Deaths and serious injuries from unsafe amusement park rides in recent weeks are a reminder of the long history of tragedy associated with such attractions. Just a year ago, three girls suffered serious injury when they fell from a Ferris wheel at the fair in Greenville, Tennessee. At about the same time, a 10-year-old boy was killed on a water slide in another state.
Wrongful death damages are available in Tennessee in some circumstances where a passing vehicle hits and kills a pedestrian. As always in personal injury law, the deciding factor will be if the operator was negligent in striking the pedestrian and causing the injury or death. A recent car accident in which a passing vehicle killed a pedestrian raises the issue of whether the driver was guilty of distracted driving or other negligence, or whether he was faultless in the event.
What does a worker in Tennessee do after being injured in an accident at work? The procedures and common-sense protocols for injured workers are generally similar to those utilized in most other states. The first thing to do is to get attention for the injury. Failure to enter into the care of a physician may result in a denial of benefits at a later date.
Each vehicular accident occurring in Tennessee and elsewhere must be first analyzed for the presence of negligence, then whether there is causation, and finally whether the imposition of liability for damages will flow from there. Truck accidents are among the deadliest on the state's highways. A recent accident involving a dump truck sent four people to the hospital with injuries after an evening crash on Interstate 81 in Blountville.
There are single-vehicle accidents in Tennessee that may be the subject of one or more claims for personal injury damages. These claims are created when a driver negligently or recklessly loses control of the vehicle and crashes into a stationary object such as a wall or guard rail. Where the vehicle rolls over after impact, the prospects of passengers suffering serious personal injury are increased. The driver's negligent operation of the vehicle may be due to drunk driving, texting, drugs, speeding, fatigue or general distracted driving.