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.
A recent motorcycle crash left a young Tennessean dead. According to reports, the 22-year-old was riding on a dirt bike when a 16-year old rider, also on a dirt bike, crossed the center line and struck him head on. Neither rider was wearing a helmet. The 16-year-oldwas airlifted to the hospital and he is now awaiting criminal charges. Authorities say they will perform tests to determine if intoxication played a role in the wreck.
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.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, then you know just how extensive the resulting injuries can be. As discussed last week, you might suffer from road rash, but you could also suffer broken bones or a head injury, which could leave you permanently disabled. The extent of your harm doesn't end there. Financial losses in the form of medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages can leave you strained, stressed, and fearful for your future.
As the Tennessee weather warms and more and more motorcyclists take to the streets, riders need to be aware of the risks they could face. Inattentive, speeding, intoxicated, and otherwise negligent and reckless motorists can slam into a motorcycle, causing its rider to suffer serious injuries. Though some of these injuries have previously been discussed on the blog, we wanted to take a moment to discuss one of the most common: road rash.
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.
Last week, we discussed wrongful death recoveries and how they may be modified by the court. While this is certainly important information to know, there is a lot of work that must be done before a surviving family can get to that point. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident caused by a negligent driver, then you know how hard it can be to even think about the legal process. You are likely busy mourning your loss and making plans for your future.
With spring fast approaching, more Tennesseans may find themselves taking to the roads on motorcycles. This cost-effective mode of transportation can be fun, but it can also be dangerous, particularly when other motorists fail to be aware of motorcyclists. Since motorcycles do not provide the safety features found in cars and trucks, what might otherwise be a minor accident can be deadly. Tragically, one Knoxville resident was recently killed in such a motorcycle accident.
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.