All car accidents are equally terrifying, even if no other car is involved but your own. As frightening as they can be, great tragedy can occur in the blink of an eye. That's what happened in Bristol, Tennessee at 8:53am Sunday morning in the beginning of February 2017. According to Bristol Police, officers responded to an accident on Walnut Hill Road underneath the Interstate 81 bridge. The car, a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, struck a guardrail while traveling north on Interstate 81, then continued to run off the road, causing damage to the passengers and vehicle alike. Police reported that the drive died at the scene of the accident. Thankfully, the passenger riding in the car had non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Single Car Accidents Happen More Often Than People Realize
The incident above is just one of thousands that happen with only a single car involved. In fact, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that up to one-third of all accidents are single car accidents. Single car accidents can involve bad road conditions due to weather or swerving into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting an animal. These accidents can be just deadly as multiple car pile-ups and other accidents involving more than one vehicle.
Recovering Compensation For Your Injuries
So what happens when you're involved in a single car accident? Who's held liable for the personal injury sustained and what steps do you need to take to make sure that you are covered? As with any personal injury claim, the plaintiff must be able to prove who is at fault and how badly they're injured. If you are a passenger in a single car collision, you have a right to make a personal injury claim against both of the drivers involved. Passengers seem to have an easier time pleading a case than the driver or any other type of personal injury plaintiff. In this instance, the passenger doesn't have to worry about proving liability, instead one of the drivers is going to be held liable no matter what.
In occurrences where the driver hits a tree to avoid colliding with an animal or slides into a telephone pole because of icy roads, the driver will usually be held liable. It can be considered negligence if the accident could have been prevented in the first place. In this case, the driver will be able to file an at-fault claim with their own insurance company. But if you want to file a claim with your insurance company for the injuries you sustained, then it's imperative that you had collision coverage listed on your vehicle at the time the accident happened.
To make an even stronger claim, make sure to document evidence. Prepare as much documentation as possible to submit to your insurance company. In the documentation make sure you provide notes about what your remember happening that day, pictures of injuries you sustained, evidence like torn clothes, and any observations from witnesses at the scene of the accident.
Retain Legal Counsel To Help The Process Go Smoothly
Even though it's necessary to reach out to your insurance company or go to your physician to get medical attention in a timely manner, it's also highly recommended to seek assistance from an experienced attorney who is well-versed in Tennessee personal injury law. If you find yourself in this situation, a lawyer can help to discuss your unique case and go through all of the options available to you.