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Are punitive damages available in TN car wreck cases?

The purpose of punitive damages today is not to compensate the plaintiff but rather, to reprimand the offender and to discourage the offender and others from committing comparable wrongs in the future. The Tennessee courts are in the habit of awarding punitive damages in select car wreck cases, but not all. If you sustained serious injuries in a Tennessee automobile collision, you may wish for the courts to punish the defendant by forcing him or her to pay you punitory damages. Whether or not they will do so depends on a number of factors.

Viral challenge leads to car wreck

Online “challenges” that go viral can be fun for many people in Tennessee and elsewhere, especially the younger crowd. These such challenges have become a part of popular culture in the United States, and they are frequently posted online for others’ amusement. However, it is important to use common sense when participating in a viral challenge. Many of these activities, such as the notorious “Tide Pod challenge,” have resulted in injuries.

What are common injuries for different crashes?

As a driver in Tennessee, you understand that there are plenty of risks to sharing the road with other cars. Crashes are a major risk, and each type of crash comes with its own set of common injuries. At the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC, we're here to help illuminate the differences.

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Tennessee residents have much to look forward to in the month of December, from going to holiday office parties to spending time with their family and friends. A serious injury in a drunk driving crash should never be one of the memorable events of the holiday season.

Car wrecks and catastrophic burns

At the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates PLLC in Tennessee, many of our clients have received serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Should you suffer burns in a fiery crash, these are some of the most catastrophic injuries that car wrecks produce.

Combating driver's fatigue

Drivers in Tennessee may have experienced driver's fatigue before, as it is actually a fairly common phenomenon. Unfortunately, it's also a potentially dangerous one, and it isn't addressed as frequently as other dangerous driving behaviors even though it can be just as damaging.

Consumers worried about self-driving tech after fatal injury

New technology can be amazing and life-changing, but in some cases, innovation may seem frightening and life-threatening. In recent months, the rapidly progressing technology involving self-correcting and autonomous vehicles has inspired emotions in residents of Tennessee and elsewhere that range from intrigued and excited to doubtful and apprehensive. Many people have questioned the safety of vehicles that can pilot themselves without the assistance of human drivers.

The Number of Car Wrecks In the United States Continues To Rise

The National Safety Council reports that 40,200 people died in motor vehicle Wrecks across the United States in 2016. That is a six percent increase over the fatalities in 2015. The number of fatalities in 2015 was seven percent higher than the 2014 traffic deaths. The two-year increase resulted in the highest number of automobile-related deaths in a single year since 2007. The year with the highest number of motor vehicle-related deaths was 1973.

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