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Tag Archives: Knoxville Car Accident Attorneys

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Is Video Enough to Prove (or Disprove) a Driver’s Liability for a Car Accident?

By John Willis |

We live in an age where just about everything we do can be recorded. In addition to our smartphones, which are essentially portable recording devices, many police departments and businesses now employ dashboard cameras to record constant video of highway activities. This can prove useful in the event of a car accident, although video… Read More »

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Do I Still Need to Prove Damages If the Other Driver Admits Liability?

By Brad Burnette |

In a car accident lawsuit, establishing liability may be fairly easy. For instance, when a car speeds through a red light and hits another vehicle legally in the intersection, it does not take a genius to figure out who is responsible. But even in personal injury cases where the defendant admits liability, the plaintiff… Read More »

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Can I Seek Damages for Emotional Distress Caused by a Car Accident?

By Brad Burnette |

Damages from a car accident or a similar traumatic event are often not limited to physical injuries. Victims often sustain serious emotional harm that can last for months or years after the initial incident. To compensate victims for their serious mental injuries, Tennessee law recognizes personal injury claims based on “negligent infliction of emotional… Read More »

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How Does a “Household Exclusion” in My Car Insurance Policy Work?

By John Willis |

Many Tennessee auto insurance policies contain language known as a “household exclusion” or “family exclusion.” The purpose of such language is to prevent a person from seeking insurance benefits following a car accident caused by another household or family member. In theory, this prevents “collusion” among family members who might seek double-recovery under two… Read More »

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Am I Insured If I Am in an Accident Driving My Employer’s Truck?

By John Willis |

Dealing with insurance companies can be maddening, especially after you have been in a car accident and seek to recover benefits under your policy. Insurance contracts are carefully drafted to minimize the insurance company’s liability. This means that even if you think you should be covered, the policy (and the law) may state otherwise…. Read More »

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Can I Seek Damages if an Accident Aggravates an Existing Injury?

By John Willis |

If you are injured in a car accident, you have the right to seek damages from the negligent driver. Damages include any medical bills incurred as a result of the accident. But what if a car accident merely aggravates a preexisting injury? Can you still recover damages even though the accident may not have… Read More »

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Tennessee Supreme Court Holds Rental Cars Are “Uninsured Motor Vehicles”

By Brad Burnette |

Last year we discussed a Tennessee Court of Appeals decision holding that uninsured motorist coverage was not available to a policyholder injured by the driver of a rental car. The Tennessee Supreme Court has now weighed in, reversing the Court of Appeals and reinstating the accident victim’s complaint. This is welcome news for all… Read More »

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Is the Company That Hires a Delivery Truck Liable for an Accident?

By John Willis |

Vicarious liability is a legal issue that often arises in the context of personal injury lawsuits. For example, if you are in a car accident caused by the other driver’s negligence, you may have a cause of action not only against the driver, but the person or company that owned the vehicle. In other… Read More »

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How Can Bankruptcy Affect My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

By John Willis |

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you understandably want to hold the negligent parties responsible. But a personal injury lawsuit can be complicated by the defendant’s financial situation. A defendant with little or no assets may attempt to use bankruptcy to avoid paying any judgment. Bankruptcy Discharges Most Judgments Unlike… Read More »

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Driving While Texting Is a Leading Cause of Car Accidents

By Brad Burnette |

When we think about negligence leading to car accidents, our first thought is usually drunk driving. But alcohol is not the only vice that can negatively influence a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle in a safe and lawful manner. Texting while driving is also a major cause of auto accidents in Tennessee and… Read More »

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