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Campbell County motorcycle accident attorney

Motorcyclists have a lot less protection than someone in a car while they travel on the roadways. This is why they should take more precautions to avoid injuries that can occur regardless if they collide with another vehicle. Motorcycle accidents can happen as a result of several reasons, including negligence by the motorcyclist or other motorists sharing the road. The motorcyclist following too closely behind a vehicle or another driver in a vehicle following a motorcycle too closely can also result in a crash. A motorcyclist weaving in between cars at a high rate of speed is dangerous, and this "lane splitting" is illegal in Tennessee. Poor conditions of the road such as potholes or debris can also cause drivers to suddenly swerve out of the way, thus causing a collision. These types of accidents can result in a motorcyclist who is taken to the hospital with injuries such as road rash, broken bones, head or back pain, lacerations, and even death.

Tennessee Motorcycle Safety Laws

Before cruising on the open road on a two- or three-wheeled vehicle, all Tennessee drivers must earn a motorcycle (Class-M) license. Examinations are similar to earning a regular driver’s license and anyone over the age of 16 years old can work to earn their right to drive a motorcycle. Once motorcyclists complete all the necessary tests, they are expected to abide by the rules of their given state. According to Tennessee law, all motorcyclists must:

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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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Campbell County, TN personal injury attorney

Parents have recently been capturing startling footage of cars not obeying traffic laws at school bus stops. Cell phone cameras have caught drivers nearly running over children who are boarding school buses, even when buses are stopped with flashing lights, a stop sign displayed, and a safety bar extended. Failure to stop when a school bus is picking up students can lead to serious injury of a child, and a driver will not only face criminal consequences, but they may be held financially responsible for the injuries caused.

According to Tennessee law, a driver may not pass a school bus when it is stopped, its lights are flashing, and it has a stop sign and safety arm extended, unless there is a median strip between the car and the bus. If a driver fails to stop, he or she can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which includes a fine of up to $1,000.

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Jacksboro, TN motorcycle accident lawyer

The warm weather is upon us, which means more motorcyclists are hitting the pavement. Like people who drive cars, motorcyclists are expected to take several precautions to stay safe while driving. However, motorcycle accidents can happen even when all safety measures are taken. Since motorcycles are smaller, they are often harder to see on the road, and they can occur because other drivers do not respect a motorcyclist’s right of way. Collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles often result in personal injury, and an injured cyclist may be eligible to receive compensation for injuries or damage to their motorcycle.

What To Do After an Accident

If an accident happens, the driver who is at fault for the incident is responsible for paying for any damage experienced by others involved in the accident, including costs related to injuries and repairs for damages to vehicles. Therefore, if you are a motorcyclist involved in an accident, you should assess your injuries and the damage to your motorcycle while still at the accident site.

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Jacksboro car accident lawyer

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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Jacksboro, TN personal injury lawyer

With approximately 2 million tractor-trailers on the road, truck drivers and motor vehicle drivers should be aware of ways to avoid truck accidents. Truck drivers are responsible for earning a commercial driver’s license (CDL) before operating a commercial vehicle and motorists are responsible for being extra vigilant when in the presence of big rigs.

Truck Driver Safety

After earning a CDL, the best way to stay safe on the road is also the most basic: know how to operate and keep control of your vehicle. According to the commercial driver’s license manual, all trucks should be inspected before, during, and after each trip. These inspections must be logged in case a truck needs to be repaired.

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Campbell County car accident lawyers

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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Campbell County injury lawyers

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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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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Campbell County bicycle accident attorneyOn Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019, a female bicyclist was fatally injured when a car struck her bike in Perry County. The accident, which occurred on Highway 438, ultimately resulted in three serious injuries but only one fatality. For bicyclists throughout the state of Tennessee, the accident served as a reminder that no cyclist is safe from motor vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one are injured in a bike accident, you should work with an attorney to determine your options for pursuing compensation. 

Bicycle Injuries Are Incredibly Common 

Throughout the United States, thousands of people are injured in bicycle accidents each and every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 467,000 Americans were injured in bicycle accidents in 2015 alone. Of those, over 1,000 people suffered fatal injuries. In the state of Tennessee, 10 bicyclists were killed in 2015 after being struck by a motor vehicle. Despite the fact that bicyclists only account for an average of 1% of all annual travelers, they are much more likely to be injured than those traveling in motor vehicles. 

Avoiding Bicycle Injuries 

While many bicycle accidents are impossible to avoid, there are a few simple steps you and your family can take to decrease the chances of being seriously injured in a collision: 

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Campbell County slip and fall accident attorneyAccording to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over three million Americans are hospitalized each year due to slip and fall injuries. While most slip and fall injuries are non-fatal, an elderly American dies every 20 minutes due to falling. Fall injuries cost Americans roughly $5 billion in medical costs each and every year. If you have suffered a fall injury, it is important to contact a legal professional, even if the initial injury symptoms are minor. 

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

According to the CDC, only half of all fall victims alert their doctor about their fall. Fall injuries can result in painful chronic injuries that often come with delayed symptoms. Serious injuries that can occur in a fall include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Falling is the leading cause of head and brain injuries. Injuries to the brain can come with a wide array of symptoms that affect a victim’s quality of life. From minor concussions to permanent cognitive damage, brain trauma of any sort should not be taken lightly. 
  • Hip Fractures: The CDC states that a staggering 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. Hip injuries can be severely painful, and they can have life-threatening health implications for elderly Americans. Regardless of age, a hip fracture can lead to limitations in mobility and chronic pain. 

Helping Your Elderly Loved One Avoid Falls

In many cases, fall injuries are unavoidable, but there are a few steps you can take to help your elderly family member lower their risk of slipping and falling. Ensure that your elderly loved ones wear well-tractioned footwear, do not mix medications that could impact their balance, and always give increased assistance to those that have vision or mobility problems. If your loved one is injured after suffering a fall, a personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether the fall occurred because of someone’s negligence and work with you to pursue compensation. 

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Knoxville Personal Injury Lawyer

Earlier this December, a Knoxville man was charged with child endangerment when a stray dog he allowed into his home bit a young girl. The dog bit the victim in the face and the child was ultimately transported to the hospital. The terrifying incident reminded families throughout the state of Tennessee of the real risk of dog bites. 

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, it is time to contact a legal team you can trust. 

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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 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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Jacksboro TN rear end accident lawyerEarly this October, a rear-end collision on New Highway 68 ultimately resulted in the hospitalization of five travelers. The accident occurred when a Volkswagen Jetta was rear-ended by a Volkswagen Beetle. Due to the momentum of the collision, the Jetta was pushed into the other lane and collided with a Toyota Avalon. Two people involved in the collision were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The other three injured passengers were rushed to the Sweetwater Hospital. While no one was fatally injured, the accident reminds us of the dangerous implications of rear-end collisions. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, you should contact medical personnel as quickly as possible and seek out legal representation. 

Rear-End Collisions Throughout the United States 

While some people think of rear-end collisions as minor, these types of car accidents can be incredibly serious. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), more than 2,200 Americans were killed in rear-end collisions throughout 2015 alone. An additional 556,000 Americans were injured in rear-end accidents. Although rear-end collisions only account for approximately 6% of all fatal injuries in motor vehicle collisions, they make up a staggering 32% of all crash injuries. 

Common Rear-End Collision Injuries

Rear-end collisions often cause injuries that result in chronic pain and costly physical therapy. When someone’s vehicle is struck from behind, they usually do not see the impact coming and are unable to brace for the collision, making spinal injuries likely. 

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Campbell County motorcycle accident injury lawyerPeople throughout the state of Tennessee were reminded of the dangers that every motorcyclist faces when a cyclist was fatally injured on Sunday, October 14th, 2018. The accident, which occurred when the 26-year-old motorcyclist sped through an intersection and collided with another vehicle on Highway 153 outside of Chattanooga, ultimately resulted in the death of the motorcyclist. 

For motorcyclists around the country, the accident served as another sobering reminder of the dangers of motorcycling. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), approximately 5,286 motorcyclists were fatally injured in accidents throughout 2016. If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle accident, another driver’s negligence may be to blame, and contacting a legal professional can make all the difference in your family’s recovery. 

Motorcycle Accidents Nationwide

As mentioned above, more than 5,000 American motorcyclists were fatally injured in 2016. This marked a national uptick of more than 5% in motorcycle fatalities compared to the previous year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities are at their highest level since 2008. So why the sudden rise in fatal motorcycle accidents? 

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Jacksboro, TN teen car accident lawyerOn Saturday, October 6, 2018, a high school student in Afton, TN was killed in a motor vehicle accident while riding in a Jeep with a fellow teenager. The crash, which occurred early in the morning, was caused when the 19-year-old driver drifted off of the left side of the road and hit an embankment, sending the vehicle airborne. The 16-year-old passenger was fatally injured during the accident, while the driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital after being cut out of the vehicle by emergency responders. For parents throughout the state of Tennessee, the accident served as a reminder of the dangers teenagers face every time they get behind the wheel of a car. If your teenage driver is injured in a motor vehicle collision, it may be time to seek out legal representation. 

Teenage Car Accidents Nationwide

Every year, thousands of American teens die in motor vehicle collisions. In 2015 alone, over 2,300 teenagers died in automobile accidents across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an additional 235,845 teenagers were hospitalized due to injuries suffered in car accidents throughout 2015. In all, approximately six teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 die each day in motor vehicle accidents. 

Why So Many Teenage Fatalities? 

With the overwhelming number of teenage fatalities on American roadways, it is hard not to ask the question: Why do teenagers face increased risk? The simple answer is that they routinely drive irresponsibly. Teenagers are much more likely to drive while distracted (cell phones and other electronic devices are the leading cause of distracted driving), drive at dangerous speeds, and drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

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