Car accidents are some of the most daunting experiences individuals can face. The immediate aftermath can be confusing, especially when you’re unaware of what comes next and what you can do. However, there are some things that can be helpful to your potential legal options.
Moving forward, one important aspect is understanding the potential causes of car accidents and who may be held responsible for the crash. This can be helpful in how you proceed with the case and what your legal options are.
Causes and Liability
There are a number of potential causes involved in car accidents and the liability involved can be complex. However, it’s important for victims to understand both of these factors when pursuing legal action.
Here are some of the things you should know:
- Drunk driving: Drunk driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents and there may be more than just one person liable. In Tennessee, the dram shop laws allow injured parties to take legal action against a vendor if the sale of the alcohol was a direct cause of the injury or if the vendor served alcohol to a visibly intoxicated individual or minor.
- Distracted driving: In distracted driving cases, the driver is most often liable when texting while driving, doing their makeup, or are otherwise occupied while driving. In some cases, a passenger may be responsible if their actions caused the driver to crash.
- Reckless driving: The driver in these cases is almost always at fault for reckless driving including doing things such as speeding, running traffic signals, or otherwise acting in a negligent manner.
- Dangerous road hazards: Some car accidents may be caused by the road rather than any one particular person. A missing or broken traffic signal, or a pothole are things that can make a government entity responsible for a crash if they directly led to the accident and injury.
At Meade Law Group, our Johnson City car accident attorneys work with you to help you understand who is at fault. We then guide you through the legal process to help you seek compensation for the injuries and damages you have sustained.
When you’ve been harmed by someone else’s negligence, you have rights to take legal action. Trust that we have the experience and knowledge necessary to guide you step by step throughout the entire process.
Call our firm at (423) 464-7779 today and learn how we may be able to help.