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Car accidents can happen anywhere — on local roads or highways, or even in parking lots. If you are involved in a car accident, do not admit fault. Auto collisions can cause shock and disorientation, and immediately taking responsibility for the accident can greatly affect your right to compensation. First you should seek medical attention. Once your injuries are treated, focus on securing competent legal help.
At Banks and Jones, our skilled team of Knoxville car accident lawyers fights in court every day, and many of the case we handle involve injuries resulting from distracted or impaired driving. For more than 25 years, our firm has handled countless accident cases, and we work diligently to help you take action against the party responsible for causing your accident.
How Tennessee’s comparative negligence laws may affect your compensation award
One of the most important elements of your case is determining who is at fault for your car crash. In Tennessee, we use a modified comparative negligence system to determine how much compensation you may be able to recover. In a nutshell, this means that if you are in some way responsible for your accident, that proportion of responsibility is deducted from your overall recovery.
Let’s look at an example of how this might work, using some made-up numbers. Imagine you were driving along on I-40, and you were fiddling with the radio. Out of nowhere, a car crosses a line and smashes into the rear driver-side door. Though you were the one that was hit, a jury might find you 20% responsible, because you were distracted at the time of the collision. If a jury awarded you $100,000, that amount would be decreased by $20,000 (20%), and you would only be able to recover $80,000 instead.
If, however, you were found to by the jury to be at least 50% at fault, you recover nothing. So, in order to obtain compensation after an auto accident in Knoxville, you must be found no more than 49% responsible for the injuries which resulted from the crash.
Where do most car accidents happen in Knoxville?
Though major interstates and thoroughfares see a tremendous number of cars every day, they’re not necessarily the most dangerous roads in the Knoxville area. Last year, WATE.com published its list of the 10 most dangerous roads in Knox County. They included:
- Canton Hollow Road between Kingston Pike and Fox Road
- Fox Lonas Road between Walker Springs and Crest Forrest Road
- Andersonville Pike between McCloud Road and Hill Road
- Joe Hinton Road
- Gallahar View between Gleason Avenue and Westland Drive
- Gleason Drive between Ebenezer Road and South Gallahar View
- Sevierville Pike between Heliz Lane and E. Norton Road
- Brown Gap Road between Maynardville Pike and Carter Road
- Gray Hendrix Road between Beaver Ridge and Byington-Solway Road
- Brown Gap Road between Carter Road and Crippen Road
Their findings were based on an annual Knox County survey of more than 600 roads, to see which ones had the most car accidents and traffic fatalities.
Causes of car accidents in Knoxville
There have been 309 traffic-related fatalities (as of May) in 2017 – one less than the total number of fatal crashes by this time in 2016, which leads us to believe that we are on par, or could surpass, last year’s numbers. More than 11,000 injuries have been reported, as of April of 2017. Of those accidents, 21 have taken place here in Knox County. Our experienced team of Knoxville car crash attorneys can help you obtain justice if you were hurt, or if your loved one was killed, in a crash related to:
- Drunk driving. Alcohol has contributed to 107 accident sin Knox County in 2017. Though most people realize that driving under the influence, or DUI, is illegal and highly dangerous, it doesn’t stop them from getting behind the wheel. Tennessee’s opioid epidemic is a good indicator that people are driving under the influence of drugs; its meth problem means that those drugs aren’t always prescribed.
- Speeding. We all have somewhere to be, but ignoring speed limits is a dangerous game. Drivers who speed do not have full control over their cars, and may be unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.
- Distracted driving. Distracting driving has been a factor in 196 car crashes in Knox County so far this year (2017). Distracted drivers jeopardize other motorists’ safety and that of pedestrians and bicyclists. Texting, eating and drinking, using electronics or interacting with passengers are reckless behaviors that endanger the lives of everyone on the road.
- Reckless driving. Tailgating, swerving in and out of traffic, intimidation tactics: a reckless driver has no concern with anyone else’s well-being. These behaviors often result in crashes, and those crashes often lead to serious injuries.
- Act of nature. Did a deer cause your accident? Or was there dense fog? Mother Nature creates some of the worst types of vehicle wrecks.
- Poor roadways. If you’ve spent any time on The Dragon, you know that we have some gorgeous roads here in Tennessee. You also know that just because something is beautiful, doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. Poor visibility, road debris, poor maintenance and covered road signs can all lead to catastrophic injuries.
What to do immediately after a car accident
Car crashes can be traumatic. After the shock and confusion wears off, you may not know what to do or who to call. First and foremost, remain calm; panicking will only fog your judgment. Second, seek medical attention — nothing is more important than your health. After a doctor treats your injuries, contact an auto wreck lawyer who can provide you with a prompt and honest case assessment and explain your options.
Consult with an experienced team of Knoxville car accident lawyers
At Banks and Jones, we focus on getting our results for our clients. If a car accident injury has disrupted your life, our aggressive trial attorneys are prepared to fight for your right to compensation. To schedule a consultation with one of our skilled Knoxville car accident lawyers, contact us or call 865.407.2122 today.