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Every injury claim is unique in itself. There are no two accidents that are identical and leave individuals with the same bodily injury. The value of your injury claim is based primarily on the extent of injury you sustained. The magnitude of an injury is proven to insurance companies through medical documentation. Your consistency, frequency and nature of medical care is essential to supporting the value of your injury. Any prior injuries or general medical treatment for “pain” relating to the injury sustained in your accident can also reduce the value of your claim. It is very important that you fully inform your attorney as to any and all medical treatment you have had both pre and post collision or injury event for which you are being represented. Always ensure that you are upfront and honest with your attorney, they are only working to help you. If you have any doubts about the accuracy of your attorney’s evaluation of the value of your injury, you should ask to see recent jury verdict reports of similar injuries and, of course, you always have the right to seek the opinion of another lawyer.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says that last year, a total of approximately 40,000 Tennessee Car Accidents were caused by a driver using a handheld electronic device behind the wheel of a vehicle. A story in The Tullahoma News discussed how lawmakers are addressing the problem.
Around 2007, smartphones began to gain popularity among cellphone users. Since that time, motor vehicle collisions across the state have risen by more than 50 percent. In an effort to put an end to the growing trend, the state outlawed the act of sending or receiving messages over a handheld electronic device. This made it one of the first states in the nation to ban texting and driving. The law is being seen as a success too, considering it has led to both a broad span of public education about the problem and a decrease in the activity itself.
Since the texting and driving ban was enacted in 2010, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has issued a total of 751 tickets for the behavior.
Officers are reminding motorists that any use of a handheld device, including changing a song, can be considered distracted driving.
The Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers at Hughes and Coleman Injury Lawyers challenge drivers to put their phones down and focus on the road every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Tennessee saw a dramatic increase in the number of motor vehicle fatalities last year compared to previous years. An article from Northwest Tennessee Today discussed the increase and what officials are doing to curb the problem.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) reported more than 1,000 fatalities associated with traffic accidents last year, which means there were roughly 70 more deaths in 2012 than during the same time period in 2011. TDOT officials became aware of the growing trend of fatal Tennessee Car Accidents in April 2012 and swiftly began working to halt the problem.
They began by installing signs along major highways that keep a running tally of the number of fatalities in the state for the year. The signs also offer messages to educate the public about the importance of certain safety precautions, such as buckling up and slowing down on the interstate. The Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Kendell Poole, says that the number of traffic fatalities has flattened since the installation of the signs.
The Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers with Hughes and Coleman Injury Lawyers are hopeful that the new signs will continue to help decrease the number of fatal traffic accidents in the state while also better educating the public on the importance of traffic safety.
Your auto insurance is a contract and the terms of your insurance coverage are the subject of that contract. Sometimes, it can be very complicated to determine whether your coverage extends to specific circumstances. Some policies of auto insurance only cover a car or truck that you have rented because your regular vehicle is in need of repair not because you just didn’t want to put extra miles on your new car or because you needed a moving van. It is always safest to obtain the insurance coverage that is available from the rental agency. However, in many situations, auto insurance obtained in Kentucky will be interpreted to provide the state minimum limits of coverage without exclusion. If you have had an auto collision while driving a rented vehicle or you were in an auto collision in which the at-fault vehicle was rented, then you should consult an attorney to assure that you get the liability, personal injury protection and other coverages to which you are entitled both by law and by contract.
Motorcycles can be a fun and efficient way to get around town, but new studies are showing the number of motorcyclists who die each year in Tennessee is increasing. WATE 6 News discussed this disturbing trend in detail and what is being done to stop the problem.
Reports from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security show that more than 133 bikers died in 2012 due to Tennessee Motorcycle Accidents. That is more than the 114 motorcyclist lives lost in 2011. Experts say the increase has been a recognized trend over the last several years.
To combat the problem, the state was given millions in federal grants to improve motorcycle safety in the state. However, officials with the US Government Accountability Office say there are too many restrictions on how the money is spent, which can limit the effectiveness of the funding.
Experts point out that motorcycle safety could be dramatically improved if states were allowed to decide how the money is spent. For example, many believe Tennessee officials should be allowed to choose between using funding for traffic enforcement or providing driver safety courses.
The Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers with Hughes and Coleman Injury Lawyers know the dangers motorcyclists face every time they ride and hope recent research findings will be used to implement safety improvements for those who ride as well as others on the road.