September 2013 Archives

September 25, 2013

Two Recent Drownings Within Weeks In Separate East Tennessee Boating Accidents

Summer has officially come to an end and fall is now upon us. While the summer boating season is coming to a close, two very recent drownings from boating accidents in East Tennessee highlight the need to continue following safe boating practices.

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According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, an Ohio man drowned at Cove Lake State Park in late September. The victim and another man had been enjoying a day of fishing on a rented boat. The victim quickly stood up in the boat, causing it to capsize; the victim fell overboard and drowned. The other man in the boat was able to swim to safety.

Additionally on September 13, The Daily Times reported that a Maryville man also fell overboard while boating near Tellico Dam. The victim in this accident was standing near the bow of the boat when he fell overboard. A cable near the bow had been reported as loose, which may have been the cause of the accident. The boat was empty and ran aground on some rocks until a witness on the shoreline shut off the engine.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency ("TWRA") is investigating both drownings. There is no indication whether either of the drowning victims were wearing approved flotation devices.

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September 18, 2013

Knoxville Sheriff's Office Participates in Texting While Driving Campaign

On September 19th, the Knox County Sheriff's Office took part in the "It Can Wait" campaign during the national "Drive 4 Pledges Day." The Sheriff's Office set up and tended a "Drive 4 Pledges Day" booth on the Knoxville Market Square mall.

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"Drive 4 Pledges Day" is a national campaign bringing awareness to the dangers of car accidents caused by texting while driving.

The event, sponsored by AT&T wireless and supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation, encourages drivers to take a pledge to never text and drive. The pledge not to text and drive can be made at http://www.itcanwait.com. The Knox County sheriff even tweeted a picture of himself signing the pledge.

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September 11, 2013

How Facts In A Knoxville Murder Case May Apply To A Civil Wrongful Death Lawsuit.

Many in Tennessee are unaware that they may also bring civil lawsuits when they are the victims of criminal activity. Family members or estates can even pursue wrongful death claims when they have suffered the loss of a loved one due to a criminal homicide.
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The Knoxville News Sentinel and other media outlets have been reporting on a tragic story where a Knox County School security officer shot and killed his neighbor in Union County. The shooting was the result of a three year long feud between the neighbors. They and their families had previously filed many actions against each other including assault, disorderly conduct, filing a false report, criminal trespass, stalking, and several protection orders.

The security officer involved in the shooting has been arrested and charged with homicide and will likely face a criminal trial. However, it is also possible that the facts in the homicide could apply to wrongful death lawsuit in a civil court.

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September 4, 2013

Fatal Knoxville ATV Crashes Prompt Urgent Safety Reminders

Two recent fatal crashes in Knoxville involving all-terrain vehicles - one of those claiming the life of a 4-year-old - are sad reminders that use of these machines are to be treated with the same care and caution we afford other types of motor vehicles.
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Although they are smaller, they can be unquestionably just as dangerous.

As a parent, there is no greater loss than that of a child. Devastation doesn't begin to describe the depths of it, no matter what the circumstances. However, what has the potential to worsen the blow is when it was entirely preventable. That may have been the case here.

Officials in Kingsport say the child was playing around an ATV that was parked in the yard of a residence. In the course of his play, he reportedly pushed and pulled the machine and was able to dislodge it from where it was parked. He was standing in front of the machine as it began to roll down a hill toward the house, which was located at the bottom of the hill. The child then became pinned in between the ATV and the home, suffering injuries that ultimately proved fatal.

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