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Lawsuits over Blount County derailment continue after settlement

Residents of Blount County who had to leave their homes and business owners forced to close their doors for a time after a train derailment in 2015 have reached a settlement with the railroad company, CSX. The settlement pays over $3.5 million in damages for medical bills and economic losses to those impacted by the derailment as well as to Blount County and the city of Maryville to compensate them for their expenses.

Knoxville man lucky to avoid serious injuries after accident


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.

Vehicle speeds and stopping distances


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.

If hurt in a car accident, is a legal settlement right for me?


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.

Judge rules noneconomic damages cap unconstitutional


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.

What is traumatic brain injury and how can it affect me?


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.

What is loss of consortium in a legal claim?


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.

Distracted driving remains a serious issue for motorists


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.

What is negligent entrustment and vicarious liability?


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.

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