Compensation for injuries suffered in a vehicular accident in Tennessee is based on tort principles of negligence. If a person is injured due to the negligence of one or more parties in an auto accident, the at-fault party is liable for compensating the victim for the economic value of the personal injury suffered. A driver's civil law obligation to compensate the victim for injuries in an accident has little to do with whether a driver will also be arrested or convicted for criminal activity with respect to that accident.
A multi-vehicle accident has left one person dead and another person severely injured on Nov. 26 just before midnight. The accident occurred on the on the I-24 eastbound, heading towards Chatanooga, and Sam Ridley Parkway. The driver of a 2007 Chrysler 300 had pulled over to the far right lane at the eastbound exit near the merge lane. His vehicle was rear-ended by a 1989 Honda Accord. The driver of the Chrysler exited his vehicle to inspect the damage but was then struck by a 2004 Ford Escape, which had attempted to swerve out of the way to avoid colliding with the Accord. The driver of the Chrysler died at the scene. The driver of the Ford Escape then proceeded to slide across the remaining lanes and collided with the median barrier. The number of vehicles involved increased by two when the Ford Escape was struck by both a 2008 Hyundai Sonata and a 2005 Ford Focus.
A new year has begun. For some, that means they are exercising more and eating better. For Tennessee law enforcement and traffic safety advocates, it means continued work to prevent motor vehicle accidents in the state.
The excitement over the holidays has definitely settled in among Tennessee residents. Thanksgiving is just days away. Thoughts of turkey, stuffing, pie and time off from work are dancing in people's minds. Hopefully, those thoughts won't take over when people are supposed to be focusing on the roads.
There are many working parts when it comes to the entire goal of traffic safety. There are motorists, some on motorcycles and others in SUVs. There are pedestrians and bicyclists. There are traffic laws, some new some old. There are drunk drivers, distracted drivers and simply drivers who make dumb decisions.
A recent Tennessean piece serves as a warning that drivers in the state might not be doing much to help improve the safety on Tennessee roads. In recent years, Tennessee has been ranked pretty high on the list of states where the most traffic fatalities occur. And it looks like 2013 will round out to be no traffic safety improvement.