Losing a loved one in a car accident is naturally a traumatic experience that causes not only emotional trauma but also financial hardship. An unanticipated death can ruin the financial security of any family. Every year, many wrongful death claims are filed in civil courts in Tennessee by surviving families of people who lost their lives in crashes caused by others who were negligent.
A tragedy that recently occurred at a Tennessee campground might lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. Reportedly, a 9-year-old girl who was heading to the fourth grade was with her parents on their very first camping trip at the Foster Falls Campground over a recent weekend. Authorities report that a tree fell over during the night and landed on the family's tent.
Pedestrians are much more likely to sustain injuries following a traffic collision than someone else who is inside a vehicle. A report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2015, approximately 129,000 pedestrians had to go to the emergency room for non-fatal injuries.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says the number of motorcycle riders in Tennessee and other states increases at a significant rate from year to year. Bikers are much more likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries in motorcycle accidents because they are so exposed. The Orthopaedic Trauma Association says that orthopedic surgeons are often called in to treat victims of these accidents, who often require surgery to arms, wrists, legs, feet and spines.
In a recent collaboration between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other organizations, safety authorities held a trench safety stand down nationwide, including in Tennessee. Many people take power and water supply in their homes for granted without giving thought to the construction workers and utility workers who risk their lives in trenches and excavations to make sure those services are available. Every time a worker enters a trench to lay a pipe, cable or gas line, his or her life is on the line.