When seeking damages following a car accident, one of the most important questions your legal team will need to answer is: “Who is responsible?” The answer may have significant implications, especially if the collision resulted in your injuries. Once your lawyer can determine who caused the accident, they can start the process of proving that negligence ultimately resulted in your condition.
There are many forms of motorist negligence that can lead to an accident and ultimately justify you bringing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Some of the types of motorist negligence, based on driver actions involved in Tennessee traffic crashes, include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or fatigue
- Taking unnecessary risks while on the road
- Failing to adhere to posted traffic signals, patterns, and guidelines
- Distracted driving, such as texting
Various factors may increase the likelihood of an accident and could ultimately play a role in determining negligence.
Your legal team will need to consider every facet of your accident. Sometimes, in addition to assigning liability, your lawyer will also need to determine if any other factors resulted in your injuries.
Considerations that may increase the risk of an accident include:
- Hazardous road conditions. A driver may be negligent if they fail to take proper care in dangerous situations, while a municipality may be responsible if preventable dangers on the road contributed to your accident.
- A vehicle’s structural integrity. If a car’s structural integrity caused your accident, you may be able to pursue damages from the car’s manufacturer or mechanic responsible for any repairs. For example, if your accident was caused by a driver’s inability to brake in time, and the brakes were shoddily produced, you may be able to seek compensation from the makers of this component.
- Safety device effectiveness. The extent of your injuries may rest on whether your vehicle’s safety measures (such as airbags, seatbelts, and child safety seats) functioned as they were supposed to. If they did not, the manufacturer or installer of such equipment may be liable for your losses.
There is much to consider in the wake of a car accident, and many different car accident questions to ask after the event. Typically, the amount of compensation you will be able to recover following your accident will correlate with the severity of your injuries.
You may be recovering from one or more injuries associated with your collision, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Serious cuts
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to various organs
It is vital that you seek and receive any medical attention necessary to ensure your short- and long-term health. Not only can this promote your overall well-being, but it can be the first step in connecting your injuries with the accident that caused them. This is a task that can be left to your attending legal team.
A lawyer may be able to help you in several ways by:
- Helping you determine who was at fault for your accident and subsequent losses
- Advising you as to your options for pursuing any compensation for which you are entitled
- Collecting evidence and organizing this information into an argument that negligence occurred
- Advising you through a trial or settlement negotiations
- Advocating for your legal rights and protections
If your case is successful, you may be entitled to financial awards covering your losses. Call our team at The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 for a free consultation. You can ask our team car accident questions as needed.