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Knox County truck accident lawyerA serious collision between any two vehicles on the road can result in serious harm to the people inside them. When the accident involves a commercial truck, multiple vehicles are often involved, and extreme or fatal injuries are common. If you have been involved in a serious truck accident and need to pursue compensation, it is important that you are able to demonstrate what negligent action on the truck driver or their employer’s part led to the accident.

The scene left behind after a truck accident can be chaotic. It may be difficult to piece together exactly what happened, especially if the truck driver lost control and struck multiple vehicles. An attorney who is experienced in handling truck accident claims may be able to undertake a skilled investigation that could reveal the cause of the accident. 

Types of Evidence an Attorney Can Help Find

While there is likely to be some important evidence left behind at the accident scene, there are many other types of proof that may or may not be available in your case. An attorney may look for evidence like: 

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Knox County motorcycle accident lawyerThere is no reason that cautious drivers and motorcyclists cannot share the road safely. When both follow all traffic laws, focus on the road, and show a little respect for the safety of others, most motorcycle versus car accidents could be prevented. However, not all drivers are as careful as they should be when it comes to the safety of motorcyclists. Motorcycles are smaller and usually lower to the ground than cars, making them a bit more difficult to spot. However, there are still precautions reasonably careful drivers take to keep motorcyclists around them safe. If you were injured by a car while riding a motorcycle, it is most likely because the driver was negligent in some way. You may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. 

Negligent Driving and Motorcycle Accidents

Drivers remaining aware of everything that is happening on the road around them is a critical safety measure. Attentive drivers will notice the presence of a motorcycle, either because they were looking around and saw it, or because they recognized the distinct sound of a bike engine and started paying attention. Careless drivers may not even notice that there is a motorcycle until they have hit the motorcyclist and it is too late. 

A few negligent driving habits that can endanger motorcyclists include: 

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Knoxville personal injury lawyerWhile all states have limits to how long victims of certain kinds of injury cases can wait to file a lawsuit, Tennessee has a very short statute of limitations for personal injuries resulting from car accidents. Except for certain situations, a victim of a car accident that happened because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness cannot take action against the responsible party after more than a year has gone by since the date of the accident. Understanding Tennessee’s personal injury statute of limitations is essential for ensuring you take timely action that will allow you to pursue justice. 

Are There Any Exceptions to Tennessee’s Personal Injury State of limitations? 

In some circumstances, there may be exceptions to the one-year limit placed on civil personal injury cases. These include: 

  • Criminal charges - If the police are involved and criminal charges are filed against someone who drove drunk and crashed into your car, the statute of limitations is extended to two years
  • Wrongful death - When the death of someone who has been injured is not immediate, the statute of limitations is extended to a year plus 120 days from the date of the accident, or a year from the date of the victim’s death
  • Medical malpractice - Sometimes damage takes time to appear. Cases involving medical malpractice are extended to a year from the date the victim learned (or should have learned) about the injury. 
  • Underage plaintiff - Children have the right to wait until their 19th birthday to file a personal injury lawsuit
  • Concealment - The statute of limitations may be extended if the responsible party hid evidence to cover up their guilt

Should I Work with a Personal Injury Attorney on My Case? 

Victims of serious injuries or wrongful death in Tennessee car accidents may be offered settlements from the insurance companies of the responsible party. Other times, the hassle and seriousness of a lawsuit may not seem worth it on top of the exhaustion and grief a victim already feels. 

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Knoxville car crash injury lawyerDrivers who do not use caution, maintain a safe distance, or brake in time are at risk of causing a rear-end collision. In most cases, the driver who hit the other vehicle from behind is at fault. If you are the car in front, rear-end collisions are almost impossible to avoid, and can lead to severe and lasting injuries.

If you have been rear-ended by another driver, an experienced car accident attorney can help you pursue compensation. We have successfully secured damages for clients for injuries caused in rear-end accidents in previous cases.

Leading Causes of Rear End Accidents

A rear-end collision does not need to be at a high speed to cause damage to a vehicle as well as injuries to the driver and passengers. Any one or a combination of these factors could be the cause of a rear-end accident:

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Knoxville truck accident lawyerWe rely on large trucks in Tennessee every day to keep our economy going. Whether they are hauling our groceries or delivering gasoline to service stations, they can be found on every interstate and in every small town in the state. Truck crashes can be much more dangerous than accidents involving only cars. Trucks have much greater size and weight than a typical passenger car, SUV, or pickup truck and can cause much greater damage. This can result in more severe injuries and even death for the drivers and passengers in the other vehicles involved. A personal injury lawyer who can investigate every aspect of a truck accident is vital for victims to recover the compensation they deserve.

The Impact and Causes of Tennessee Truck Crashes

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security tracks many aspects of safety on Tennessee’s roads, including the location of every large truck crash in the state. A dashboard is updated regularly and gives an overview of where each crash occurred, the severity of the accident, including injuries or fatalities, information on the driver’s actions or conditions that caused the crash, the time of day and the day of the week, and the type of road that the crash occurred on.

The most common locations for large truck crashes are not surprisingly on interstates, in both urban and rural parts of the state. Accidents cluster around major urban areas including Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga and on interstates including I-40, I-75, I-24, and I-65. Intersections are the second most common location. However, state, county, and municipal routes also account for a large share of the accident locations.

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