If you suffered an injury because another driver rear-ended your car, you may be facing unexpected medical bills and expensive car repairs. If so, the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC can help you pursue compensation for your accident in Corryton.
We understand the financial burden that a car wreck places on injury accident victims. We can speak with you about the legal options you may have to recover compensation for the cost of medical care, lost wages, car repairs, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Call us today at 865-546-1111 for a free consultation with a rear-end collision accident lawyer in Corryton.
Types of Rear-End Collision Accidents
Before we investigate your case, we will ask you for details about the crash. This will help us consider all the legal options available.
Generally, a rear-end collision accident can occur because of the following actions of rear drivers:
- Driving while drowsy
- Failing to pay attention to the traffic ahead
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Impaired driving
- Poor road conditions
While it appears obvious that the rear driver is at fault for the accident, we still look at the driver’s actions because we must establish fault for your injury.
Tennessee is an at-fault state, which means the driver who causes an accident must pay for damages resulting from the crash. Typically, the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company pays for the damages.
Collecting Evidence to Support Your Injury Case
After we establish fault, we may secure evidence that shows how you suffered harmed because of the rear driver’s actions.
We may gather evidence that includes:
- Medical records that show the nature and extent of your injuries
- Police reports
- Photos of the accident scene
- Photos of your injuries
- Eyewitness statements
- Traffic camera or surveillance video
Investigating Multi-Vehicle Rear-End Collision Crashes
The most complex rear-end collision accidents are cases that involve three or more vehicles. In these cases, the first car in this chain reaction gets hit by the rear driver who gets hit by the driver behind them, and so on.
The problem arises when motorists or passengers suffer serious or fatal injuries because of the impact from the rear-end collision crashes. This can cause disputes among the drivers—and their insurance companies—over fault for the injuries.
In these and other unique cases, we may ask a specialist to reconstruct the accident to determine how the accident happened and assign fault for the crash.
If you were injured in a chain-reaction crash, we are prepared to help you pursue compensation from the drivers who contributed to causing your injuries.
Rear Drivers Can Also Dispute Fault
You may assume a rear driver would readily admit to being responsible for the accident. This is not always the case. Depending on the facts of the crash, a rear driver may attempt to place fault on the front driver.
From the rear driver’s perspective, this can happen if the front driver:
- Suddenly changes lanes without signaling.
- Does not have working brake lights and stops suddenly.
- Does not turn on hazard lights when the car breaks down in traffic.
The driver’s auto insurer will use these—and possibly other reasons—to attempt to devalue the front driver’s insurance claim. This could result in the front driver seeing a reduction in their total compensation award based on their percentage of fault for the accident.
Regardless of whether the rear driver or the driver’s insurance company disputes fault, you may still recover compensation for the accident caused by the rear driver. We are here to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Call 865-546-1111 to speak to a rear-end collision accident lawyer in Corryton about your case.
Estimating the Value of Your Claim
In estimating the value of your insurance claim, we consider all the damages you sustained. These may include economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Generally, out-of-pocket medical bills are the most expensive damages associated with an injury. Besides the medical expenses associated with your injury, we also take into consideration your other damages that may include:
- Future medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Negotiating Your Claim with the Rear Driver’s Insurance Company
You may not want to deal with an insurance adjuster while you are recovering from an injury. The Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC will handle all aspects of your claims process—from filing the paperwork to negotiating the claim on your behalf.
We know the tactics insurance adjusters use to delay, devalue, or deny claims. We will provide solid evidence that counters these claims and fight to recover the compensation you deserve because of your injury.
We work hard to negotiate a settlement on your behalf so that you can focus on healing.
You Have a Limited Time to File an Insurance Claim
If you want to file a claim against another driver, you have one year under Tennessee’s Statute of Limitations to do so. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, contact us immediately so that we can start building your case.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today with Our Rear-End Collision Accident Lawyer in Corryton
You shouldn’t have to suffer due to someone else’s negligence on the road. Let the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Bari, PLLC help you recover the compensation you deserve from your accident.
Call us today at 865-546-1111 to schedule an appointment.