Common Causes of Auto Accidents in Tennessee
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After a devastating crash, you may wonder how it happened, especially if you believe the other driver was clearly at fault. In certain situations, the cause of a crash is very easy to identify, while other times, there are multiple factors involved. In any event, accurately determining the cause of the crash and who is at fault is crucial in making sure the injured party gets full and fair compensation.
After a car crash, you deserve to be represented by an experienced Sevierville auto accident attorney who will put your best interests first. You want Delius & McKenzie, PLLC to fight for you. With more than 20 years of comprehensive legal experience and a well-recognized reputation for getting results, our Tennessee car accident lawyers are prepared to work hard to ensure you and your family get the compensation you need to move forward.
What leads to car accidents in Tennessee?
Car crashes occur every minute of every day, across the nation. In Tennessee, our rural roads, side streets, and major highways are all hot beds of driver activity, and not all of it is safe and responsible
Some of the top causes of car accidents in and around Sevierville include:
- Distracted drivers. From eating to using a GPS to texting, drivers engage in many activities they should not do while their car is in motion. While their attention is on an object, another person, or other activity, they are not focusing on the road, leading to dangerous crashes.
- Drunk drivers. If a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above 0.08%, they are not only breaking the law, but they are endangering other lives. Drunk drivers cause countless deadly accidents each year. Even when a person’s BAC is below the legal limit, that does not necessarily mean he or she is safe to drive because as little as one drink can impair a driver’s judgement.
- Hazardous roadways. Other drivers are not the only negligent parties on the roads. If roads are poorly designed or not maintained properly, you are at risk of a serious auto accident. Injured parties might pursue the municipal body, construction company, or other responsible party.
- Defective auto parts. From faulty ignition switches to defective brakes, malfunctioning and poorly designed or manufactured auto parts cause serious accidents. These types of product liability cases are the ones that often lead the news and garner the most headlines, and they are more common than you might think.
Determining and proving liability in a Tennessee car accident
When we talk about “liability,” we are referring to the legal responsibility a person has. If a driver causes a car accident, he or she is liable for the damages, meaning his or her insurance company is responsible for paying for your damages caused by the accident. So after a car accident, determining who is liable is crucial. Otherwise, the other side’s insurance company may try to deny that their driver is at fault—and make you pay.
To ensure we prove liability, a Sevierville auto accident lawyer at Delius & McKenzie, PLLC will launch an investigation into the crash. We look through police reports, crash reports, insurance records, medical bills, and more. Your attorney may speak with witnesses, examine traffic cameras, talk to your doctors, and perform a thorough search of all possible evidence. We utilize the best accident reconstructionists available when necessary. All of this helps build a strong case against the defendant.
Certain evidence may be very compelling. For example, if the negligent driver was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) after crashing into you, this proves a strong link between the driver’s reckless actions and your damages.
The stronger your case and the more serious your damages are, the more compensation you may be entitled to. Only a qualified lawyer can accurately assess how much your case might be worth. To learn more, speak with a Sevierville car crash attorney at Delius & McKenzie, PLLC.
Hard-hitting Sevier County, TN lawyers are on your side after a serious car accident
Regardless of the cause of your accident, if it was not your fault, you deserve justice. For more than 20 years, Delius & McKenzie, PLLC has been protecting the best interests of clients in and around Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We have handled some of the state’s toughest personal injury cases, and we are ready to fight for you. Contact us today at 865-428-8780 or fill out our contact form.