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15 Important Driving Laws In Tennessee

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A Tennessee Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Build Your Case

In August 2018, one individual was killed and two were injured in an accident in Knoxville. Knox News stated, “Witnesses reported that a Toyota SUV crossed the center line and struck a Ford van head-on, according to a Knoxville Police Department.” Stories such as this happen more often than people realize.

Have you been injured in a car wreck? If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact our Tennessee car accident lawyers at McMahan Law Firm.

It’s important to be prepared after being involved in an accident. Also, it’s vital to be aware of the driving laws in Tennessee. We understand the devastating effects a car accident can have on an individual and their family, and we are here to help you through the legal process.  

Tips After A Collision

After an accident, it can be scary and overwhelming, but following these suggested tips can help alleviate some of the stress and worry you may be experiencing:

  • Move to safety if possible- If you’re able, move the vehicles to the side of the road to avoid any further damage or injuries.  
  • Call for help- Contact the police and emergency personnel if anyone has been injured.
  • Ask for contact information- Make sure to ask for information from the other driver or drivers involved.  
  • Do not admit fault or blame the other driver- Allow the police to determine who is at fault for the accident.
  • Contact one of our lawyers– If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, our team can help you file an injury claim.  

15 Driving Laws You Need To Know

Listed below are laws drivers must obey while operating an automobile.  

    1. Don’t text and drive-  Texting while driving is against the law.
    2. Buckle up- Every driver is required to have a seat belt fastened and is also responsible for ensuring those riding in their vehicle are buckled.   
    3. Reduce speed in construction zones-  It’s important to pay attention to the speed limits in construction areas.
    4. Move over for emergency vehicles- If you approach an emergency vehicle, move over to another lane.    
    5. Never drink and drive- If you are pulled over with a BAC of .08 or higher, you will be arrested. If you know you will be drinking, it’s best to set up alternative transportation.
    6. Children under 8 years must ride in a child restraint device-  This helps keep the child or children safe if you’re in an accident.
    7. All motorcyclists must wear a helmet- The driver and passengers must wear a helmet, and it must be certified by the Department of Transportation.
    8. Pedestrians always have the right of way at crosswalks– If you come to a crosswalk, pedestrians will always have the right of way.

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  • Do not drive or park on bicycle lanes. These lanes are meant for cyclists, not for vehicles. If you need to make a turn and have to cross a bicycle lane, then you must check to see if there are any cyclists present in the lane and yield first before turning.   
  • Never block an intersection. It’s illegal to block an intersection. If you’re unable to get completely across without blocking traffic, then do not enter the intersection.
  • Out-of-state drivers are allowed to carry. If an out-of-state resident has a gun, they are legally allowed to carry it if they have a handgun carry permit.
  • No open containerAccording to the Department of Safety & Homeland Security, the statue number TCA 55-9-602 states, “Drivers shall not consume or possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage or beer while operating a motor vehicle in Tennessee.”
  • Stop at four-way stopsIf you come to a four-way stop, you must yield to the cars that stopped before you, but if you and another vehicle stop at the same time, you yield to the car on the right.
  • If you’re in an accident you should stopIf you’re involved in an accident, wait for the police to arrive.
  • You should never pass a bus with red flashing lightsWhen a bus has their red lights on, cars from both directions must stop and wait until the bus turns the red lights off.

Possible Injuries After A Car Wreck

An accident can cause a wide array of injuries including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries such as penetration, coup-contrecoup, contusion, or concussion
  • Broken bones including, ribs, femur, and pelvis
  • Whiplash
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Scars
  • Chest injuries

Can I Receive Compensation After An Accident?

If you have been injured after an automobile accident due to a negligent driver, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. Compensation is determined by various factors such as the severity of your injuries. Compensation can potentially cover the following:

Contact Our Team Of Trusted Attorneys

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Laws are intended to help keep people safe, but when they are not followed it can cause devastating results. Whether you were injured in a motorcycle accident or truck accident, the attorneys of the McMahan Law Firm are ready to help you. We know that you may have numerous questions and are likely stressed over how your medical bills will be paid for, but when you contact our law office, you can trust that your case is in the hands of knowledgeable and experienced lawyers.

If you or a loved one has been injured, call our law office today at (423) 265-1100 or fill out our free consultation formWe are ready to help you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve for your injuries due to someone else’s careless actions. Don’t hesitate. Call our Tennessee car accident lawyers today.