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.
Last week we discussed the stopping distances needed for a semi-truck to come to a stop and how they can come into play in a truck accident. Unfortunately, the distance needed for a big rig to stop is significant, meaning that other motorists might be put at risk of harm. Making matters worse, these distances can be drastically longer depending on several factors, such as a trucker's lack of attention, intoxication, or a truck's poor maintenance.
Accepting a legal settlement is no small thing. In fact, when you agree to a legal settlement you are saying that you promise not to bring a legal claim against the defending party in exchange for compensation. Though this compensation might help cover your medical expenses and lost wages, it also means that you cannot sue them in the future for harms relating to the accident that was settled.
Commercial vehicles pose a significant threat to Tennessee's motorists. A trucker may be suffering from fatigue, be intoxicated, or be inattentive behind the wheel. While these are certainly very dangerous circumstances, semi-trucks can also pose a risk if they have been improperly maintained, failed an inspection, or are being driven without being inspected. In any of these cases, a truck crash can cause serious injuries, leaving victims facing harsh physical, emotional, and financial burdens.
When Tennesseans are injured in a car crash caused by a negligent driver, they often hope to recover their economic losses through a personal injury lawsuit. These damages often include medical expenses and lost wages. While recovering those losses is certainly beneficial, many accident victims also hope to recover compensation for their noneconomic injuries, such as pain and suffering. However, a 2011 Tennessee law capped noneconomic damages at $750,000, which may not be enough for those tragically injured in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident.
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.
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.
This blog often discusses truck accidents and the serious harm that can be caused to unsuspecting motorists. These victims can suffer extensive physical injuries, traumatizing emotional turmoil and significant financial loss. In fact, about 5,000 individuals are killed and nearly 150,000 more are injured by these wrecks. While these facts are certainly worth talking about, it is also important to discuss why preventable truck crashes happen and what can be done to stop them.