Knoxville Head-On Collisions
In a head-on collision, the front end of one vehicle impacts the front end of another vehicle while the vehicles are traveling in opposing directions. While the reasons behind a head-on collision vary, the resulting property damage and injuries are almost always very severe due to the higher speeds at which head-on collisions occur relative to other types of car accidents. Such severe injuries often result in high medical bills and can have permanent effects on the victim’s life. If you or someone you know has been injured in a head-on collision, the Knoxville car accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can assist you in bringing your claims against the responsible driver and their insurance company. As the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, we have a wealth of knowledge and resources that we can put to use for your benefit. We have recovered over $1 billion in compensation for our clients in personal injury cases.Pursuing Your Claims Against the At-Fault Party
In 2016, there were 14,149 car wrecks in Knox County alone, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Frequently, head-on collisions occur because one driver, intentionally or unintentionally, enters into one or more lanes of opposing traffic and strikes another vehicle. The at-fault driver could be distracted, passing another vehicle, intoxicated, or fatigued to the point that they fell asleep at the wheel. All of these facts can be useful in establishing a claim for negligence against the driver of that vehicle.
In Tennessee, the plaintiff has the burden of proving the defendant’s negligence. If the plaintiff fails to meet this burden of proof, the claim can be outright dismissed. Thus, it is critical after a car accident in Knoxville to conduct a thorough investigation and seek out all evidence that can explain what happened. The initial investigation will usually begin with a report filed by the Knoxville Police Department or Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Police reports may list witness information. Sometimes, the responding officer will take photographs or video at the scene. A lawyer with experience handling car wreck cases in Knoxville will leave no stone unturned in the quest to obtain recovery for your losses.
Successfully proving the defendant’s negligence can shift the focus to the victim’s damages and recovery. In a head-on collision that results in serious injuries, the damages can be quite extensive. Both economic and non-economic damages are generally recoverable in Tennessee, and they can include categories like past medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and more. When facing the mountain of medical bills that result from the treatment of your serious injuries, you will want the assistance of a firm that knows exactly what you are entitled to recover and is experienced in obtaining that sort of recovery for someone in your situation.
If you were involved in a head-on collision in Knoxville, you should act quickly in protecting your rights. Tennessee has a strict statute of limitation for car wreck and personal injury claims that accrue within the state. Under the law, if the case is not resolved within one year from the date of incident, a lawsuit must be filed in the appropriate court or else the claim can be dismissed. If the injured party is a minor, the statute of limitation can extend until one year after the date of majority, depending on the circumstances. Since evidence may disappear and witness’ memories may fade as time goes on, time is almost always of the essence.
This type of crash is disproportionately likely to lead to a tragic loss of life, due to the powerful impact when the fronts of two vehicles collide. Because of their nature, they are less likely to happen on interstates like I-40 or I-275, where vehicles are traveling in the same direction. However, there are many streets in Knoxville where fatal accidents have occurred in recent years, such as Kingston Pike, McCalla Avenue, Oglewood Avenue, Broadway, Clinton Pike, and University Avenue. While most fatal accidents in 2013 took place near the city center, they were much more broadly distributed in 2014, showing that even people in outlying residential areas were at risk.
Seek Guidance from an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a head-on collision in Knoxville or the surrounding area, contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today. We have 33 attorneys and more than 120 support staff members ready to fight for your case and help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. Our motor vehicle wreck attorneys represent victims across Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky, including in Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Oxford, Tupelo, Jackson, Meridian, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Call us today at 800-529-4004 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. NST is the way to go.