August 2014 Archives | Personal Injury News

August 2014 Archives

What are the dangers and statistics of texting and driving?

The number of people who have cell phones with high tech capability is growing exponentially. With that, comes the ability to communicate in a multitude of ways at any time. In Davidson, a growing concern for people who are out of the road is the number of people who are texting and driving. While many don't think they'll be the ones who are in a car collision causing injuries to themselves, their passengers and others, driving while distracted is a common cause of accidents. The statistical studies into the act of texting and driving show that the risks are significant, including serious injury and even death.

Two men injured in accident caused by a drunk driver

Drivers in Nashville must be constantly vigilant to avoid an auto accident. If an accident is caused by a drunk driver, it can be especially frustrating to those who were injured because it didn't have to happen. A person who is hurt in an alcohol related accident needs to understand the long-term issues they may face. There could be severe injuries and massive medical expenses. Lives can be changed forever due to an accident caused by a drunk driver.

6 reports surface of medical device malfunctioning

In some instances, physicians and nurses in Nashville feel that it is appropriate to alter a medical device to meet the needs of an individual patient. Sometimes, however, products may not be suitable for these types of changes due to a design or manufacturing defect. When this occurs, the resulting injuries may require medical intervention to correct.

How do I know if I have a brain injury?

First, if you have been in an accident and think you have suffered a head injury, you should immediately seek medical attention. A doctor will be able to diagnose a traumatic brain injury and suggest appropriate treatment. However, while a traumatic brain injury may be easy to spot, lesser brain injuries might be more difficult to diagnose, and you might not go to the hospital right away because you are unaware of the damage that has been done to your brain. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of the varying stages of a brain injury.

Proving trucker liability requires aggressive legal action

Last week we discussed truck accidents and how to make sure all liable parties are held accountable, including trucking companies. This is certainly an important point, but many of you may be wondering how we get to that point. The answer is that a truck driver must be proven to have been at fault. This typically means showing a truck driver was negligent and that the negligence caused both the accident and the compensable injuries to the victim. 

Recall issued after 29 Vornado heaters overheat, melt

It can be easy for Nashville residents to forget that some of the products in their homes are in fact quite dangerous. Although used every day, appliances that rely on electricity or gas can, should they contain a defect, pose substantial risks to those who use them. Because of this, it is important that consumers remain vigilant about news regarding product defects and recalls.

How common are drunk driving accidents?

Every day across this country, Americans, including Tennesseans, are put at risk of harm by those who have chosen to climb behind the wheel of their vehicle while intoxicated. Though it may seem that drunk driving accidents occur only every now and then, the truth of the matter is much more startling.

Tattoo ink defect may be more widespread than initially thought

When a design or manufacturing defect is identified, recalls are often issued to prevent consumers from becoming injured. Sometimes the investigations into these problems reveal that these defects are not isolated to one batch or product line. When this occurs, it is important that consumers--both in Nashville and around the country--are properly informed about the full reach of these dangerous products.

How long do you have to file a lawsuit after a car accident?

Car accidents are a daily occurrence on Tennessee's streets and highways. Ranging from minor fender-benders to harrowing head-on collisions, car accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries or even death.

Holding truck companies liable for accidents in Tennessee

It comes as no surprise that an accident involving semi-trucks in Tennessee have the potential to be catastrophic. After all these enormous vehicles, weighing 80,000 pounds or more, take extreme care to drive in the best of circumstances. However, drivers who are pressured to get their goods to their destination as soon as possible may end up engaging in risky behaviors such as speeding, impaired driving or drowsy driving, increasing the likelihood of an accident. So when a semi-truck accident does happen and injures an innocent individual, the victim may wonder who the person can hold responsible for the crash.

What are the impacts of "Amelia's Law" in Tennessee?

Effective July 1, a new driving under the influence law went into effect. It's important to be familiar with all new applicable laws in the state of Tennessee. If you are involved in an accident, knowledge of laws can help you receive compensation, especially if another driver was negligent. Car accidents can cause serious damage and if another driver was committing a misdemeanor or felony, they have responsibility for the car accident.

GM files indicate a failure to investigate signs of fatal defect

Nashville car owners often place their families' lives in the hands of vehicle manufacturers, trusting that these cars are a safe means of transporting their loved ones. If it is discovered that a line of vehicles was allowed to stay in circulation despite a deadly defect, consumers and federal agencies often call for investigations to determine why the issue was not identified and resolved earlier.

What should a person do after an auto accident?

There's been an auto accident with another vehicle. Now what? The first step to take is to make sure that an injured party addresses the person's injuries and calls for help. Severe injuries may require treatment from a hospital. Dialing 911 is important in a crash so the proper support can be given to all those that are injured and to get a police report. The police and paramedics can help with treating hurt people and take them to the hospital. Getting to safety and receiving help is priority number one. Seeking medical treatment can be the difference between life and death in a serious crash.

Swarming bees envelop scene of Tennessee truck accident

The aftermath of a truck crash can be devastating, especially if a crash involves a victim in a smaller vehicle. If one is traveling on the highway, high speeds can increase risks of injuries in a crash. A collision can put someone in the hospital or worse. Truck drivers have a responsibility in Tennessee to be vigilant of their surroundings. A tractor trailer crash can snowball into a much bigger accident on a major road.

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