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Can I File a Personal Injury Claim For a Rear-End Car Accident in Tennessee?

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rear end accidnet lawyerCar accidents occur every day in the United States, accounting for millions of injuries and tens of thousands of deaths each year. One of the most common types of car accidents is rear-end accidents. In a rear-end accident, at least two vehicles are involved. Most of the time, rear-end accidents occur when one vehicle is stopped and another vehicle comes along behind them and collides with the rear end of the stopped vehicle. Many rear-end accidents cause injuries that could have lifelong consequences and noticeably impact that person’s life. Thankfully, some rear-end accident injuries may allow you to file a personal injury claim against the other vehicle in Tennessee. 

Rear-End Accidents in America

Car accidents are extremely common in the United States. According to information compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 6.7 million car accidents were reported to law enforcement in 2019. Of those, nearly 2.2 million (or about 32 percent) of those accidents were rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions are notorious for causing some sort of damage, whether to the drivers involved or their vehicles. Even though the majority of rear-end collisions result in property damage only, the NHTSA states that nearly 600,000 of the rear-end accidents that occurred in 2019 involved some sort of physical injury to the drivers involved.

Who is At Fault?

Most of the time, rear-end car accidents are fairly straightforward as far as liability goes. In most cases, the rear vehicle that collides into the other vehicle is at fault for the accident. A few common scenarios that demonstrate fault on the rear vehicle are:

  • You are stopped at a traffic light, but the vehicle behind you jumps the gun when the light turns green, slamming into the back of you.

  • You begin to slow down to stop at a traffic light, but the vehicle behind you did not anticipate your stop, as they planned to drive through the yellow light.

  • You slow down for traffic on a highway, but the vehicle behind you does not realize you are slowing down and collides into the rear of your vehicle.

However, you can also be at least partially at fault for a rear-end accident in some cases. For example, if you do not use your turn signals when turning or if your brake lights do not work, you could be found to be partially at fault. Another example is “brake checking,” or suddenly slamming on your brakes when there is another vehicle behind you.

Discuss Your Situation With Our Jacksboro, TN Car Accident Injury Lawyer

Rear-end accidents can be devastating. Not only can you suffer from severe injuries, you may also face extensive vehicle damage, depending on the circumstances surrounding the event. If you or a loved one has been in a rear-end car accident, you should speak to our Campbell County rear-end car accident injury attorney. At the The Law Office of William F. Evans, we will help you hold the person responsible for the accident accountable for their actions by getting you the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 423-449-7980.

Sources:

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/facts-about-rear-end-accidents#:~:text=Statistics%20provided%20by%20the%20Insurance,fatalities%20involving%20two%2Dvehicle%20collisions.

https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-highway-safety

https://cdan.dot.gov/SASStoredProcess/guest

 

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