The idea of a motorist crashing a vehicle into a shopping center store and hitting customers inside seems at first blush to be a very rare occurrence. However, it happens more often than most people would think, and when it does occur, loss of life and personal injury are often involved. It happened in Tennessee just two days before the Christmas holiday when a 60-year-old woman drove her Jeep into a FedEx store and seriously injured two customers inside.
Tennessee has a lot of two-lane highways, with one lane in each direction. One fairly sure way to cause a car crash is to pass a car on a two-lane highway without being sure that there is no oncoming traffic approaching in the other lane. Just prior to pulling out into the "passing" lane, the driver must make sure that there is no possibility of approaching traffic.
When an auto accident occurs in Tennessee or any other state, injured passengers are generally entitled to collect from the driver of the vehicle they occupied, but only if their injuries were caused substantially by that driver's negligence. The same applies, of course, if the passenger dies as a result of the car crash. In that event, the decedent's estate is entitled to make a claim on behalf of the decedent against the negligent driver. If more than one driver is negligent, each negligent contributor to the injury or death may be liable for damages, generally in proportion to the degree of fault of each.
Rear end collisions are well known for causing whiplash type injuries, which are often quite disabling. However, a rear-end car crash can sometimes also cause death. An example in Tennessee occurred on Nov. 14, at about 2:45 a.m., when a 26-year-old soldier from Fort Campbell rear-ended a car with his pickup, killing one person and seriously injuring another.
Thousands of motorists share the roadways in Tennessee each day. Every person behind the wheel of a car is expected to drive safely and adhere to traffic laws. When accidents occur, many become innocent victims who suffer personal injuries because of another driver's negligence. Those in such circumstances will be glad to know that there is legal help available in such situations from experienced personal injury attorneys.
A highway that has two lanes, with only one lane going in each direction, can be a road where many accidents occur. In Tennessee and elsewhere, a motorist must use due care in passing in these circumstances. Where a car crash occurs due to improper passing, the driver attempting to pass will usually be held liable for injuries and deaths that are caused.
When death occurs in a vehicular accident in Tennessee, the investigating authorities will attempt to determine whether one or more drivers were at fault in causing the fatality. They will make the same evaluation regarding the liability of any drivers to any of those who were seriously injured in the car crash. This analysis is made for several reasons, including that the authorities want to determine whether there was any criminal negligence or recklessness involved.
The speed and recklessness involved in most police chases make it easy to see why many of them end in crashes. The unfortunate thing about these crashes is that innocent motorists often find themselves involved. A fatal crash in Tennessee on Oct. 23 demonstrates the danger the public faces when police chases occur and car accidents result.
A dangerous situation can occur when two people engage in a heated, emotional argument while driving on a highway. The necessity of safe driving can become nearly impossible when one or both of the arguing parties loses all emotional control. This happened recently in Knox County when a domestic dispute between two people started a chain of events leading to an accident, followed by a second car crash that injured three Knox County deputies and a Tennessee state trooper.