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$300,000 Settlement Recovered | Sevierville Car Accident on Chapman Highway

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Green, Waters Ogle and McCarter recovered $300,000 (full policy limits) for a client injured in a Sevierville car accident where a drunk driver crossed the yellow line on Chapman Highway hitting him head on. Such accidents occur with alarming frequency on Chapman Highway. Luckily, our client's family was not in the vehicle with him at the time of the...
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When is a vehicle considered a "total loss" after an accident in Tennessee?

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In Tennessee, a vehicle is considered a "total loss" if the repair estimate exceeds 75% of the retail market value as determined by the current published retail costs. TCA 55-3-211 (9)(A). If you are involved in a collision in Tennessee and your vehicle is determined to be a total loss, then the insurance company should use mileage, options, and...
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Car Accidents on Chapman Highway Result in 3 Fatalities in 2019

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Donnie Surber, 48, was killed in a car crash on Chapman Highway at Tipton Station Road in April 11th, 2019, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Isaac Lynn, 28, was injured in the crash. Lynn was driving North on Chapman Highway when he allegedly crossed the center divide into the southbound lanes striking Surber's vehicle head-on. Lynn was taken...
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Recent Sevier County Judgement | Rear-end Car Accident, Soft Tissue Injury

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This week our firm obtained a $15,000.00 judgement in Sevier County General Sessions Court on behalf of our client who suffered a back strain in a rear-end impact car accident. The trial took around 45 minutes and our client did an excellent job testifying honestly and accurately about his injury and related medical treatment. Our client had approximately $4,400.00...
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What is the Statute of Limitations For My Tennessee Personal Injury Case?

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A "statute of limitations" is a state law that sets a limit on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit to recover your damages related to a harm or loss you experienced because of someone else's negligence. In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases including injury-related car accident lawsuits is one year from...
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My Vehicle Was a Total Loss: How Long will the Insurance Company Pay for My Rental Car?

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In Tennessee, the at-fault driver is not required to provide you with a rental car if your vehicle is a "total loss". Prewitt v. Brown 525 S.W.3d, 616 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2017). Despite this case law, many insurance companies covering at-fault drivers in Tennessee will still pay for a rental car after an accident so our advice is to...
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Real Life "Frogger" Competition to be Held in Local Crosswalks

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As a child of the 80's, I spent no small amount of time playing what is a now-classic video game called Frogger, the object of which was to navigate a hapless frog across many lanes of busy traffic and across a river to a safe point, at which point you had "won" that round and moved on to a...
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I Will See Your Citation and Raise You One Middle Finger

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A Minnesota case made headlines recently for a federal district court ruling which essentially reaffirmed the long-held rule that rude speech is still free speech and thus protected by the First Amendment. The case came about because Debra Lee Cruise-Gulyas was initially pulled over for speeding by Officer Matthew Minard, who elected to cut her a break by issuing...
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Sevierville Ranks #1 in the Region for Pedestrian Crashes

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Tennessee is ranked #12 in the top 20 most dangerous states for pedestrians. Based on population, Sevierville has the highest crash rate in the region, followed by Knoxville and Alcoa. https://knoxtrans.org/news/2017/130/Pedestrian-and-Bicyclist-Crash-Facts.pdf. Overview of Pedestrian Crashes in Sevierville from November 2010- March 2018 Between November of 2010 and March of 2018, there were 99 crashes involving either pedestrians or bicyclists. This...
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WHY YOU SHOULD SUBMIT THE MEDICAL BILLS FROM YOUR CAR ACCIDENT TO YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE ASAP

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"The bottom line is to submit the medical bills from your car accident case to your group health insurance carriers for immediate payment."...
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