If you have suffered injuries from a Knoxville, Tennessee car accident, calling an experienced Knoxville personal injury attorney can be one of the most important things you do. Having an attorney by your side, to deal with the insurance companies and ensure you receive the compensation you are owed, can make a huge difference for you, your injuries and your damaged vehicle. In the city of Knoxville in 2014, 52 vehicles were involved in fatal accidents, with a total of 33 fatalities. There were also 7 pedestrians involved in fatal accidents during the same time period. Some of the streets and Interstates where the most fatal auto accidents occurred include: SR-158, James White Parkway, US-129 and Alcoa Hwy, SR-71, Chapman Hwy, University Avenue, Clinton Parkway and Clyde Street.
The city of Knoxville is located in Knox County, the third-most populous county in the state of Tennessee, with Knoxville as its county seat. Between the years of 2012 and 2016, Knox County was ranked 12th among all the counties in Tennessee in the number of auto collisions, 80th in the number of fatal auto collisions, and 38th in the number of motorcycle accidents. Further, the county of Knox was rated 35th for the number of accidents due to excessive speed, 8th in the number of accidents among the 15-24 age group and 9th among auto accidents for seniors over the age of 65.
Knoxville, TN is sometimes described as a “hidden gem,” with live music, culture, outdoor adventure and highly acclaimed cuisine. In fact, Knoxville was named by Trip Advisor as a “Top 10 Destination on the Rise.” As such, it stands to reason that the population of Knoxville will continue to increase, and, unfortunately, the number of auto accidents will increase as well. If you have been in an auto accident in the city of Knoxville, it is important that you have a clear understanding of your rights. For additional information regarding auto accidents, click this link to take a look at our Car Accident Guide. Below is additional information regarding auto accidents which you may find helpful.
The Injuries Which Typically Result from Auto Accidents
Across the United States, there were 2.3 million serious injuries resulting from auto accidents during the first half of 2014. Road traffic crashes are expected to rise to become the seventh leading cause of death across the globe by 2030, and half of those who die on roadways across the world are considered “vulnerable road users”—pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. The most common types of injuries which result from auto accidents are impact injuries and penetrating injuries. If your body hits an interior part of the car, you could receive an impact injury. This could include your knees hitting the dash, or your head hitting glass. Penetrating injuries usually occur when glass shatters, or loose objects fly around inside the vehicle during the crash. Your injuries may include:
- Chest injuries, including internal injuries, broken ribs, bruises, and contusions;
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries;
- Cuts and scrapes, some of which may be serious enough to require stitches;
- Traumatic brain injuries which occur when the head hits a hard surface then “snaps” back;
- Broken bones;
- Injuries to the arms and legs, and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Many injuries sustained in a car accident can be extremely serious. For more information regarding car accident injuries, see our Injury Guide Resources.
Sideswipe Auto Accidents Potentially Very Deadly
Perhaps you were involved in a Knoxville sideswipe accident. This type of accident is the result of two cars, driving side-by-side, which collide with one another, usually when one or both cars are changing lanes. Unless your vehicle has side-curtain airbags, you will have little protection in the event of a sideswipe auto accident. Although a “t-bone” accident, where another car hits you squarely in the side has the potential to be more deadly, a sideswipe accident on a busy street or freeway, can result in a multiple-car accident, as others attempt to avoid you and the other vehicle. When drivers weave in and out of traffic, when they are not paying attention, or when they are distracted by their cell phone, radio, children, or some other distraction, a sideswipe accident can occur.
Which Driver is At Fault in a Sideswipe Accident?
Sideswipe accidents which occur on a busy freeway are unlikely to have witnesses who will stop and give a statement, and it is difficult to preserve evidence in a heavy-traffic area. This means it can be difficult to assign fault in a sideswipe accident, and will require a thorough investigation. Your Knoxville personal injury attorney knows how to gather the necessary reports and medical documentation to prove you were not the at-fault driver, then use that information to obtain the best settlement for your injuries and the damages to your vehicle.
When Should I Call a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you have been injured in a Knoxville auto accident which was caused by a negligent driver, it is important that you contact a Knoxville personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your auto accident could have been the result of a driver who was driving recklessly or aggressively, or from a distracted driver. The attorneys of Martinson & Beason, P.C., will ensure you have the necessary tie to heal and put your life back together while we fight for your rights. For a free consultation, contact the attorneys at Martinson & Beason, P. C., today. The Martinson & Beason attorneys have been helping and protecting people just like you since 1937.