Rear-end collisions are a common occurrence in Tennessee, and they are almost always avoidable. Rear-end collisions can cause not only significant property damage, but also substantial harm and even death. If you suffered injuries due to a rear-end collision, you have a right to seek compensation from the driver that caused your accident. Eric Beasley is a knowledgeable Nashville car accident lawyer who can assist you in pursuing whatever damages you may be owed following your accident. Mr. Beasley has an office in Goodlettsville, and he regularly represents people in car accident lawsuits in cities throughout Middle Tennessee.Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions
Under the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Code, all drivers are prohibited from following the vehicle in front of them more closely than is prudent and reasonable when considering the condition of the road, the traffic traveling the road, and the speed of the vehicles. Not all drivers adhere to this rule, however, and accidents occur as a result. In many instances, drivers will be distracted by their phones or GPS systems and will fail to notice a vehicle in front of them until it is too late. Or, a driver may be traveling too fast for weather conditions and will be unable to stop in time due to a slippery roadway. Rear-end collisions can also be caused by drivers who simply follow the car in front of them too closely.Elements of a Car Accident Lawsuit
In most lawsuits that arise out of a car accident, the injured party, who is referred to as the plaintiff, will allege that the driver who caused the accident, who is known as the defendant, was negligent and therefore should be held accountable for any harm caused by the accident. In Tennessee, to prove a defendant is liable under a theory of negligence, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to act with reasonable care, the duty was breached, and the breach proximately caused the plaintiff to suffer actual harm. In other words, the plaintiff must show that the accident would not have happened absent the breach, and that the breach substantially caused the accident. In a case arising out of a rear-end collision, the injured party can argue that the defendant was negligent due to the failure to abide by the laws regarding the safe operation of a motor vehicle. A dedicated injury attorney can help you determine which arguments may be most successful in your case.Damages Recoverable Following a Rear-End Collision
In many rear-end collision cases, the defendant will not dispute liability but will argue that the plaintiff did not suffer any harm as a result of the accident. In such instances, it is important for the plaintiff to document any medical treatment for the injuries sustained in the accident, as well as any out of pocket expenses. In some cases, it may be necessary to engage an accident reconstructionist as well to prove the way in which the accident caused the plaintiff's harm.
If a plaintiff successfully proves the defendant is liable and that the accident caused quantifiable harm, the judge or jury may award the plaintiff compensation for the cost of any medical treatment, as well as damages for lost wages if the injuries rendered him or her unable to work. Additionally, the plaintiff may be awarded damages for the pain and suffering caused by the accident. If the plaintiff was married when the accident occurred, his or her spouse might also be able to recover damages.Speak With a Skilled Car Accident Lawyer in Nashville
Rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries and property damage. If you were injured in a car accident, you can speak with legal counsel about your options for seeking damages. Eric Beasley is a seasoned accident attorney who will zealously pursue the full amount of damages you may be owed. Mr. Beasley has an office in Goodlettsville, and he routinely represents people in car accident cases in Nashville as well as in Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville. He also assists parties in cities in Davidson, Robertson, Sumner, Wilson, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties, and throughout Middle Tennessee. Mr. Beasley can be contacted at (800) 431-2768 or via the online form to schedule a confidential and free meeting to discuss your case.