living nightmare. He or she could cross the center line, fail to stop at a stop sign, or fail to brake in time, resulting in a tragic car accident.
Technology has come a long way in the past twenty years. Cell phones and GPS alone have revolutionized the way we communicate and travel. However, despite the advantages emerging technologies may bring us, they often also carry multiple disadvantages that could leave us or others injured. One prominent example can be seen in distracted driving.
When you are injured in a car accident, you may be subjected to extensive physical pain and suffering. However, in the aftermath of the incident, you might also find yourself struggling to pay your medical and other bills, especially if you are forced to miss work and therefore lose wages. Thus, it often becomes imperative for car accident victims to do everything they can to ensure they recover the fullest compensation possible from those who may be held liable.
Those who find themselves in a drunk driving accident often suffer serious injuries. Victims can be left physically debilitated, emotionally wrecked, and financially devastated. It can take years, sometimes even decades to recover from these losses. In some instances, victims are never able to fully recover. If you have been hurt in one of these accidents, one way you can help ensure you reach as full a recovery as possible is to try to recover as much compensation as possible from the negligent parties who harmed you. But who are those parties?