Insurance adjuster determining at fault driver in car accidentEach year, 20-50 million people are injured or disabled in road accidents worldwide. And it’s possible that during the course of your life, you may be involved in a car accident, too. Tennessee is a “fault” state when it comes to driving accidents. The focus of this system is to determine who is responsible for the accident and requires that the at-fault party pay for the losses incurred by the victim.

How Liability Is Determined in a Car Accident

In some instances, fault is easy to determine—for example, if the accident is caused by a driver running a red light or stop sign. In other cases, however, it can be more difficult to determine accident liability. It’s not as obvious who’s at fault when a driver fails to yield, or if poor road or traffic conditions are involved.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Tennessee and believe the other driver was at fault, there are a number of things you should do immediately after the accident, including:

  • Take photographs. You should take pictures of the scene of the accident and the vehicles involved. If you have sustained injuries, you should also take pictures of them.
  • Make a record. By making an accurate record of how the accident occurred, you will be ready to tell the investigating officers what happened in as much detail as possible.
  • Talk to eyewitnesses. If anyone nearby witnessed the accident, take statements from them. This may help your case if it goes to court.
  • Keep medical records. Keep all medical records, as well as a journal of your injuries, treatments, and any time off work.  

How an Attorney Proves Your Case

An experienced car accident attorney will use a number of strategies to prove your case and determine the liability of the other driver, including:

  • Expert witnesses. These could include forensic experts, traffic investigation and reconstruction experts, and engineering experts.
  • Physical evidence. This can include many factors including paint, debris, car parts, fibers, blood, and skid marks on the road.
  • Eyewitnesses. Eyewitness accounts can be invaluable for proving liability.
  • Medical records. Your medical records can help your attorney show the types of injuries you sustained as a result of the accident.

If you have been injured in a vehicle accident caused by another driver’s negligence, call our team at GriffithLaw. We are committed to getting fair compensation for our clients. Contact us at (615) 807-7900 to schedule a free case review, or use our online form to receive a prompt response. We are here to help you get the recovery you deserve.


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