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Honoring Heroes: Celebrating Those Who Serve Eastern Tennessee

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There are men and women in our state who run toward accidents, not away from them. They are the ones who are there when we need help the most. Firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians are brave individuals who deserve our respect and our admiration. As personal injury lawyers in Knoxville, we’ve seen the aftermath of some of the worst accidents in the state, and we know that emergency responders are the reasons they aren’t worse. Last weekend was a celebration for public servants at Vanquish Worldwide’s “Honoring Our Heroes” event in Maryville. The Vanquish company specializes in security services and invited over 200 emergency and rescue agencies, including several in Knox County to the event. According to the president of Vanquish, “We want to be an example for not only our community and the state, but also the nation. It really is important that we show appreciation for the …

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Accident Lawyers Discuss Church Bus Accident Leaving Several Injured In Cleveland, TN

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Eastern Tennessee has had more than its fair share of bus accidents. While we’ve been getting steady updates on the tragic school bus accident that took the life of two students and a teacher’s aide in Knoxville, the area saw yet another major bus accident just last week. It’s a troubling trend for auto accident lawyers in Knoxville and certainly worth investigating. According to reports a small church bus from South Carolina was heading through our state for a week-long mission trip when it crashed in Cleveland, Tennessee. Details at this point are scarce. Like the other recent bus accidents, it could be weeks, even months, before an investigation sheds light onto exactly what happened. Early indicators seem to show that the bus went off the left side of the road and slammed into a culvert. The impact had enough force to send all sixteen kids and the bus driver to …

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Faulty Insurance Claims Hurt The Process | “This N That” In Chattanooga, TN

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Currently, we are celebrating recovering $6 million in just 6 weeks. Some of the battles we are having to fight, there’s a public perception that we are filing more lawsuits and the plaintiffs are the ones that are causing it to happen. We’re not the ones that are forcing lawsuits to be filed. The insurance companies are making small offers, sitting on their hands, barely paying their defense attorneys so they don’t care and forcing their insurance to be sued. It’s just about every case, everyone has insurance behind but you just can’t say that it’s involved. Here’s an example, a pot smoking minor busts through an intersection and hits the victim head on, causes them $21,000 in medical expenses. What do you think their offer was, $23,500. That’s a whopping $2,500 for a head on collision. Nobody in their right mind would ever take that. But they’re hoping that …

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Boating Accidents And Claims | ‘This N That’ In Chattanooga, TN

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There is no requirement in the State of Tennessee for there to be insurance on a watercraft. It’s the easiest thing in the world to buy a boat and put it in the water and have a great time. People don’t really realize what risks they’re putting themselves in. You’re not only putting trust in yourself, but the others that are with you. There’s no requirement for insurance and people think a lot of times that their homeowners insurance is going to cover them on their own boat. Words of wisdom is to always assume that the boat you are getting on doesn’t have insurance and isn’t able to take care of you if you are injured on the vessel. People assume that their homeowners insurance will cover a jet ski and it doesn’t. There is usually a horsepower limitations in their policies. So if they plan on buying a …

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Knoxville Auto Accident Lawyers Discuss Tennessee Bus Driver Was Texting At Time Of Deadly Wreck

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We’ve often discussed the dangers of texting and driving here on our blog. These warnings are often directed at young drivers, those who have just gotten their license or who have only had it for a few years. That’s because as Knoxville auto accident lawyers, we know these are the drivers most likely to engage in this dangerous activity, but we’ve also been around long enough to know they aren’t the only ones. For good reason, we’ve spent a lot of time discussing the terrible bus accident that took the lives of two students and a teacher’s aide last year. Our readers, the families affected, and the Eastern Tennessee community as a whole deserve to know exactly what happened, and it seems some troubling developments have been revealed. The investigation into the crash found that the bus driver had sent and received multiple text messages shortly before his bus collided …

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Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft

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How does identity theft happen? It’s happening on a large scale and it’s happening more and more from beyond our borders. Everyone has a fear of, “can it happen to me?” Yes it can happen to anyone. Number 1, never leave anything in your mailbox for longer than it has to because they have those prepaid credit cards in there and will get personal information. They send out fake emails asking for personal information, and they call with fake surveys asking for personal information posing as IRS agents or whoever. When it comes to protecting yourself what can you do? One of the biggest things is, using your information, and take out a loan somewhere else in the country. There are 3 main credit reporting entities in this country. You can call them and put a freeze on your own credit reports, and that keeps anyone from pulling your credit …

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Discussing Workers’ Comp | ‘This N That’ In Chattanooga, TN

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What is workers’ comp? If you’re hurt in Tennessee on the job, and you work at a place that has more than 5 employees, your employee has insurance for workers compensation. The best way to think about that is, if you go back historically and you were hurt on the job, you may have had some lawsuit prior to workers compensation if they were negligent and they hurt you. The flip side to that is if you’re negligent and you get hurt, you can still get workers’ compensation benefits. So the amount of damages are limited but it’s easier to go after the damages and definitely easier to get the medical treatment if it is a workplace injury. There are several distinct types of benefits, the most important benefit is the medical benefits. You get to pick your doctor, normally the employer will give you a panel of doctors, generally …

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Man Charged After Using His Vehicle As A Weapon In Eastern Tennessee

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When a negligent person is behind the wheel of a car, it’s a dangerous situation for everyone. If someone is distracted or intoxicated they could cause an auto accident that could change a person’s life forever, and the driver might not even know they did it. Now imagine that the person behind the wheel is trying to injure someone else, and you get the idea of how dangerous a vehicle can truly be. That seemed to be the case when a man ran down his girlfriend and another man in Cocke County last month. It took place at a local gas station where the driver, believed to be intoxicated, hit his girlfriend with his car causing minor injuries. He then continued through the gas station parking lot where he struck a bystander and injured the man’s ankle. According to the police report, “[The driver] put several people in danger of …

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Tragic Irony: Man Accused In Deadly Wreck Killed In Accident One Month Later

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As accident lawyers in Knoxville, we talk a lot of about justice on our blog. The Insiders at the McMahan Law Firm are dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with those who are fighting for justice, so that you’ll have the confidence to fight yourself if you’re ever injured by negligence. Those that are injured by others deserve closure. Those that hurt them deserve to be punished. But that punishment should be in the courtroom, not on the streets. One month ago, a man was indicted after causing a wrong-way accident on Interstate 64. According to that indictment, the man “wantonly caused the death of [another] by operating a motor vehicle the wrong way on… [I-64] while under the influence of alcohol.” According to reports, the man was driving the wrong way day I-64 when he slammed into another car and took that driver’s life. He was facing charges of second-degree …

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School Honors Those Lost In Knoxville Bus Accident With Tree-Planting Ceremony

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It’s been over half a year since a bus accident in Knox County took the lives of two children and a teacher’s aide. The community still mourns the loss, however, and will be forever affected by the terrible tragedy. As auto accident lawyers in Knoxville, we know that these events won’t leave the minds of the community anytime soon, if ever. The school that was affected is making sure to honor those lost by holding a tree-planting ceremony in their memory. According to the husband of the teacher’s aide who lost her life, “It’s a special day to honor my wife and the two young ladies just to have them honored and the trees planted in honor of them, it gives closure and lets me know how much the community actually thought about my wife.” Along with the trees, a mural has been painted portraying the bubbly spirit of the …

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Liability Misconceptions For Property Owners | ‘This N That’ In Chattanooga, Tn

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We’re clearing up misconceptions about liabilities for property owners. In Tennessee, a landowner has a general duty of general or reasonable care to anyone that enters their land. There’s a misconception that if you are hurt on someone else’s property that they are automatically responsible for that injury and that’s just not true. So it’s similar to a driver in a car, we have a duty not to rear-end the guy in front of us. Premises owners have a duty of care, and there’s sort of a test that goes into that, and it’s a balancing. If it’s something they can correct quickly, that’s one part, and how extensive are the damages. A slip and fall are a very specific type of premises case. And the insurance companies have made the public think that all of these cases are called slip and fall cases. There’s a connotation centration that people …

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Rage In Court: Knoxville Road Rage Case Goes To Trial

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There are some misconceptions about road rage. Road rage isn’t just gritting teeth, honking a horn, maybe some obscene hand gestures. Road rage can be very dangerous, even deadly, and as injury lawyers in Knoxville, we know that those who let road rage get the best of them can end up behind bars for a long time. In December of 2013, a man was arrested in Knox County. He was connected to a shooting that stemmed from a simple accident. The man backed into two motorcycle riders and then drove off. The bikers followed the man back to his home, and that’s where the motorist grabbed a gun and opened fire on the riders. That incident has now gone to trial and both defendant and victims are speaking out. The motorcyclists claim they were trying to identify the man who was responsible for a blatant hit-and-run. Their attempt ended with …