Determining Fault in Your Tennessee Auto Accident

A law firm to help investigate the cause of your motor vehicle collision

After a car accident, it’s not easy to determine fault. To make sure you protect your rights and explore your options for receiving compensation for injuries, property damage, lost wages and more, work with the experienced legal team at Knoxville’s Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law. We’ve served communities throughout East Tennessee since 1987, and we have the skills, knowledge and compassion to help you through a difficult time. Remember, we’re Two for You in Knoxville, and our firm is rooted in helping people just like you.

How can you determine fault after an auto accident?

The scene immediately following an accident can be chaotic, especially if you’re in the middle of traffic and the accident was serious enough to cause injuries. With everything going on at once, it can be difficult to determine who was at fault for the crash. The following are a few things to think about related to fault after an auto accident:

  • Traffic violations. One of the most surefire ways to determine fault is if one of the drivers committed an illegal act during or directly before the accident. In almost all situations, law enforcement blames the driver who violated a traffic law, such as speeding, turning illegally or rolling through a stop sign.
  • Type of collision. In rear-end collisions or crashes that happen on a left-hand turn, blame usually gets pinned on the driver who rear-ended the other vehicle or who was turning at the time of the accident. That might not be the case, however, if the other driver cut you off, causing you to rear-end the vehicle.
  • Admission. Pay close attention to what the other driver says after an accident. If the person admits any degree of fault, you may be able to use it in your case. Along the same lines, be sure to never admit any blame for an accident to anyone, including police.
  • Driver negligence. Motorists are often guilty of negligence, such as texting while driving, violating traffic laws or failing to properly maintain their vehicles. This is particularly true for instances of drunk driving.
  • Witness accounts. If any other people saw the accident take place, it’s important to gather their account of it. This can provide a neutral third-party perspective, giving you better insight into who was at fault.

Recovering compensation for injuries or property damage

Working with a knowledgeable auto accident lawyer, you can pursue compensation from the driver at fault, insurance companies, or, if a commercial vehicle was involved, a business or organization. You may also seek damages from government agencies that failed to properly sign or maintain roads. There are a number of people who may receive this compensation, including the injured parties, people who depended on the injured parties for financial support and property owners affected by an accident. A Sevierville attorney can explain more about your options.

Work with an experienced auto accident attorney

Immediately following your car crash in eastern Tennessee, don’t hesitate to call Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law for a free initial phone consultation. We have more than 25 years of experience serving individuals and families throughout the eastern part of our state and the Smoky Mountain region, so we’re ready to help you. Give us a call at 865-951-7268 or contact us online to get started.