25. October 2017 · Comments Off on How to Drive Around a Roundabout · Categories: Car Accident · Tags: ,

How to Drive Around a Roundabout

Roundabouts are low speed traffic control devices. They are increasingly common throughout Tennessee located on busy thoroughfares and neighborhoods. Studies show these circular intersections decrease car accidents and traffic congestion. That is great news, but many drivers still do not know how to safely navigate a roundabout. The resulting fear from a first experience can cause roundabout car accidents.Traffic Circle

Approaching & Entering Roundabouts

When approaching a roundabout stay in your lane. The roundabout center is called ‘The Island’ and may be grass, concrete or yellow pavement with directional arrows for traffic control. The island’s purpose is to direct traffic counter-clockwise. Before entering, yield to vehicles already in the roundabout circle. Standard right of way defensive driving procedures are encouraged. Observe traffic control arrows and other vehicles. Once a safe gap in oncoming traffic is available enter the roundabout. Do not stop unless directed to do so by a stop sign, signals, police officer or to avoid an accident. Maintain a slow speed until exiting the circle first indicating your exit with your right turn signal. Do not change lanes unless you are avoiding a collision. If your exit is missed continue around the circle again to depart to your intended street. Watch for pedestrians in or approaching any crosswalks upon your departure.

Roundabout Right of Way

In Tennessee the person who is already in the traffic circle has the right of way. All other drivers must stop and wait before pulling into a roundabout. Drivers who attempt to cut ahead causing an auto accident are likely liable for the accident and any resulting property damage or personal injuries. Establishing the right of way is key in determining fault and legal liability after any car accident. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer to determine your rights after a roundabout auto accident.

 

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14. September 2017 · Comments Off on Do I need to hire a lawyer after a car accident? · Categories: Car Accident Lawyer Tennessee · Tags:

Do I need to hire a lawyer after a car accident?

Everyone has the right to represent themself after a Car Accident or other personal injury. This is called proceeding ‘Pro Se which is Latin meaning “for oneself”. At first self representation may seem attractive because without a personal injury lawyer you will have zero Attorney Fees. This perceived savings, like most other discounts, likely comes with a trade off: Less compensation. Abraham Lincoln said ‘He who represents himself has a fool for a client.’

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Why You Need a Car Accident Lawyer

Without an experienced injury attorney handling your auto accident case your are unlikely to receive the complete compensation you deserve. This is true regardless of how strong your case may be or how serious your personal injuries impact your life. Liability insurance adjusters and in house attorneys are skilled at their profession. Those representing themselves do not have the same access to information and resources naturally providing the at fault driver with a natural advantage in your personal injury case.

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4 Reasons why you should not handle your own personal injury case:

1. You don’t know what you don’t know. Countless hours searching the internet, attending free consultations and talking with your wisest confidants will not replace experience representing personal injury victims. Obtaining evidence to prove your case, making sure the evidence is admissible at trial and what type of evidence is necessary can change based upon the type of auto accident you were involved in. Simply producing medical records and bills may not be enough to prove your damages and does not necessarily prove the other person caused your injuries.

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29. May 2017 · Comments Off on Land Owner Liability · Categories: Premises Liability Attorney · Tags: , ,

Land Owner Liability: Guest Classifications

Land owners are not insurers of their guest’s safety, but do have a responsibility of maintaining their property in reasonably safe condition. This includes temporary hazards like a wet floor or a snow-covered sidewalk. The landowner’s standard of care (expected behavior) is based upon the legal status of the person visiting the property. Failing to meet the expected behavior may attach liability for personal injuries occurring on the owner’s land. Contact Premises Liability Lawyer George Angelopoulos to explore your options after injuries sustained from a slip and fall, trip, shelf collapse or other personal injury on someone else’s property. Call 615-422-7171, initiate a live chat or complete the Contact Form to schedule a FREE consultation.

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Invitees

‘Invitees’ are visitors entering a property for a business purpose, such as customers in a grocery store or guests in a restaurant. Visitors who have a purpose to benefit the landowner are owed the highest duty of care. People or entities opening their property for business purposes must keep their premises free More »

12. March 2017 · Comments Off on Rideshare Accidents: Causes of Uber & Lyft Crashes · Categories: Car Accident, Injury Lawyer · Tags: , ,

Rideshare Accidents

We expect Uber, Lyft, and taxi drivers to abide by the laws and drive safely. This reasonable expectation is not always met. Unfortunately as the volume of rideshare passengers and drivers increase the number of rideshare accidents will also rise.

Causes of Rideshare Accidents

Uber, Lyft and other Rideshare service drivers work under significant demands to maximize their profitability and do not always use the safest driving methods to increase their income. Weaving through traffic, speeding, and reckless driving may occur to get customers delivered on time and making the driver available for the next fare. Surge pricing or premium fares during peak times contribute to this behavior.

Rideshare drivers only have a short period of time to accept a new fare before the potential passenger is claimed by another network driver. Uber and Lyft drivers stay active on their mobile devices so they don’t miss an opportunity. These distractions can lead to numerous types of car accidents and missed traffic signals which are in place to keep everyone safe. Tennessee seat belt laws don’t make it mandatory for backseat passengers to buckle up increasing the likelihood of serious passenger personal injuries.

Driving for more excessive lengths of time creates driver fatigue and slower response times to changing traffic conditions. Uber and Lyft don’t give their employees set schedules. The drivers determine how much or little they are active on the transportation network. When higher paychecks are the incentives some drivers will ignore commonsense safety rules. Drowsy driving is a leading cause of all Tennessee car accidents.

Driver sobriety is expected by passengers, but unfortunately sobriety cannot be guaranteed. Uber and Lyft drivers have been arrested under DUI charges on the job, and frequency seems to only increase as more people seek ways to increase their personal income. Generally, Uber and Lyft drivers are not professionals therefore are lacking extensive training further increasing collision rates.

Novice and seasoned rideshare drivers may be easily distracted by passengers in many ways. Questions about landmarks or general location confusion by the rideshare passenger are common for tourists. Uber and Lyft are well know as an alternative to drinking and driving. By this consequence a certain unknown percentage of rideshare passengers are intoxicated therefore may cause driver distractions by their inebriated actions.

Rideshare transportation networks are relatively new. Tennessee took significant steps in crafting laws to clarify the reality of our rideshare insurance problems, but this is only the safety net to insure injuries parties have adequate resources to receive compensation for their damages. If you or a loved one were involved with a rideshare accident call Personal Injury Attorney George Angelopoulos for a free consultation today.

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Insurance Policies: Coverage Summary

Understanding the various insurance policies in play after an auto accident can be overwhelming. Below are summaries of a few of the most common types of coverage.

Liability Insurance

Liability covers the damages and injuries sustained to other parties of an accident if you caused the collision. If you are determined to be at fault, then your liability insurance will cover the legal damages incurred by the other party. Tennessee requires minimum liability coverage in the amounts of:

  • $25,000 per person for each injury per accident
  • $50,000 per accident for all injuries
  • $15,000 per accident for property damage

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

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22. January 2017 · Comments Off on Hit and Run Accidents · Categories: Car Accident, Personal Injury · Tags:

Hit and Run Accidents

Hit and Run Accidents occur everyday. Automobile accidents are extremely costly: Medical bills, Lost time on the job, and Vehicle property damage all add up quickly. Generally this damage is covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. If you have been injured by an uninsured or unknown at-fault driver contact the Franklin Personal Injury Attorney for your free consultation.

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When you are injured by a hit and run driver and the driver is not able to be identified, then your own car insurance company will bear the financial responsibility. The recovery mechanism depends on whether you live in a fault or no-fault state.

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20. December 2016 · Comments Off on Texting and Driving · Categories: Car Accident, Personal Injury · Tags:

Digital Distractions: The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Instant text message communication is a part of our daily lives. Roughly nine-in-ten Americans own a cellphone and nearly two-thirds own a smartphone. One of the easiest and most convenient ways of communicating with someone is through text messages, as one can often text in situations where he or she might not be able to talk. Unfortunately, the ease of texting has resulted in the fairly common practice of texting while driving, which can be extremely dangerous.

Why is Texting and Driving So Dangerous?

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are three primary types of distractions that are particularly dangerous when driving. Firstly, there are visual distractions, where you take your eyes off of the road and look at something else. Secondly, there are cognitive distractions, where you stop focusing on the road and let your mind wander elsewhere. Finally, there are manual distractions, where you take your hands off of the road to do something else. Texting while driving illustrates is an extremely dangerous distraction from driving because a driver who texts experiences all three of these types of distractions at once.

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12. August 2014 · Comments Off on Car Accident Attorney Franklin TN · Categories: Car Accident, Personal Injury · Tags:

Car Accident Attorney Franklin TN

A common question Franklin Personal Injury Attorney George Angelopoulos receives is, “What to do after a car accident?” Car wrecks make unforgettable sounds and may have a lasting impact after the sheet metal is repaired. A state of instant shock or panic may result and these first valuable moments provide critical evidence to recover what negligent drivers took. Some of the important steps you will hopefully never need are discussed below.

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04. August 2014 · Comments Off on Car Accident: Breach of Duty · Categories: Franklin Lawyer, Franklin Personal Injury Attorney · Tags: ,

Car Accident: Breach of Duty

Tort is the body of law governing replacement of damage stripped from victims in Car Accidents and other personal injury cases. A few examples include car wrecks, slip and fall, dog bites, assault or battery. You need a Franklin Personal Injury Lawyer who will hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.

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What is recoverable from a Tennessee Car Accident?

The approach is to replace the damage with dollars. These dollars are awarded in settlement or judgement to be paid by negligent motorists or their insurance companies. In some cases compensation from your own automobile insurer can be obtained. Property, Personal, Economic, Non- Economic, and Emotional among other damages may be due from the party negligently impacting your life. Damages increase rapidly when medical bills, missed work, rental cars, property damage, and in some cases life altering injuries preventing future income and require recurring medical care occur.

If you even have a slight personal injury attempting settlement negotiation alone may be contrary to your best interests because not all recoverable damages may be known at the present time. Insurance companies are quick to settle for the lowest amount possible because money they keep results in profit for their stakeholders. Accident and personal injury attorneys add value in multiple ways. Selecting the right Franklin Personal Injury Lawyer is an important step in car accident litigation or settlement.

The Franklin Car Accident Attorney seeks to add value by offering consultation outside of the traditional working hours. You no longer need to lose additional income after your car accident. George will meet at any greater Nashville location, on weekends, and during evenings. Multiple office locations are available throughout Tennessee including Franklin, Nashville, Brentwood, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.

The insurance adjuster is a professional negotiator and is armed with legal council. Seeking to obtain the highest dollar amount to compensate for harm caused by negligent third parties is Attorney George Angelopoulos’s only goal. Level the playing field with dedicated and aggressive representation. George accepts Tennessee personal injury cases on a contingent basis.

This is Attorney Advertising and is not legal advice for your situation. Many factors could influence your case. No compensation guarantee is available.

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