Chattanooga Rear-End Car Accidents
Tennessee Lawyers Representing Auto Accident Victims in Chattanooga
Rear-end accidents are common. Every year, close to 6,000,000 people are involved in car wrecks across the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most of those wrecks involve rear-end collisions. The Chattanooga car accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have experience representing injured victims, and we have the knowledge and resources at our disposal to properly assess your case and develop a strategy towards your recovery. Common injuries after a rear-end car accident may include whiplash, disc injuries, broken bones, and head trauma. Extreme situations can result in a wrongful death. With over 30 attorneys and a large dedicated support staff, our firm can handle complex litigation while providing clients with the individual attention they need and deserve.
Obtaining Fair Compensation When You Are Rear-Ended By Another Driver
Recovering damages after an auto accident seems simple enough until you start dealing with the insurance company. Whether it is the at-fault party’s insurance company or your very own uninsured motorist carrier, an adjuster may take steps to lessen what they would otherwise be required to pay. They may try to downplay the impact between the two vehicles, claim the medical treatment you sustained was not necessary, and try to place some, if not all, of the blame on you. It is important to contact a car accident attorney in the Chattanooga area soon after your accident happens to minimize the effects of these tactics.
Tennessee law places the burden of proof on the party seeking damages in a car wreck case. Elements that must be established include:
- Duty: You will need to prove that the at-fault party owed you a duty to drive safely. In Tennessee, drivers generally owe all others on the road, including pedestrians and cyclists, a duty to behave reasonably.
- Breach of that duty: On most occasions, the breach occurs when the at-fault party violates a traffic law or safety ordinance, such as violating the speed limit.
- Causation: This element includes proving direct and proximate causation.
- Damages: You must be able to prove that you suffered actual damages.
For example, on your annual trip to Chickamauga Lake, let’s say someone following too closely rear-ended you. As a result, you suffered a concussion and lower back pain and had to be transported to Kindred Hospital Chattanooga at 709 Walnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Here, negligence can be established by showing the at-fault party failed to drive safely, caused the collision by following too closely, and you suffered injuries as a result of the accident. Once negligence is established in a rear-end car accident case, you may be able to recover both economic (medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, etc.) and non-economic (pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, etc.) damages.
Discuss Your Chattanooga Rear-End Accident Claim with an Attorney
If you have been involved in a rear-end accident, contact our Chattanooga lawyers to discuss the types of damages you may be able to receive under Tennessee law. We have an experienced team of more than 30 attorneys and 120 staff members to assist you when you call, and we serve injured parties across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri. Call NST toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with an auto accident lawyer. NST is the way to go if you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident in Hamilton County.