For many Tennesseans, summer is an opportunity to swim, grill, boat, and simply enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Unfortunately, enjoying much of what summer has to offer also presents the possibility that someone will enjoy the summer in a way that presents a danger to others. For example, an individual may operate a boat while he or she is under the influence and put the lives of others on the lake at risk. Or, a company may install a water slide in a faulty or negligent manner and put the safety of those who use it in jeopardy.
For an individual who has been injured in an automobile accident, recovery alone often seems like an overwhelming task. In many cases, the last thing such an individual wants to do is to haggle with the insurance company to receive fair compensation for his or her injuries. Very often, insurance companies seemingly refuse to pay a fair amount for an individual's medical expenses alone, much less factoring in the pain and suffering that the individual has undergone as a result.
For business owners in Tennessee, it seems as if the potential avenues for liability are endless. Whether it be injuries resulting from slip-and-fall situations, on-the-job injuries to employees, liability for products that have been sold to customers, or any of the other various types of liability that business owners must contemplate, it goes without saying that Tennessee employers must be prepared for virtually anything that may come through the door. It is also important to note, however, that employers must also be prepared to make amends for the wrongful acts of their employees, especially if those employees were able to commit such wrongful acts due to some wrongful behavior on the part of the employer.
On-the-job injuries can be of all different varieties, and figuring out how to recover and from whom can be difficult for plaintiffs. For example, say you are driving a delivery van for your employer and someone runs a red light and t-bones the van, causing permanent injuries that leave you partially disabled. Who can you turn to for help paying your medical bills and recovering from your injuries. The answer lies in the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident, your employment status, and a host of other factors that determine which parties may be liable for your injuries.
For the first-time in four years, traffic fatalities rose in Tennessee as the 2010 mark exceeded the number of traffic-related fatalities in Tennessee in 2009. According to reports, fatalities rose more in rural areas than urban ones, with the increase being attributed to a lower seat-belt usage rate in the rural areas. Law enforcement officials also cited an increase in multiple-fatality wrecks as being a cause for the rise in traffic fatalities this year.
Police say a Newport woman is to blame for a Tuesday night crash on Alcoa Highway that sent the woman and her passenger to the hospital. According to reports, authorities believe that forty-five year-old Tammy Trentham of Newport was driving her 1999 Ford Explorer southbound on Alcoa Highway when she decided to attempt an illegal u-turn to head northbound. She was reportedly attempting to cross all lanes of southbound traffic when she pulled into the path of thirty-one year-old Melissa Turner of Knoxville who was driving a 2003 Dodge pickup truck belonging to the truck's passenger, off-duty police officer Steven Kaufman. Trentham was taken to UT Medical Center in critical condition and there has been no update on her condition as of yet.
Rare as it may be, there are hundreds of auto accidents that take place every year for which none of the parties actually involved in the crash can be held responsible. The most common form of this type of accident is one that is weather-related. Tennessee recently experienced a couple of severe winter storm systems that resulted in icing and dangerous driving conditions on many of Tennessee's roads and backroads. Drivers who hit ice, especially black ice, may find themselves in wrecks that involve other vehicles and drivers, but it may be nature that is at fault and there may be nothing any of the drivers involved could have done to avoid the accident.
Given the high number of people that will be on the roads after midnight tonight and the high likelihood that many of them will be operating under the influence of some form of intoxicant, it is very likely that tonight will be among the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, nights to take to the roadways. This blog has discussed repeatedly the dangers of driving under the influence, and how such conduct is presumed negligent in Tennessee. The unfortunate truth is that many people look forward to this night all year as a night to let loose and enjoy their drink or drug of choice. Even more unfortunate is that many of these individuals have to travel to their party destinations and then make the ill-fated decision to drive back home or to their next destination, thus endangering the lives of anyone else trying to use the roads.
Tennesseans who take to the roads this morning are finding travel extremely treacherous due to a winter storm system that brought ice raining down on much of East Tennessee last night. The storm resulted in ice accumulations of almost an inch in some places, and below-freezing temperatures throughout the night ensured that the ice would remain on the roadways to terrorize Tennessee motorists throughout the morning. Weather reports indicate that the ice should melt later in the day as temperatures get above freezing, but it is expected to be a gradual process and leave the roads in a dangerous state until the afternoon.
It has been a busy twenty-four hours for tow truck drivers in the area as a major snowstorm has dumped several inches of snow across East Tennessee. Tennesseans who have been forced to brave the roads during the storm have discovered that the low temperatures, dipping down into the teens in most areas, have also caused the roads to become icy and extremely slick in many areas. Not surprisingly, this has lead to a confluence of automobile accidents in Knox County, Sevier County, Blount County, Cocke County, and surrounding areas.
As America becomes increasingly mobile and more companies are investing in providing services to their clients at their homes, more and more Tennesseans find themselves engaging in an extensive amount of driving as part of their jobs. Unfortunately, this also presents an increased risk to these Tennesseans that they may become injured in a car wreck while driving on the job, either as a result of someone else's negligence, their own bad driving, or something out of the ordinary like a vehicular malfunction. When these wrecks, happen it is important for drivers to know that they have two potential avenues for recovery.
With the holiday season fast approaching, many Tennesseans are making plans to travel to various destinations in order to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day with loved ones. Many such families choose to unite in the many cabins, hotels, and various resorts that populate much of the Sevier County area of the Great Smoky Mountains, other families choose winter-vacation destinations, and others still like to meet somewhere warm to escape the bitter cold that often accompanies this time of year. The combination of lots of people traveling and inclement weather often leads to the formation of dangerous walking conditions in and around stores, hotels, cabins, and parking lots in areas where lots of foot traffic occurs and busy employees may not be able to ensure that conditions remain safe at all times.