Fatal Crash on Nashville Road in Warren County
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, over 2.35 million people are injured or disabled in car accidents in the U.S. every year. Car accidents are a fact of life. And while most car accidents involve two vehicles and lead to a direct insurance claim, sometimes it is more difficult for an insurance company to determine who is at fault.
Last month, for example, there was a three-car collision resulting in one death on Nashville Road at Morehead Road. Kentucky State Police say a 25-year-old man from Woodburn was driving a pickup behind a van driven by a 71-year-old woman from Bowling Green. The man swerved into the opposite lane to avoid colliding into the woman’s van as she was turning, and ended up colliding head-on with a third car, killing the third car’s driver. The 25-year-old was also transported to a hospital, and the woman was the only driver who escaped the accident unharmed.
How Do We Determine Who’s at Fault?
In situations where it is not clear exactly what happened and who was at fault, it then becomes more difficult and complex to determine liability. It becomes even more difficult in situations involving three or more vehicles as drivers point the finger at one another. Tennessee requires every driver to do what is reasonable and safe under the circumstances to prevent an accident. This means sticking to the speed limit, keeping alert for driving conditions, and behaving as a reasonable person would have in order to avoid an accident.
Tennessee uses the comparative negligence system to determine liability in personal injury cases. In general, comparative negligence is broken down into two systems:
- Pure comparative negligence – In this system, an accident victim may be awarded damages even if they are partially to blame for their own injury.
- Modified comparative negligence – In this system, an injured party may be able to recover damages if he or she was less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. This is the system that Tennessee uses.
Nashville Car Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys
At Calhoun Law, PLC, we utilize accident reconstructionists, neuropsychologists and other specialists as necessary to prepare and present a persuasive case that documents our client’s injuries and the defendant’s fault. The attorneys at our firm zealously represent those who have experienced injuries from car accidents, traumatic brain injury, or other paralyzing injuries. We also advocate for families in wrongful death situations. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, do not wait to contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.