Have you been injured in a Tullahoma, Tennessee car accident? If so, it is important that you fully understand your rights as well as what you must do in order to obtain an equitable settlement for your injuries, resulting from the negligence of another driver. Tullahoma is in Franklin and Coffee Counties, and today is an aviation, aeronautics and avionics hub, home to the University of Tennessee Space Institute. In 2013, there was one fatal auto accident in Tullahoma, which was tied to an impaired driver. The accident occurred at the intersection of North Washington and East Ogee streets. Overall, Tullahoma has ranked well below the state of Tennessee’s average for fatal car collisions, every year except 2001 and 2011.
Coffee County ranks 26th in the state for the rate of car crashes, while Franklin County ranks 75th. There is considerable disparity between the two counties as far as car accidents and fatal auto accidents. Tullahoma is located between three major metropolitan cities: Nashville and Chattanooga in Tennessee and Huntsville in Alabama. Tullahoma is considered a “rising star”, with new areas of residential and commercial growth infusing the city. While this is great for the economy, more people generally equals an increase in auto accidents as well. It is important that you understand your rights following your Tullahoma car accident; consulting with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney may well be the single best thing you can do for your future. For more information regarding car accidents, you can read our Car Accident guide here. Below you will find additional information which can help you, following your car accident with injuries.
What Types of Injuries Most Often Result from a Car Crash?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than three million people are injured each year across the nation in automobile accidents. The injuries which result can be as varied as the individual circumstances surrounding each collision, yet some injuries are more common than others. The type and severity of the injuries suffered by those involved in car accidents depend on whether the person was wearing a seatbelt, whether the car was installed with airbags, whether the person’s car was hit from the rear, side or front, whether the collision was low or high-speed, and how the person was facing in the car (i.e. turned sideways instead of facing front).
What are the Two Primary Types of Auto Injuries?
The two broad types of auto injuries include impact injuries and penetrating injuries. When a person’s body hits some portion of the interior of the car, an impact injury can result. Think of a knee hitting the dash, an arm hitting the door, or a head hitting the side window. Penetrating injuries are scrapes and cuts, usually caused by shattered glass or loose objects flying around inside the vehicle. More specifically, the most common injuries following an auto accident include:
- Scrapes and cuts which may be serious enough to require stitches;
- Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash;
- Traumatic brain injuries, or penetrating injuries to the head;
- Injuries to the chest, such as contusions, bruises, broken ribs or internal injuries, and
- Injuries to the arms and legs such as bruises, scrapes, sprains and breaks.
Have You Been Involved in a Sideswipe Auto Accident?
A sideswipe accident occurs when two cars which are driving side by side, collide. Sideswipe accidents are almost always the result of a car changing lanes without properly looking, colliding with another. Injuries resulting from a sideswipe accident can be more severe than other types of accidents, due to the fact air bags and crumple zones are primarily designed for front and rear-end collisions. A sideswipe accident differs from a side impact accident in that a sideswipe accident is usually two cars, colliding side to side while a side impact accident involves a person in one car running directly into the side of another. While side impact accidents have the potential to be deadlier, a sideswipe accident on a busy freeway can also result in a car being hit multiple times by additional cars. Weaving in and out of lanes can lead to a sideswipe accident, as can distracted or inattentive drivers.
Who is at Fault in a Sideswipe Accident?
It can be difficult to determine fault in a sideswipe accident, requiring a thorough investigation as well as eyewitness statements. If your sideswipe accident occurred on the freeway, it is unlikely you will be able to produce witnesses who saw the accident—and stuck around to give a statement. Evidence is rarely able to be preserved in a situation where heavy traffic exists, making it that much more important to have an experienced personal injury attorney who can work with experts, gathering the necessary reports and medical documentation for your case.
What Injuries Result from a Sideswipe Accident?
Injuries from a sideswipe accident generally include neck and whiplash injuries, cervical and spinal cord injuries, fractures, bumps and bruises. In a severe car accident, brain trauma and paralysis can result. When a sideswipe sends the struck vehicle careening into the path of another car, or causes it to impact with a solid object, such as a tree or utility pole, the injuries can multiply exponentially. Even in newer, high-end cars which may be equipped with side-impact airbags, injuries can still result. To read about additional types of accidents, click here.
When Should I Call a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you have been injured in a Tullahoma car accident which was the result of another’s negligence, call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Whether your accident resulted from a distracted driver, or one who was driving recklessly or aggressively, the outcome can hinge strongly on having a strong legal advocate by your side from start to finish. If you want to have the time necessary to heal and put your life back together while a Tullahoma, TN personal injury attorney fights zealously for your rights, call the attorneys at Martinson & Beason, P.C. today for a free consultation. We have been helping and protecting people just like you since 1937.