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Tag Archives: Knoxville Car Accident Lawyers

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Dealing with Hospital Liens Following a Car Accident

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

If you require medical treatment for injuries sustained in a car accident, you may find yourself on the hook for a substantial hospital bill. And if you later file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused your accident, the hospital may file a lien against any judgment you obtain. Such hospital… Read More »

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Why Buying Auto Insurance Immediately Following an Accident Is Not the Smartest Move

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

If you are injured in a car accident, your ability to recover damages often depends on whether or not the negligent driver was properly insured at the time of the crash. Obviously, Tennessee law requires all drivers to carry a certain amount of auto insurance coverage. But not every driver complies with this rule–just… Read More »

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What Happens When an Insurance Company Refuses to Defend a Negligent Driver from a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

If you are injured in a car accident, you have the right to seek damages against the negligent driver. In most cases, the other driver’s insurance company is actually responsible for defending against the personal injury claim, and paying out any damage award within the policy limits. Of course, insurance companies often try to… Read More »

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Is a Company Liable for an Accident Caused by an “Independent Contractor”?

By John Willis |

It is fairly well established in Tennessee law that an employer is vicariously liable for a car accident caused by an employee within the scope of his employment. But the same rule does not typically apply to independent contractors. And in many cases, it may not be immediately apparent which category a negligent driver… Read More »

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Can an Insurance Company Force Me to Litigate in Federal Court?

By John Willis |

Part of the legal fallout from a car accident is dealing with insurance companies. This includes not only the company that insures the negligent driver who caused your accident, but also your own insurer. In fact, in many cases dealing with the latter is more frustrating. While an insurer representing a negligent driver is… Read More »

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Uber “Self-Driving” Car Accident Raises Questions Over Legal Liability

By Brad Burnette |

Automated vehicles were once nothing more than a dream of science fiction writers. But today major corporations like General Motors and Uber have deployed “self-driving” cars on public roadways. Although touted as safer than traditional, human-operated vehicles, self-driving car accidents raise a host of new legal questions that legislators and courts around the country… Read More »

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Distracted Driving Continues to Drive Up Car Accident Reports

By John Willis |

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Tennessee. According to a recent report published by Slate, there has been a 14 percent “spike in roadway fatalities” nationally over the past two years, and many experts attribute this to distracted activities such as texting while driving. Slate pointed to one… Read More »

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Is a Designated Driver Liable for a Drunk Passenger Who Falls Off of the Car?

By John Willis |

One of the best ways to avoid an alcohol-related car accident is to have a designated driver. Making sure there is at least one sober, responsible person in your social group can help ensure that everyone gets home safely. But what happens when a drunk passenger is injured during that ride home? Can the… Read More »

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What Is Considered “Negligence Per Se” in a Tennessee Car Accident?

By John Willis |

A critical element in any personal injury case is proving the defendant was negligent. If the defendant’s actions violated a state or local law, it may constitute “negligence per se.” In a car accident, for example, a defendant who goes against the “rules of the road” and injures someone else as a result is… Read More »

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Memphis Liable for Car Accident Caused by Police Officer

By Brad Burnette |

After a car accident, a negligent driver may offer all sorts of excuses to avoid responsibility. The driver may try and blame the victim or argue there was a “sudden emergency” that justified their reckless actions. But without evidence, such excuses will not hold up in court–even when they are made by a police… Read More »

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