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Campbell County rear-end collision attorney

Tennessee has many rules of the road, which all drivers must learn before obtaining their driver’s license. However, not every motorist obeys all the traffic laws, and violations of these laws can lead to car accidents, which can cause serious bodily harm. Drivers should stay far enough behind the vehicle ahead of them that they will be able to stop in time to avoid colliding with that vehicle. In addition, Tennessee law states that drivers should not follow other vehicles "more closely than is reasonable and prudent." Not keeping this amount of distance is called “tailgating,” which can be charged as a Class C misdemeanor in Tennessee. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, tailgaters could face more charges if their actions cause a collision.

What Types of Injuries Can be Caused by Tailgating?

If a car follows another vehicle too closely, a driver risks hitting the car in front of him or her if that car slams on the brakes. The most common collision when a tailgater is involved is a rear-end collision. Even though this type of crash does not seem like it could seriously hurt a driver or his or her passengers, it can cause multiple types of injuries, such as:

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Campbell County car accident lawyer

Here in the United States, rear-end collisions occur more frequently than any other type of collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end crashes make up approximately 29 percent of all annual car accidents. In many of these instances, rear-end collisions cause severe injuries, ranging from whiplash to brain trauma and spinal cord damage. These types of injuries often come with significant medical bills and potential loss of work hours. Due to the monetary ramifications of a rear-end collision, it is important to secure injury compensation. Below we will explore the steps you need to take so you receive the financial compensation you deserve. 

Establishing Accident Liability

For a successful personal injury claim, it must be established that another driver was responsible for the collision. In the vast majority of rear-end collisions, the negligent party is the rear-vehicle driver. The most common form of negligence leading to a rear-end collision is driver inattention. Distracted driving is prevalent these days, especially texting while driving. Driver inattention can also be a result of fatigued driving or driving under the influence of alcohol. In any case, the odds of a rear-end wreck also increase if a driver maintains an unsafe following distance (tailgating).

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Jacksboro TN rear end accident lawyerEarly this October, a rear-end collision on New Highway 68 ultimately resulted in the hospitalization of five travelers. The accident occurred when a Volkswagen Jetta was rear-ended by a Volkswagen Beetle. Due to the momentum of the collision, the Jetta was pushed into the other lane and collided with a Toyota Avalon. Two people involved in the collision were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The other three injured passengers were rushed to the Sweetwater Hospital. While no one was fatally injured, the accident reminds us of the dangerous implications of rear-end collisions. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, you should contact medical personnel as quickly as possible and seek out legal representation. 

Rear-End Collisions Throughout the United States 

While some people think of rear-end collisions as minor, these types of car accidents can be incredibly serious. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), more than 2,200 Americans were killed in rear-end collisions throughout 2015 alone. An additional 556,000 Americans were injured in rear-end accidents. Although rear-end collisions only account for approximately 6% of all fatal injuries in motor vehicle collisions, they make up a staggering 32% of all crash injuries. 

Common Rear-End Collision Injuries

Rear-end collisions often cause injuries that result in chronic pain and costly physical therapy. When someone’s vehicle is struck from behind, they usually do not see the impact coming and are unable to brace for the collision, making spinal injuries likely. 

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