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.
Last week, our blog post discussed how to recover compensation in a drunk driving lawsuit. In these instances, it is crucial to show that the defendant was intoxicated. Though it may seem like an easy feat, it is, in many cases, no easy task. Therefore, to have a chance to succeed on a legal claim against a drunk driver, and to have a chance to recover the compensation needed to find financial stability, an auto accident victim often must seek the assistance of an experienced, diligent, and skilled attorney.
It is a sad reality that many Tennesseans, while in a state of intoxication, choose to climb behind the wheel of a vehicle. These motorists pose a threat not only to themselves, but also to other drivers around them. These drunk drivers can cause a tragic accident in a matter of seconds, whether by swerving, speeding or failing to yield. When one of these wrecks occurs, a victim can be left with serious damages in the form of physical, emotional and financial losses.
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.
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?
Our law firm has devoted itself to helping Tennesseans who have been injured in car accidents. While we spend a lot of time talking about distracted driving accidents and what steps are necessary to recover compensation in such an incident, Knoxville residents should be aware of the prevalence of drunk driving.
The drunk drivers on Tennessee's roadways, including Knoxville's, pose a threat to all, even school children. This can be seen by a recent accident in Knoxville where a drunk driver crashed into an SUV, then crossed a median and slammed into the driver's side of a school bus. The bus had about 45 students onboard when the wreck occurred, and six of them were taken to the hospital with injuries. The driver of the SUV was also taken to the hospital. The errant driver was taken into custody for charges that include DUI second offense, driving with a revoked license, and following a vehicle too closely.
Tennessee and Knoxville in particular, is supposed to be pedestrian friendly. Unfortunately, though, pedestrians are often hit by motorists, leaving them wounded. All too often these victims die from their injuries. Though some try to blame pedestrians for being unaware of fast moving traffic, motorists are often the ones who are inattentive and unaware of pedestrians.
Unfortunately, some Tennessee drivers think they can have a few drinks, climb behind the wheel and safely drive to their destination. However, all too often this behavior leads to a catastrophic drunk driving accident. Innocent individuals can suffer serious injuries or die as a result of such reckless driving. One of these sad instances occurred recently, and Knoxville residents should note what can be done if they find themselves a victim of a car accident.
No matter what type of vehicle one drives, a drunk driver can put them in danger of serious injuries or death. Yet, while a drunk driving accident between two or more vehicles can be disastrous, there may be another type of drunk driving accident that can increase the risk of physical harm: one involving a pedestrian.