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.
The amount of compensation awarded in a successful personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit varies depending on the circumstances. If a settlement cannot be reached between the parties, then a jury will determine how much should be awarded to the injured party. Juries take many factors into consideration when making this determination, including an individual's income, medical and funeral expenses, and pain and suffering. However, if a jury awards you significant compensation, that may not be the final determination.
Though the weather has started to turn cold, many Tennesseans continue to ride their motorcycles. Whether to get to work, school or social events, riding a bike can be relaxing, fun and cost effective. However, far too many Tennesseans are simply unaware of motorcycles, putting bike riders at extreme risk of injury or death. In a matter of seconds, what should have been a peaceful ride can turn into a nightmare.
Last week on the blog we discussed a recent car accident that left a Tennessee man dead. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are far too common in the Knoxville area and throughout Tennessee. Drunk, distracted, and otherwise negligent drivers plague our roads. And when you lose a loved one at the hands of one of these reckless motorists, you likely want justice.
As with any other type of lawsuit, certain elements must be satisfactorily shown in order to recover compensation during a wrongful death suit. Each element itself can be a complicated matter, requiring extensive evidence and testimony to settle legal issues. However, this post will hopefully help you better understand the basics of a wrongful death claim so that you can better assess your situation.
Though we spoke last week about the decreased rate in traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July, a recent car accident claimed the life of a Knoxville woman. The incident occurred in North Knoxville when a church bus from Indiana ran a red light and slammed into her car and a truck before stopping after hitting a CVS sign pole. Some believe the bus's brakes may have failed, rendering it unable to stop, but the accident remains under investigation and blood was drawn from the bus driver for purposes of looking for intoxicants. Police claim this is standard procedure when an individual is involved in a fatal accident.
There is some good news for Tennessee's motorists. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, this year recorded the least number of fatal car accidents on a Fourth of July weekend. Across the state, eight people died in fatal accidents, and only a single death was attributable to an alcohol-related crash. The number of deadly crashes is down this year compared to the same time last year, too, numbering at 468. Additionally, over the extended weekend, officers made 119 drunk driving arrests and issues more than 1,000 tickets for seat belt violations.
Driving on Tennessee's Interstates can be dangerous. Increased traffic and higher speed limits on these roadways can cause multiple-vehicle accidents that result in catastrophic injuries and death. These tragic accidents are even more likely to occur when motorists act negligently or distractedly behind the wheel. This includes being intoxicated, inattentive or disobeying traffic laws.
One person is dead after an accident on I-75. Reports indicate a wrong-way driver entered the interstate and caused a wreck that involved may have involved as many as four other vehicles. The victim's identity is unclear at this time, but in these types of crashes it is not uncommon for an unsuspecting motorist to be killed and for the errant driver to survive.
Almost all Tennesseans have experienced a flat tire at one time or another. Though they are often easy to change, the location where one sustains a flat tire can make the procedure more difficult and dangerous. However, so long as other motorists abide by their reasonable duty of care, those changing tires and dealing with other car issues along the roadside should remain safe.