Make Sure You Didn’t Contribute to The Car Accident that Hurt You

Blount Law Firm PLLC Dec. 13, 2018

If we here in Tennessee can count on one thing during the holiday season, it is this: More people are out driving to shopping centers and to visit family. Many of these people are in a big hurry. When you put these things together, you have the perfect environment for car accidents.

It may be comforting for many of you to know that you can hold any negligent parties liable for your crash and your injuries with the help of an experienced attorney. A lawyer can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation for your harm by dealing with your insurance carrier or by helping you pursue a personal injury claim.

What you might not know is that if you played a role in causing the car accident, the amount of compensation you acquire could be limited. Like some other states, Tennessee has a modified comparative negligence rule. This means that you will need to prove that the other driver was responsible for your car accident. At the same time, you will also need to show that you did not in any way contribute to the crash.

For example, say another motorist failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into your car. If it can be shown that you were texting at the time of the collision, you may be found partly responsible for the car accident. In our state, victims must be less than 50 percent responsible for the crash before they can acquire compensation. Further, the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced in accordance with your amount of liability in causing the car accident.

The takeaway here is to always make sure you follow the rules of the road when driving. Put away your phone, obey the traffic laws and watch out for other motorists, especially during the holidays. This will help ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation if you are involved in a car accident. Please keep browsing our website to learn more.