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Are there more injuries involving semi-trucks in Tennessee?

There are accidents on the roads every day in Tennessee, and many of these involve semi trucks. There are many reasons why 18-wheelers are so often in wrecks, including driver drowsiness, unsafe driving and poor road conditions. Such accidents may seem particularly common in Tennessee, though, and it can lead you to wonder whether there are more injuries involving semi trucks in the state.

According to GTG Technology Group, Tennessee is the top state for trucking. This means there are plenty of jobs in the industry and a wealth of resources for truckers. It does not necessarily mean there are more accidents and injuries caused by semi trucks, but you should still be aware of the following factors that can cause such incidents. 

A decedent's debts are paid by the estate, not family members

When a person passes away, there is a good chance that they have outstanding bills. It is up to the person who is handling the person's estate to determine if there are any that need to be paid. One thing for people who lose a loved one need to remember is that they aren't responsible for paying those bills except for very specific instances.

The bills that are left by the decedent must be paid by the estate in a specific order and based on what's available. The only exception to this occurs when the debts are joint ones. In this case, the person who holds the account with that person would need to make the payments.

Wrongful death claims can only come in specific cases

The loss of a loved one in a crash is devastating. When you find out that the cause of death was due to the injuries suffered in a car crash, you might decide that you are going to act. One of the options that you have is to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Here are some important points you need to remember about these claims.

First, not just anyone can file a wrongful death claim. You have to have suffered from a monetary damage from the death. Typically, the person who files will be the next of kin of the person. A parent might file for a child's death. A spouse would file for a spouse's death. A child might file for a parent's death.

Dangerous conditions exist when truckers aren't driving safely

For the most part, truckers do what they can to remain safe while they are on the road. After all, their livelihood depends on it. There are semitruck drivers who might not always follow proper safety procedures. Serious accidents can result when a trucker isn't driving safely.

One important thing for these individuals to do is to obey the posted speed limits. Even though the maximum allowable speed for big rigs is often slower than for other vehicles, there is a reason for this. The larger tractor-trailer rigs take longer to stop, so the lower speed limit makes sense since it helps to reduce the stopping distance.

Big rig crash impacts can devastate the victims

Semi-truck drivers must be careful not to do things that are going to harm other drivers on the road. These large trucks are difficult to handle, but these professionals are trained to get the job done. Unfortunately, not all truckers follow proper safety procedures all the time. There are instances in which they drive in an unsafe manner. We understand how devastating a crash with a semitruck can be.

It isn't likely that you are going to walk away from a semi-truck crash unscathed. Because these vehicles are so much larger than others, they can do serious damage. In some cases, a driver might even try to avoid a crash with a big rig by veering off the road. This can also lead to a serious crash even if the big rig never even touched your vehicle.

Never admit guilt after a car accident

Car accidents occur every day in Tennessee. According to a report from the state's Department of Safety & Homeland Security, 3,148 car crashes occurred in McMinn County alone in 2017.  

A lot of things may race through your mind after an auto accident. You may inadvertently say "I'm sorry" after a crash, but you definitely do not want to do that. Saying "I'm sorry" is a form of admitting guilt, and although a judge will not automatically side with the other driver just because you apologized, it can make the claims process more complicated. 

Challenging a will is sometimes necessary, but can be difficult

Some individuals opt to create an estate plan before they pass away. There are times when the people who are left behind might have reason to think that the will has something wrong with it. When this is the case, the person might challenge the will. Very specific criteria must be present for this to happen.

One of these is that the person who challenges the will must have an interest in the will. There are a few ways that this might occur. One of these three must be true:

  • The person must be named in the current will.
  • They must have been named in a previous will.
  • They are named in the state's succession plan for a person who dies intestate.

Delayed pain after a car accident

Imagine you were involved in a serious auto collision. Your vehicle rolled and flipped five times before it came to a rest in the middle of the interstate median. However, like something out of a Hollywood movie, you miraculously crawled out of the window and walked away from the crash. When police arrived, they couldn't believe it was you who was riding in the car.

What you didn't realize at the time is that you'd be paying for the incident in the days to come. The day after the crash, you woke up to find that your neck was stiff and painful. On day two, you couldn't move your neck at all and were suffering from splitting headaches. On day three, your entire back hurt and you had intense abdominal pain. It's actually very common to experience delayed pain after a car accident like this.

A fatal car wreck leaves behind devastated family members

Fatal motor vehicle crashes torment the family members of the victims. There isn't an easy way to deal with the emotional impacts of these tragic deaths. Oftentimes, it can take a lot of time and possibly therapy to begin to feel normal again. We realize that you might be trying to just make it through one day at a time as you deal with the tragedy.

When another driver caused the accident, you might be able to seek compensation for your loved one's death. There isn't anything that will bring your family member back but being able to hold someone accountable might help you to feel closure. You may find that this enables you to heal more from the loss.

Don't make this big mistake after a car wreck

Many things will go through your mind when you are in a car wreck. The stress of the situation might make it hard to think clearly. Still, you need to be sure that you are handling things appropriately so that you don't accidentally ruin your chance to seek compensation after the crash.

There is one serious mistake that can have a huge impact on what might happen after a car crash is saying the wrong thing. It is imperative that you don't ever say that you are sorry. Even if you are internally sorry that the accident happened, don't put those thoughts into verbal expressions.

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  • Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
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