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How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?

Tennessee state law delineates just how long you have to file a civil lawsuit. The timeframe differs depending on the type of claim. For example, a property damages claim has a longer statute of limitations than one for medical malpractice. For a personal injury lawsuit, like one filed after a car accident, the law says that a claim must be brought within one year. If you fail to file your lawsuit in that amount of time, you will forfeit your right to sue the individual who caused you harm.

Can I still file a lawsuit even if I was partially at fault?

Yes, depending on the circumstances. Very few car accidents are solely the fault of one individual. Therefore, when a car wreck victim files a lawsuit, he or she may also be accused of causing the accident. Therefore, to make the legal system as just as possible, Tennessee has adopted a modified comparative fault system.

Tennessee police seek to raise awareness of "move over" law

Most, if not all, of Tennessee's motorists have seen vehicles on the side of the road. In many instances, the stranded vehicle's driver and passengers are outside of the vehicle, trying to figure out what is wrong. In other cases, emergency personnel are on the side of the road, helping with accidents and immobilized vehicles and directing traffic. It is important for Tennessee's drivers to know that there is a "move over" law, requiring drivers to move to a far lane or at least significantly slow down if emergency personnel are on the side of the road.

Stranded motorist injured in Knoxville car wreck

Almost everyone has experienced car trouble at one time or another. Whether it's a flat tire, an empty gas tank, or engine trouble, Tennesseans often find themselves stranded on the roadside. As if these situations' annoyance is not enough, they can also be extremely dangerous. Speeding cars can pass mere inches away from an unprotected individual who is working on his or her car and, in some cases, these stranded individuals are struck.

Car wreck leaves Knoxville police officer with injuries

Many of Knoxville's residents drive as part of their employment. Whether one is a delivery driver, an emergency services employee, or a transportation services employee, driving from place-to-place may be integral part of their everyday activities. Yet, these employees are not immune to other negligent motorists who may be present on the road. Though an employee who is injured in a car accident while on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation, the money received from this insurance may not be enough. If this is the case, then an injured worker may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who harmed him or her.

Simulators seek to reduce distracted driving amongst teens

There are countless things that can distract an individual behind the wheel. Cell phones, food, obstacles in the street, signs and passengers can all take a motorist's attention off the road and his or her surroundings. As a result, distracted motorists often cause serious injurious or even a fatal car wreck. Though all age groups are guilty of driving while distracted, some are taking steps to keep young drivers attentive.

Percent of older drivers in wrecks decreases

Many Tennessee drivers may fear certain drivers. Of course we all fear intoxicated drivers, but some feel young motorists' inexperience poses dangers while others think older drivers' raise risks. A new study has positive news, and it may allay some of these concerns.

Second leading cause of traumatic brain injury: car crashes

Brain injuries have been in the spotlight over the last year or so, mainly focused on sports-related injuries. Yet, second only to falls, car accidents cause a large portion of brain injuries, many of which are traumatic. These injuries can leave victims incapacitated, often forcing them to relearn how to walk, talk and perform other seemingly minor tasks.

New class seeks to prevent teen distracted driving in Tennessee

There are many things to distract Tennessee drivers from the road. Eating, texting, reading, talking and tuning a radio can all cause significant distraction. While many of these activities have become commonplace while driving, they should not be. In fact, the seemingly simple act of eating while driving or texting and driving can cause a serious, even fatal car wreck.

Bicycle rider injured in Knoxville accident

Knoxville, like any other city, should be a safe place for people to ride their bikes. And many in Knoxville do ride their bikes. Some ride for joy while others use it as their sole mode of transportations. Though biking should be just as safe as driving a car, it often is not, as a distracted or negligent driver can cause a serious car wreck in a matter of moments. A seemingly minor bump that may cause minimal damage to another vehicle can decimate a bike, severely injuring or even killing its rider.

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