Rear-end car crashes occur when one vehicle slams into the back end of another. They can happen at stoplights, on freeways, and even while parked and can range from mild to serious. As a driver, you should understand why and how rear-end wrecks happen, common resulting injuries, and Tennessee’s modified comparative fault law.
Why Rear-End Crashes Happen
Many times, you won’t see a rear-end crash coming, and you can’t control the actions of another driver. However, you can help prevent causing them by remembering certain factors and staying more engaged while driving. These factors could include:
- Tailgating. When you drive too closely behind another vehicle, you don’t give yourself enough time or distance in case you need to make a sudden stop. You sacrifice perception and reaction times. You should always create a safety cushion by keeping at least two seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Driver Negligence. A rear-end crash can occur if a driver is drunk, drugged, distracted, reckless, speeding, or otherwise inattentive.
- Poor Weather. Slippery roads or roads obstructed with snow or branches can cause a driver to make a sudden stop. Drive cautiously in bad weather to avoid having to brake abruptly.
Rear-End Crashes Cause Serious Injury
Although it’s possible for a victim to walk away with little or no injury, rear-end accidents can also inflict temporary, long-term, and even permanent injuries. Common injuries resulting from rear-end accidents include:
- Minor or major whiplash
- Internal bleeding
- Brain trauma
- Broken bones
Fault Law in Tennessee
Tennessee uses a modified comparative fault rule when determining liability in a car accident. If the person seeking damages is also partly at fault for the crash, the amount he can recover is reduced to reflect his responsibility for the accident. So, if you were determined to be 30% at fault and would normally receive $100,000, you’d be eligible for $70,000 in damages. However, this only applies if your share of the fault is 50% or less. Tennessee law bars any driver who contributed 50% or more to the cause of the crash from recovering for his damages through the other driver’s insurance or a civil lawsuit. Thus, how you use evidence to prove your share of liability can have a drastic impact on your recovery.
Put Your Case in an Attorney’s Hands
If you’re concerned about recovering adequately for injuries you suffered in a rear-end collision, it’s important to contact the team at The Holton Law Firm. We can review your case and help you understand how to maximize your recovery. Speak with one of our representatives by calling us today.