If you were in a Tennessee rear end collision, the crash may have left your car totaled or in need of major repairs. You may also have serious injuries, especially if the crash occurred at a high rate of speed. Your finances may have suffered a blow due to the cost of car repairs and treating your injuries.
If your rear end collision occurred because of another driver’s negligence, you can recover financially while your body recovers physically. Call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, today to find out how you can pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact us at 865-546-1111 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a rear end collision accident lawyer in Murfreesboro.
How Do I Obtain Compensation for My Accident?
You may obtain compensation by filing a claim with the insurance company of the driver who caused the collision. Tennessee is a fault state, which means a driver who caused an accident must pay damages to other parties in the vehicle crash. Our legal team has extensive experience proving fault and building strong insurance claims on behalf of our clients.
How Will a Lawyer Build My Insurance Claim?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 87 percent of rear end crashes occur because the rear driver failed to pay attention to the traffic ahead. If the rear driver’s inattention caused your crash, we can build a strong claim for compensation.
Regardless of how the rear driver caused your wreck, we will collect information that proves their liability. If the driver engaged in any of the following behaviors, we can hold them responsible for your losses:
- Texting while driving;
- Talking on a phone while behind the wheel;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Following too closely—or tailgating;
- Failing to adjust to weather-related road conditions; or
Our law firm also gathers information like the police report on the accident, photos of the accident scene, your statement, as well as statements from your passengers and other witnesses to the accident. We submit this vital evidence with your claim.
How Do I Prove Negligence?
In addition to focusing on the driver’s behavior, we must also prove the following four elements of negligence.
Duty of Care
First, we must show the driver had a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid causing an accident. In your case, the rear driver had a duty to you and to other motorists to pay attention and drive safely.
Breach of Duty
Next, we will prove the driver breached that duty of care by causing an accident. If the rear driver was not paying attention and hit the back of your car, they breached their duty.
Third, we must show the driver’s negligent or reckless action caused an accident. For example, if the at-fault driver in your case demonstrated some type of careless action—such as drunk driving or texting—we will prove how that caused the crash.
Finally, we will offer evidence that you suffered injuries as a result of the crash. These injuries can be physical and financial in nature.
Proving negligence is an essential part of the claims process. We must associate the at-fault driver’s negligence with the injuries and losses you suffered.
How Do I Prove My Losses?
In your claim, we will include documentation of the losses you suffered due to the accident. If you suffered physical injuries, we will include costs for your medical treatment, physical therapy, or rehabilitation. Some rear end collisions can cause drivers in the front cars to sustain debilitating injuries, including:
- Head injuries;
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Facial disfigurement;
- Paralysis; and
In addition to your medical expenses, we will also ask you to provide documentation of the amount of income you lost because you were not able to work, the costs for devices to help your mobility, receipts from your occupational or physical therapy sessions, and the costs of other services that aid in your physical recovery.
You may also pursue compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, or mental anguish that you endured as a result of the accident.
Can a Lawyer Help Me File an Insurance Claim?
The attorneys in our law firm have years of experience handling every aspect of the insurance claims process—from filing the claim to negotiating a fair settlement on behalf of accident victims. We engage in tough negotiations with auto insurers, at times, because these companies want to save as much money as possible by offering small settlement payouts or denying valid claims.
When necessary, we take claims to court as another way to help our clients obtain the maximum compensation available for their injuries. We do not stop until our negotiations yield the best possible results in your case.
Time Limits on Recovering Compensation
Tennessee’s statute of limitations only gives you one year from the date of the accident to settle a personal injury claim or file a lawsuit. Since it takes time to collect relevant documentation, we advise you to decide as soon as possible whether to file a claim. You do not want to miss an opportunity of recovering monetary compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Although you may not feel any physical symptoms right after your rear end collision, that does not mean that you do not have any injuries. Sometimes, symptoms do not show up until much later. This is why we advise all car accident victims to seek medical attention immediately after a crash. The sooner you discover the extent of your injuries, the sooner you can get medical treatment and start the recovery process.
Contact Us Today to Get Started.
A rear end collision that causes injuries and major out-of-pocket expenses can leave you worried about paying bills, buying another car, or being able to work again. This is where the experienced and proficient lawyers at the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, can help. We do all the necessary work to help you recover the compensation available to you.
Call us now at 865-546-1111 to schedule a complimentary legal evaluation with a rear end collision accident lawyer in Murfreesboro.