The average person in Tennessee not only knows several people who have been in car accidents, but they’re also likely to have been in at least one crash themselves. While crashes are likely over a lifetime, many drivers go years or even decades between accidents. That can lead to many misunderstandings and myths about crashes, especially from a legal standpoint.
Here are a few myths we hear frequently in our practice and the truth about them to help clear up any confusion.
Drivers who rear-end other vehicles are always at fault: While rear-ending another vehicle is often due to following it too closely, drivers who rear-end other vehicles aren’t always at fault. These crashes also may occur when drivers cut off other drivers, are driving without working taillights or brake lights, or when they reverse into other vehicles.
It’s illegal to move your vehicle after a crash: Many drivers think that moving vehicles after a crash is either illegal or makes them ineligible for compensation as it could interfere with determining fault. However, Tennessee law protects drivers who move vehicles out of the flow of traffic for safety reasons.
You can’t get compensation if you’re partially at fault: This is true in a few states that use a contributory negligence law, including neighboring states like Alabama, Virginia, and North Carolina. But it’s not true in Tennessee, which uses a modified comparative negligence law. This law allows drivers who are less than 51% at fault to get compensation, although their compensation is reduced by their percentage of fault.
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