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Some people may like to ride in the back of a pickup truck for fun, but this can lead to injuries if a person is thrown or ejected from the truck bed. Each state has its own rules when it comes to truck bed passengers. In Tennessee, no child under the age of six years old may ride in the back of a pickup truck. Tennessee law also states that no minor under 12 years old is allowed to ride in a truck bed when the vehicle is traveling on an interstate or a highway. Those passengers who are older than the age of 12 are able to legally ride in the truck bed. However, if they are ejected and injured in a car accident, they can seek compensation from the at-fault driver.

What Can Cause a Passenger to Be Ejected From a Truck Bed?

Since there are no seat belts installed in pickup truck beds, it is more dangerous to ride in this area of the truck, especially in certain road conditions. A collision does not need to happen in order for someone to be thrown from a truck bed.

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Jacksboro, TN auto accident lawyer

Drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road and travel safely. With so many vehicles on the highways, everyone needs to be especially mindful when they change lanes. Whatever the reason for lane changing, a driver should check their side and rearview mirrors and wait until it is clear to move over. If the motorist does not do so, a sudden lane change can cause a collision with another car. Depending on the speed at which the crash happened, the accident could result in serious injuries to the drivers and passengers involved. 

Types of Injuries That Can Result from Lane Change Collisions

Depending on the rate of speed that both vehicles are traveling, there can be severe damage and injury caused by a lane change. Damage to the vehicles includes front-end bumper dents, damage to side doors and mirrors, and rear-end bumper and frame distortions.

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Campbell County, TN car accident lawyer drowsy driving

Roads and highways can be dangerous places, whether someone is driving for work, for pleasure, or as part of their daily routine. The large number of automobiles on the road increases the risk of car accidents, and one of the primary factors that can lead to deadly collisions is fatigued driving. Truck drivers should especially be careful of driving while tired, since they are often on the road for long hours and during overnight shifts. If a vehicle collides with a larger vehicle like a truck, the results can be catastrophic.

According to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, fatigued driving results in 1.2 million crashes and over 5,000 fatalities every year. Victims of car accidents involving fatigued drivers may be entitled to receive financial compensation for their damages.

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According to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, every 34 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a car accident. Each state in the country has its own specific laws regarding child safety when traveling in a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the most appropriate safety restraint system to use to keep their child as safe as possible.

Tennessee’s Child Restraint law has clear rules for how a child should be secured at every age. A car accident can cause catastrophic injuries to a child, and that is why it is mandatory in every state for children under the age of 16 to be securely fastened while riding in a vehicle. If your child is injured in an auto accident, a skilled personal injury lawyer can advise you on steps for taking legal action against a negligent driver or manufacturer.   

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In the state of Tennessee, there were more than 497,000 reported motor vehicle collisions throughout 2017, including over 30,000 in which at least one passenger suffered injuries. Tragically, more than 1,000 people ultimately died due to injuries suffered in car accidents, statewide. 

If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision, the related expenses, including vehicle damage, loss of work hours, and medical bills, can be significant. After being involved in a car accident, the first step is to check the medical condition of all passengers and to seek medical treatment for any injuries suffered. It is important to act quickly after an accident to help your chances of securing financial compensation for your injuries.

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Here in the United States, rear-end collisions occur more frequently than any other type of collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end crashes make up approximately 29 percent of all annual car accidents. In many of these instances, rear-end collisions cause severe injuries, ranging from whiplash to brain trauma and spinal cord damage. These types of injuries often come with significant medical bills and potential loss of work hours. Due to the monetary ramifications of a rear-end collision, it is important to secure injury compensation. Below we will explore the steps you need to take so you receive the financial compensation you deserve. 

Establishing Accident Liability

For a successful personal injury claim, it must be established that another driver was responsible for the collision. In the vast majority of rear-end collisions, the negligent party is the rear-vehicle driver. The most common form of negligence leading to a rear-end collision is driver inattention. Distracted driving is prevalent these days, especially texting while driving. Driver inattention can also be a result of fatigued driving or driving under the influence of alcohol. In any case, the odds of a rear-end wreck also increase if a driver maintains an unsafe following distance (tailgating).

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On April 4, an elderly man and his passenger were both fatally injured in a car crash on Tennessee’s State Highway 128. The car accident served as a reminder of the risks that elderly drivers can face and present when they get behind the wheel of a car. According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 290,000 elderly Americans were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2016, while 7,400 proved fatal. 

Elderly Driver Accidents

An average of 20 elderly Americans are killed each day in car crashes. In many cases, car accidents caused by elderly drivers can be prevented with intervention from close family members.

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Here in the state of Tennessee, car accidents are common statewide. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, approximately 500,000 car accidents occurred in Tennessee throughout 2016. In many of these collisions, a serious injury occurred. 

After a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, it is common to feel helpless when you suffer a severe injury. It is important to act quickly in the aftermath of an accident. If you or a member of your family are injured in a motor vehicle collision, seek skilled legal guidance immediately. 

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In Tennessee, serious motor vehicle collisions are common throughout the state. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, over 208,000 motor vehicle collisions occurred statewide throughout 2018 alone. More than 23 percent of those car accidents resulted in injuries that required immediate medical attention. In all, 48,031 travelers were injured in car accidents in 2018. Tragically, nearly 1,000 people ultimately passed away due to the impact of the collision. 

Below, we will explore the factors in many traffic collisions and injuries, and how you can increase your safety. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision, contact a legal professional right away. 

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Campbell County pedestrian accident lawyer

With the sun out and temperatures beginning to rise, more and more pedestrians will be outdoors. Unfortunately, thousands of pedestrians are seriously injured or killed in traffic collisions throughout the United States each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 5,400 U.S. pedestrians were killed after being struck by motor vehicles during a recent 12-month period. If you or a loved one are injured after being struck by a motor vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. 

Remaining Safe as a Pedestrian

Approximately 129,000 pedestrians are treated annually in U.S. emergency rooms after being struck by automobiles. In many cases, there is nothing a pedestrian can do to avoid a collision. Other accidents are preventable. Here are some safety tips you may want to consider the next time you go for a walk. 

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On the night of February 20, a 30-year-old woman was fatally injured when her vehicle traveled off-road and collided with a tree. The accident, which took place on Shelby County’s Morning Sun Road, occurred around 11 p.m. By the time first responders arrived at the scene, the lone passenger was already dead. 

Driving at night can come with increased risks due to decreased vision and driver fatigue. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision due to another driver’s negligence, it is important to seek skilled legal representation as soon as possible.

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On February 6, six motorists were injured due to one driver’s failure to stop at a stop sign on Tennessee’s Highway 160. The 20-year-old driver was fatally injured after colliding with a truck. The initial impact led the young driver veer into the oncoming traffic, where they collided with a third vehicle. The tragic accident is a reminder of how important adherence to traffic laws can be. 

Failure to stop accidents are a growing crisis across the country, in large part due to the increased use of cell phones while driving. Reckless drivers continue to endanger other travelers by disregarding yield signs and traffic signals and failing to stop at marked stop signs

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Campbell County Wrongful Death Lawyer

In 2017, more than 34,000 Americans lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions across the country. For family members of those victims, coping with the loss of a loved one is a traumatic and emotional process unlike any other. 

In a large number of these cases, collisions are caused by the negligent and reckless actions of another driver. If your family member was fatally injured in a motor vehicle collision, your family deserves skilled legal representation that can hold negligent parties accountable.

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Jacksboro, TN reckless driving accident lawyerOn January 1, 2019, four Nashville teens were injured when an 18 year old man crashed his car into a tree. After the collision, the driver and passengers were rushed to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Tragically, the driver suffered fatal injuries. 

Metro Nashville Police identified the cause of the accident as reckless driving. This form of driver negligence, which endangers all drivers on the road, encompasses a variety of activities, and it is important to be able to identify these behaviors. Understanding the dangers of reckless driving can help you avoid a dangerous motor vehicle collision

Common Forms of Reckless Driving

Every year, thousands of Americans are fatally injured due to the negligent actions of reckless drivers. As a driver, you can increase your safety if you can accurately recognize forms of reckless driving, including: 

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Campbell County failure to stop car accident lawyerEvery year, approximately six million car accidents occur throughout the United States. According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a shocking 15,786 motor vehicle collisions occur every single day nationwide. Many of these accidents are caused by negligent and reckless driving. 

It should come as no surprise that a large percentage of motor vehicle collisions occur at intersections. If you or a loved one are injured in an automobile accident, and you believe the accident was caused by another driver’s failure to stop, a personal injury attorney can help you demonstrate fault for the accident and pursue compensation for your injuries. 

Stop Sign Intersection Accidents Nationwide

Stop signs are designed to protect drivers throughout the United States by ensuring that drivers navigate intersections safely. A driver’s failure to obey stop signs or comply with the traffic laws can result in serious injury and even death. Extensive research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) concluded that approximately one third of all intersection collisions occur at stop sign intersections. In all, about 700,000 stop sign accidents occur each year in the United States. Unsurprisingly, failure to stop accidents account for 40% of all intersection fatalities. 

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Campbell County head on car accident lawyerOn December 5th, 2018, a Tennessee driver was fatally injured when their vehicle collided with another vehicle head-on. The accident occurred in Columbia, and it reminded every Tennessean of the inherent dangers of head-on collisions. Even at low speeds, head-on crashes can cause severe and even fatal injuries. If you or a family member is injured in a head-on collision or another type of motor vehicle accident, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney that you can trust. 

Common Causes of Head-On Collisions 

Head-on collisions are among the most deadly forms of vehicular collisions, and they cause hundreds of fatal injuries on an annual basis. Unlike rear-end collisions and other types of car crashes, which are routinely caused by accidental oversight, head-on collisions usually occur because of overt driver negligence. Listed below are the most common forms of negligence that lead to head-on collisions:

  • Drunk Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating drugs causes thousands of fatal car accidents each year throughout the United States. Drunk driving can impact a driver’s cognition and limit their ability to operate their vehicle responsibly. Throughout the state of Tennessee, more than 3,400 people were killed due to drunk driving between 2003 and 2012. 
  • Distracted Driving: Driving without one’s full attention on the road is the most common cause of head-on collisions. The most dangerous forms of distracted driving are cell-phone use and eating and drinking while driving. Every single day, approximately nine Americans are killed due to distracted driving. 
  • Reckless Passing: Passing other vehicles unsafely is one of the most common forms of aggressive driving. Passing in no-passing zones or passing without properly evaluating the lane of oncoming traffic can lead to dangerous head-on collisions. While reckless passing is rarely talked about, this type of overt negligence can come with fatal ramifications.

Meet With a Campbell County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been involved in a head-on collision, contacting a qualified legal team can make all the difference as you and your family recover in the aftermath of the injury. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our number one goal is to protect each and every one of our clients. Head-on collisions can lead to severe injuries, and they are usually caused by driver error. Our legal team can demonstrate that your injuries were the direct result of a driver’s negligence, working to ensure that you and your family receive the post-injury compensation that you deserve. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a Jacksboro, TN car accident attorney, call us today at 423-449-7980. 

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Jacksboro car accident lawyer seat beltA 22-year-old driver was fatally injured this past Thanksgiving when her car collided with a tree in Anderson County. The accident occurred when the driver lost control of her vehicle, swerved off the road, and ultimately hit the tree. While the Tennessee State Patrol has stated that alcohol and drugs did not play a role in the fatal crash, the driver did make one mistake: she was incorrectly wearing her seat belt. Every year, approximately 32,000 people are killed in motor vehicle collisions throughout the United States. A large number of those who are fatally injured neglected to wear their seat belts. 

Seat Belts Save Lives 

While the traffic fatality rate throughout the United States may seem alarmingly high, the number of fatal injuries would be much higher without the use of seat belts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately two million Americans are injured each year in car accidents. Seat belt restraint systems are responsible for saving 14,000 American lives on an annual basis. Despite that fact, 27.5 million Americans still neglect to wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Of all those killed in motor vehicle collisions throughout 2016, 48.5% of them were not wearing their seat belts. 

Why a Seat Belt Helps 

Proper use of a seat belt restraint system helps to increase safety in a number of ways. Not only do seat belts keep you securely in your vehicle in the event of a car crash, but they also ensure that the vehicle’s airbags and other safety measures work as designed. When seat belts are not utilized, airbags can cause severe and even fatal injuries. Common airbag injuries include punctured lungs, broken ribs, and severe head trauma. 

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Jacksboro pedestrian accident attorneyAccording to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an American pedestrian is killed every 1.5 hours in an accident involving a motor vehicle. Due to the size and weight of standard passenger automobiles and the lack of protection that pedestrians have in the event of a collision, severe injuries and even death are quite common in pedestrian accidents. Throughout 2016, just under 6,000 pedestrians were fatally injured throughout the United States. If you or a loved one have been injured after being struck by a motor vehicle, you should contact a quality team of legal representatives to determine your options for receiving compensation for your damages. 

Pedestrian Deaths in Tennessee

Here in the state of Tennessee, pedestrian fatalities seem to be on the rise. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, approximately 1,559 pedestrians were fatally injured in the state throughout 2017. This marked a 5% increase in pedestrian fatalities in comparison to the previous year. In highly populated areas throughout the state, fatal pedestrian accidents are increasingly common. In Memphis alone, there were 28 pedestrian deaths in 2016. In Nashville, 16 pedestrians were fatally injured in the same year. 

Avoiding Pedestrian Fatalities

In many cases, there is nothing that pedestrians can do to avoid serious injury after being struck by a motor vehicle, but there are some preventative measures you can take to lower the likelihood of a collision altogether. When traveling as a pedestrian, always follow traffic laws and only cross the street at marked intersections. Take precautions to increase your visibility by wearing bright clothing, cross at well-lit intersections, and make eye contact with all approaching drivers. Much like driving, walking in populated areas can come with severe injury risks, and you should never use drugs or alcohol when you are planning to commute by foot. 

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Campbell County car accident attorney elderly driver injuryOn Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, a 72-year-old man was fatally injured in a car crash which occurred a few miles south of Lawrenceburg. In addition to the death of the elderly occupant, the accident led to severe injuries for another passenger. For drivers throughout the state of Tennessee, the crash served as a reminder of the increased risks that elderly drivers face in motor vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you should work with a personal injury lawyer to determine your legal options for recovering compensation for your damages. 

Collision Rates Substantially Higher Among the Elderly

Throughout the United States, elderly drivers experience a higher rate of collisions than other age groups. In 2014 alone, over 200,000 elderly drivers were injured in motor vehicle collisions, and more than 5,000 of these drivers suffered fatal injuries. The alarming number of car crashes involving elderly drivers can be attributed to a number of issues. As elderly drivers continue to age, muscular problems such as arthritis can impact steering wheel grip and braking ability. Additionally, aging drivers often face the difficulties that come with dwindling motor skills and lessening vision. 

It should come as no surprise that per mile traveled, the fatality rate climbs exponentially once drivers reach the age of 75. Also concerning is the fact that over 75% of drivers over the age of 65 use one or more prescription medications. These medications can come with side effects that can impact awareness, motor skills, and the ability to stay awake while driving. 

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Jacksboro, TN truck accident injury attorneyIn order to operate commercial vehicles, truck drivers are required to carry their commercial driver’s license (CDL). Despite the fact that all drivers are forced to go through rigorous training prior to operating their vehicle, commercial truck accidents are far more common than most people would like to assume. Due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, collisions with standard motor vehicles can cause severe and often fatal injuries. In the vast majority of commercial truck accidents, the most damage is done to the other vehicles involved and their drivers and passengers. If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, it is likely that either the driver or truck company was at fault. 

Commercial Truck Accidents Nationwide

Despite the vetting process of drivers and the high number of regulatory measures put in place to ensure that trucks are as safe as possible, commercial truck accidents are incredibly common throughout the United States. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were approximately 4,213 commercial trucks involved in fatal accidents in 2016 alone. This marked a 3% increase over the total number of commercial truck fatalities in 2015. In addition, studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that more than 119,000 Americans suffered injuries in accidents involving commercial trucks throughout 2016. 

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

While not all commercial truck accidents are caused by negligence, a large number of them are. Common forms of driver negligence include drowsy driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and aggressive driving (such as speeding or tailgating). In other cases, the trucking company may be liable for the accident. If the driver was not properly certified or trained to be operating the commercial vehicle, the company may be responsible for the injuries and damages suffered. Other common reasons for trucking company liability include failure to properly secure cargo and improper or incomplete maintenance on the vehicle. 

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