Rear-end collisions are a daily occurrence in Tennessee. We see them on our way to and from work, often viewing these accidents as a traffic inconvenience. However, when people are driving aggressively or traveling at a high rate of speed, a rear-end collision can cause significant injuries to the victims involved. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC assist victims injured in serious accidents with pursuing legal remedies against the responsible parties. Severe injuries come with quickly rising expenses for medical treatment, rehabilitation, and sometimes planning for an altered lifestyle. Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that people liable for such harm are held accountable and that victims receive the compensation that they need to heal. If you have been injured, or if a loved one has died, as a result of a rear-end collision, contact an experienced injury attorney at our firm to discuss your potential legal claims.Dangerous Rear-End Collisions in Tennessee
Rear-end collisions are cited as the most common type of car accident in the U.S., according to the National Safety Council. Over 2.5 million rear-end accidents are reported each year. A rear-end collision refers to when one vehicle hits another from behind, and it can also involve multi-vehicle accidents if there is a chain reaction effect. Many different factors can contribute to causing a rear-end collision, including driver distractions, tailgating, speeding, and other careless actions behind the wheel. Whiplash is the most common injury associated with a rear-end accident, but a victim can experience other serious injuries as well, such as spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and lacerations or burns from airbag deployment. When another person’s negligence has caused an accident, he or she can be held liable in a personal injury claim.
Often, fault in rear-end collisions lies with the driver in the vehicle striking the lead vehicle from behind, either for failing to leave enough stopping distance between the cars, changing lanes with too little space, or failing to notice the car in front stopping. Legally, to show negligence, a victim’s attorney must establish that the defendant has breached an owed duty to act reasonably given the circumstances, that the breach has caused injuries, and that damages resulted. For example, a driver who is tailgating another vehicle would likely be found unreasonable and at fault for an accident. In some cases, the driver of the lead vehicle could be partly responsible as well, such as when a driver stops suddenly without warning to other drivers. Under Tennessee’s modified comparative fault laws, even victims who are partially at fault for a collision can recover damages from another liable party, as long as a victim is not determined to be 50 percent or more responsible for causing the accident.
After negligence is established, victims can receive damages for property loss, past and future medical costs, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and, in some situations, pain and suffering. Many of these cases require a careful investigation into the circumstances leading up to a collision, as well as preparation of evidence such as accident reconstruction and expert testimony.
After fatal rear-end collisions, moreover, certain family members may file a wrongful death action on a victim’s behalf. Surviving spouses, parents, or children may be reimbursed for burial and funeral expenses, as well as being awarded damages such as loss of consortium.Discuss Your Potential Case with a Car Crash Lawyer in Nashville
When rear-end collisions cause serious injuries, insurance coverage is often not enough to cover the costs of recovery, making legal action necessary to ensure that victims get the financial support that they need. The motor vehicle accident attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC offer skilled and experienced legal representation to people injured due to another driver’s negligence. Our firm assists people throughout Davidson and Williamson Counties, including in Nashville, Franklin, Belle Meade, Charlotte, and Sylvan Park. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, and you need legal advice regarding your options, contact our office online or at 615-800-7096 to find out how we can help.