The Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC can help you pursue compensation for the injuries and losses you suffered in a rear-end collision accident in Hamilton County. This may appear as a clear-cut case of negligence, but an auto insurer may give you trouble when it comes to paying out your claim.
If you suffered injuries in a rear-end collision accident, we can investigate your case, file a claim on your behalf, and negotiate a settlement for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call us today at 1-865-546-1111 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a rear-end collision accident lawyer in Hamilton County, TN from our office.
Tell Us About Your Rear-End Collision Accident
If we accept your case, you can speak with a rear-end collision accident lawyer in Hamilton County, TN, from our firm about how your crash happened. Learning these details helps us know how to effectively investigate your accident.
In our previous investigations, we have found that these accidents occurred because of the rear driver’s unsafe actions, such as:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to slow down in deteriorating weather conditions
- Failing to adjust to congested traffic ahead
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Texting while driving
Rear-end accidents can happen in different ways.
A Rear Driver May Blame You for the Crash
When facing the possibility of paying damages in an injury accident, a rear driver — or the driver’s insurance company — may claim some of the fault for the rear-end collision lies with the front driver. For instance, the front driver may have:
- Moved halfway over to another lane but suddenly decided to return to the original lane
- Stopped abruptly to make a turn without signaling
- Failed to turn on hazard lights after the car broke down in traffic
If you were found to have contributed to the rear-end collision, your total amount of compensation may be reduced based on your percentage of fault for the crash. Nonetheless, we will aggressively pursue compensation for your injuries and other damages while holding the rear driver at fault for the accident.
Chain Reactions Add More Complexities to a Rear-End Collision
Chain reactions involving multiple vehicles can happen at any time — in congested traffic on dry roads or on wet or icy roads. Chain reactions can cause a domino effect; all it takes is for Car C to collide into the rear of Car B which collides into the rear of Car A. If any of the vehicles are a commercial truck or a tractor-trailer, you can expect serious — and possibly fatal — injuries.
In complicated, multi-vehicle crashes, we may call upon a specialist who reconstructs accidents to determine cause and fault for a crash. We will pursue compensation for damages from all at-fault parties that we identify through our investigation of your case.
Our Evidence Helps Us Prove Negligence in Your Rear-End Collision Accident
Through our investigation, we collect relevant evidence that helps to build you a solid claim. The evidence we collect must prove four elements of negligence:
- Duty of Care: The driver owed you a duty to drive carefully.
- Breach of Duty: The driver breached this duty.
- Causation: The driver’s negligence caused a rear-end collision accident.
- Damages: You suffered physical injuries and other damages as a result of the accident.
A crucial piece of evidence that proves negligence is your medical records that describe the nature and severity of your injury. The type of injury you sustained plays an important role in determining the value of your personal injury claim. For instance, a more serious injury, such as a spinal cord injury that requires ongoing medical attention, will increase the value of your claim.
Getting Reimbursed for Your Damages
Damages are the amount of money you seek to compensate you for your financial losses and physical injuries. We advise you to keep receipts of bills that you paid associated with your rear-end collision accident. You may be eligible for reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses. The following are damages injury victims may pursue after an accident:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Rehabilitation (including physical therapy)
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If your loved one died in a rear-end collision accident, we can file a wrongful death claim to pursue compensation for funeral expenses and other financial losses because of the death. An advantage of having the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC on your side is our ability to handle all aspects of the personal injury claims process.
We Can File and Negotiate an Insurance Claim on Your Behalf
We can file a claim, so you do not have to deal with a claims adjuster who may contrive reasons to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve. If you have already filed an insurance claim, we recommend that you do not accept a settlement before we review the offer. If the offer is too low, we will aggressively negotiate a full and fair settlement that covers the damages from your accident.
While we are usually able to negotiate a settlement out of court, there are times when we file a lawsuit because of a party denies a claim or is unwilling to offer fair compensation.
Call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PPLC After Your Rear-End Collision Accident
Tennessee’s Statute of Limitations gives you one year from the date of your rear-end collision accident to file an insurance claim or lawsuit. So, the sooner you decide to pursue compensation, the sooner we can begin building a solid case for you.
Call us today at 1-865-546-1111 for a free consultation with a rear-end collision accident lawyer in Hamilton County, TN.