Knoxville Chain Reaction Accidents
Motor Vehicle Crash Lawyers Representing the Greater Knoxville Area
Chain reaction accidents occur when three or more cars are involved in a single accident. They could be caused by the negligence of one or multiple drivers. They are often complex due to the number of parties involved, and they require detailed investigations to properly determine and allocate fault. Further, those injured in chain reaction accidents often experience numerous impacts, which can exacerbate the injuries sustained from the first impact. If you have been injured in a Knoxville chain reaction accident due to the negligence of one or more drivers, and are in need of an attorney, our Knoxville car accident attorneys are available to speak with you today.
How Can You Prove Liability for a Chain Reaction Accident?
A common question after a chain reaction accident is the following: who was responsible? Sometimes the allocation of fault is clear– such as where one car rear-ends another car, pushing it into another car. In that example, only one driver caused the sequence of events. However, often there are two or more parties that will bear some degree of responsibility. In these instances, the insurance companies may do everything they can to lessen their degree of fault and blame others. The insurance companies may even try to contact you and record your recollection of the accident in the hopes they find something to minimize their damages to you. Under these circumstances, it is always important to retain legal representation of your own so your rights are protected.
In order to recover after a chain reaction accident, you will have to prove that one or more drivers acted in a negligent manner. Proving negligence in Tennessee requires establishing, by a preponderance of the evidence, the following:
- Duty. Generally speaking, every driver on the road has a duty to drive safely.
- Breach of that duty. Violating a traffic law or ordinance, such as drunk or drugged driving, can suffice to demonstrate breach.
- Causation, both direct and proximate.
- Damages. After any accident, you will have to prove that you suffered actual damages. Damages can be objective (medical bills and lost wages) and subjective (loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering).
Establishing causation can be tricky, as the plaintiff bears the legal burden of showing each defendant’s negligence directly and proximately caused the wreck and resulting injuries. For example, let’s say you and a friend were driving to a concert at Thompson-Boling Arena, located at 1600 Philip Fulmer Way, Suite 202, Knoxville, TN 37966. Driver 1 rear-ends Driver 2, who is then pushed into the rear of your car. Here, while Driver 1 seems 100% responsible, a dispute could arise between Drivers 1 and 2 as to who was responsible for the chain reaction crash.
Let Our Full Service Personal Injury Law Firm Help You
Chain reaction accidents can be more complex than an accident involving just two vehicles. In order to ensure all your legal rights stay intact and that you are awarded what you are legally entitled to, it is important to contact a skilled Knoxville lawyer. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our attorneys serve injured parties all throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, as well as towns and cities such as Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with an auto crash attorney. Once you get to know us, you will realize that NST is the way to go.