Category Archives: Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents have the potential to cause serious personal injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and wrongful death to innocent people.

Can a Passenger File a Claim After a Car Accident?

Passengers injured in car accidents can file a personal injury claim. In general, passengers have an easier time filing these cases because they won’t have a tough time proving driver liability. In two-car or one-car accidents, a driver in almost all cases will be found liable for causing the accident. However, the process of filing a claim is a little different for passengers than drivers. When a passenger files a claim after being in a two-car accident, they should be filing a claim against both drivers involved in the crash. As such, passengers are advised to collect insurance and contact information from both drivers. Under Tennessee law, passengers can file claims: If the driver’s negligence (such as distracted driving) caused the accident If the other driver is responsible for injuries caused to the passenger If both drivers are found liable for the accident. For example, if a faulty brake light…
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Could Positive Train Control Have Prevented the Washington Train Derailment?

In late December, Amtrak Cascades 501 derailed on its maiden journey from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon. The accident killed at least three people and injured more than 100 others on a new route between the two cities. The train was moving at 80mph when it entered an overpass on a curve with a speed limit of 30mph. The train then jumped the tracks, with several of the passenger vehicles exiting the overpass and some falling into rush hour traffic on the road below. Could this accident have been prevented with positive train control (PTC)? What is Positive Train Control? PTC is a system that can automatically slow down or stop a train if it senses that the locomotive is moving too fast or could cause an accident. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, PTC is the single most important rail safety development in over a century. It uses GPS,…
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2017 One of the Deadliest Years on Record for Pedestrians

As the year comes to a close, we examine some sobering statistics regarding pedestrian accidents in Music City in 2017. As of early November, 19 pedestrians have been killed in the city – and November and December tend to be the deadliest months of the year for accidents. That means this number, already a record-breaker, could very well increase before 2018 starts. The group Walk Bike Nashville has teamed up with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to launch the “Look for Me” campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of the issue of pedestrian safety and help keep our citizens safe on the roads. “Look for Me” is part of a statewide initiative to reduce the rates of walking and bicycling injuries and deaths. These types of accidents have been on the rise in recent years, not just in Nashville but across Tennessee. The majority of these types of accidents occur…
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