Rear-End Auto Accidents
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When two vehicles are heading in the same direction and the following vehicle strikes the rear of the vehicle ahead of it, it is known as a rear-end accident. Commonly, these accidents occur in stop-and-go traffic, near intersections and driveways, or other locations where vehicles may be braking and accelerating quickly. Rear-end accidents can also occur on highways and freeways when traffic slows unexpectedly, one driver is distracted, or a driver misjudges the distance between them and another car while merging. These collisions can lead to serious multi-car pileups, which can injure many people.
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Who Is Liable For Rear-End Accidents?
When it comes to liability, rear-end accidents can be especially complex and confusing. Frequently, these accidents occur when the following car is tailgating or doesn’t brake in time to avoid a collision, but the lead car may be held liable in some cases. These situations include:
- The lead driver’s brake light aren’t working properly, and the accident could have been prevented if they were.
- The lead driver swerves in front of another driver, especially if they force the other driver to slam on their brakes to prevent a crash.
- The lead driver reverses into the following car at a stop or in a parking lot, especially when the following car was completely stopped.
Tennessee operates under a modified comparative negligence law, which means that both parties can be held partially liable for the accident. What this means is that the judge or jury will determine both drivers’ responsibility for the accident as a percentage, and they are permitted to seek that much less damages.
For instance, if the lead driver cut off the following driver, but the following driver was distracted and didn’t react quickly enough, they will each be rewarded a percentage of the blame. Let’s say the following driver was found to be 30% at fault for the accident. This means that they will be able to claim 70% of the value of their claim. Applying this to a claim value of $10,000, the following driver would be able to receive $7,000.
There is an exception to the rule above, however. If a driver is found to be at fault for 50% or more of the liability, you will not be able to claim compensation. Because the lead driver was liable for 70% of the accident, they cannot claim any compensation.
What Injuries Occur in Rear-End Accidents?
Like any other type of car accident, the types of injuries sustained are dependent on a number of factors, such as the speed and angle of the impact, safety devices in the vehicles, the age and health of the occupants, and more.
Some common injuries include:
- Bruising, strained muscles, and sprains
- Lacerations, cuts, and scrapes
- Broken bones
- Back and spinal injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Facial trauma
Injured? Our Memphis Auto Accident Lawyers Can Help – (901) 209-5500
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, we understand the difficulties you may be facing. Auto accident claims are notoriously complex, and rear-end accidents are especially difficult to resolve. With more than a century of collective experience, our Memphis car wreck attorneys have the experience, insight, and knowledge to see you through every step of your case. At Donati Law, PLLC, we are passionate about providing personalized client care and expert legal services. Schedule a consultation to discuss your case with our personal injury team and learn how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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