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Recent accident in Sevier County leads to 1 dead, 2 injured

Car accidents are one of life's most unfortunate occurrences. Not only do they occur every day in Tennessee, they are often responsible for serious injury and even death. A recent car accident left one individual dead as well as two others injured.

According to authorities, a man from out of state was killed and two others were injured in relation to a two-car accident on a highway. The accident occurred late morning in early July in Sevierville and resulted in the highway being closed for many hours. The accident occurred when one vehicle drove into oncoming traffic. 

High speed chase leaves cop hurt; may seek workers' compensation

Whether rushing to make an appointment or late for work, drivers all over Tennessee speed for a variety of reasons. However, most drivers, when caught speeding by a police officer, pull over. One driver who did not led officers on a high speed chase that ended in a car accident and resulted in an officer being injured. As the officer was injured on the job, he may seek to file for workers' compensation benefits. 

The accident occurred in Williamson County on a night in early July. According to the authorities, a sedan driven by a 45-year-old man was first seen speeding by a Spring Hill police officer. The officer began to pursue and attempted to pull the car over, but the driver refused to stop.

Brake failure in truck accidents, serious injury often results

With all of the major highways and Interstates that crisscross through the state, drivers in Tennessee see a great deal of big trucks. Though many of those that operate these big trucks are experienced drivers, accidents can still occur due to mechanical malfunctions or driver distraction. When truck accidents do occur, the damage inflicted is often substantial.

A recent truck accident resulted in the injury of another driver as well as damage to a business. The accident occurred in Knoxville in the early part of July. It involved a dump truck driven by a 44-year-old man.

Tennessee truck accidents: 6 killed, multiple injured in crash

There are times when certain road conditions can make a driver feel unsafe. For example, if it is raining or snowing, drivers could be concerned that an accident may occur. Most people likely feel relatively safe when they are stopped for construction, but truck accidents can, unfortunately, occur at any time and can even impact vehicles that are not in motion. Tennessee police are conducting an investigation into a recent accident that killed six people and involved nine vehicles, eight of which were stopped at the time of the collision.

According to reports, the incident occurred just after 7 p.m. one night in late June just before the entrance of a construction zone. A representative for the Tennessee Department of Transportation has said that the accident happened where cars were stopped as lanes were closed due to a resurfacing project. Police indicate that a tractor trailer driven by a 39-year-old man slammed into the back of several stopped vehicles.

Home versus car accident leaves one Tennessee woman injured

A Tennessee, homeowner from Jackson was recently hurt after a car crashed into her home. The incident happened on a recent Sunday afternoon. The home versus car accident happened after the driver of a sport utility vehicle backed into the residence and penetrated the front room of the home.

One neighbor told reporters how surprised she was to see an SUV sticking out of the front of the home as she was driving by in her vehicle. The neighbor said she saw people surrounding a woman, who was injured in the incident. As it turns out, the incident has been deemed a complete accident.

29-year-old pedestrian killed in fatal Tennessee accident

A Tennessee pedestrian was fatally struck by a car on a recent Thursday evening in Memphis. The unfortunate accident happened at approximately 11 p.m. The people who bore witness to the scene said that it was gruesome.

According to witnesses, they saw the lifeless body of the 29-year-old female pedestrian in the street. She had been struck and killed by a Cadillac while she was walking. The Cadillac's shattered windshield was evidence of the tragic accident that had just occurred. A silver Pontiac Grand Prix was also involved, but the driver apparently fled the scene. Meanwhile, the Cadillac driver remained at the crash site. 

50 percent of brain injuries are caused by car or truck wrecks

A traumatic brain injury can happen as the result of virtually any kind of serious accident, but they are particularly common in motor vehicle crashes. In fact, 50 percent of TBI cases are caused by car or truck wrecks. Tennessee residents engaged in military combat are also at risk.

A traumatic brain injury relates to damage to the brain area after the head is hit, jolted, bumped or suffers some other kind of damage -- like a bullet wound or asphyxiation. The worst cases of brain damage end in death or permanent disabilities. Milder forms of TBI go away with time and result in neck pain, headache, ringing ears, tiredness, dizziness and nausea.

Teenager dies in car accident at the end of a high speed chase

A 23-year-old man recently appeared in Tennessee court to face charges relating to a deadly accident. Police claim that the man led them on a high speed chase that resulted in a fatal car accident. The man must now answer vehicular homicide charges in court. In addition, he was also charged with theft, reckless endangerment and evading arrest.

The chase and the accident happened on May 21. Tennessee troopers allege that the man was operating a stolen vehicle while accompanied by a 17-year-old. Troopers further allege that the man was trying to escape from them when his vehicle went out of control, hit multiple trees and fell down an embankment. Tragically, the 17-year-old did not survive the incident.

Ford defects in recent recall caused 4 car wrecks

Ford recently announced the recall of nearly 423,000 automobiles at the behest of U.S. regulators. The automaker says that defects regarding the automatic steering systems installed in number of their vehicles have already caused four car wrecks. However, the automaker has not admitted to any injuries being caused by the defects.

The recall affects a number of Ford models sold in Tennessee and throughout all of North America. The affected models include the Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln MKS, Taurus and Flex. The affected automobiles were manufactured between 2011 to 2013, depending on the model. 

Who can pursue wrongful death damages in Tennessee?

In terms of emotional pain, little compares to the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one in an accident. When the accident was completely preventable and caused by the negligent actions of another party, though, the pain and anguish are even worse. In such instances, many Tennessee residents choose to seek some form of justice and restitution through a wrongful death claim, but not everyone will be legally entitled to such damages. Generally, the people who can pursue wrongful death claims are limited to spouses, parents and children.

Spouses can make claims relating to the loss of companionship and emotional anguish they experience after losing their husbands and wives. Although the damages are difficult to quantify in financial terms, Tennessee courts have methodologies to evaluate such abstract damages in civil proceedings. Furthermore, spouses may have the right to pursue damages relating to lost family income and lost future inheritance.

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