There are few things worse than suffering serious injuries at the hands of another person. Knoxville residents can have their lives changed forever after another person causes a car collision. Fortunately, those injured by another person's actions have recourse available, as they can hold the other person accountable through a personal injury lawsuit.
According to reports, a Knoxville woman was tragically killed recently in a car crash. Reports says she suffered fatal injuries after a southbound van crossed into the northbound lane and struck the vehicle the woman was riding in at the time. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash, and multiple individuals were taken to the hospital after the incident. It remains unclear what caused the first car to veer into the other lane.
Car accidents are often caused by someone failing to follow the rules of the road. In negligence cases, the key is that a motorist failed to follow his or her duty of care. Traffic violations, distracted driving or other violations of the rules of the road can play a part in determining the driver's negligence. None of these violations need be intentional, however, as the concept of negligence does not revolve around intentional conduct.
Accordingly, even if a driver makes a simple mistake, such as failing to yield to another car because the driver was not looking, this conduct can support liability in a negligence action. Ultimately, whether the other driver's conduct was intentional or negligent, the injured person is still forced to suffer. However, by pursuing legal action against a negligent driver, some of this suffering may be lessened.
Source: WATE, "Knoxville woman killed, 3 injured in Oak Ridge crash," August 24, 2015