If asked who is at fault in a car accident, most in Shelby would likely say the driver whose careless and reckless actions were deemed to have contributed to it. In most cases, that would be correct. Yet could there also be situations where others who might have not even been driving a vehicle also be held liable? What if the passengers in a vehicle were being complicit to a driver's dangerous behavior (or even worse, encouraging it)? One might argue that such actions were contributory, thus expanding liability for an accident.
Many might say that when one agrees to get into a vehicle being driven by another that they accept any risks that driver's actions may pose. In reality, however, the trust that Shelby residents place in the drivers of the vehicles that they are traveling in obliges those drivers to be mindful of their safety and well-being. Even in scenarios where passengers make no comments about one's reckless driving, such an omission does not mean that they accept or approve of it. If such action does indeed result in an accident, then it is drivers who are ultimately responsible.
Tennessee is a great place to live, which is why the state receives so many visitors. Those unfamiliar with driving laws could run into a bit of trouble, especially when it comes to things like texting and driving. Fortunately, the Tennessee Department of Homeland Safety offers the following advice, which also a good refresher for those who reside in the state.
There are many times in a person’s life when a motor vehicle collision may be more likely. Someone driving during poor road conditions may have an increased chance of crashing with another vehicle or veering off the road. Other situations may also lead to a greater car accident risk, including those which may not seem significant. For example, someone who starts a new job may be more likely to cause an accident for multiple reasons and it is essential to be vigilant if you have recently switched fields or plan to work somewhere else in the near future.
When cars take on trains, it may be easy to deduce who wins. Recent years have seen increased efforts to educate motorists in Shelby (and throughout the rest of the U.S.) on the importance of exercising caution and sound judgment around railroad crossings. The question of liability in cases where trains collide with cars may seem like a moot point. A train cannot, after all, deviate from its tracks, so short of operator negligence, blame for such accidents may almost always fall on the part of the motorists involved. Yet what about cases where warning systems meant to alert drivers of approaching trains fail?
Unfortunately, auto accidents happen all too often in Tennessee. If you become involved in one, you need to take some immediate steps to prevent an already bad situation from becoming even worse. The decisions you make right after your accident could affect you for months or years to come.
The immediate aftermath of a car accident in Shelby can be quite traumatic. You may suffer an initial shock over what has happened, which ultimately may turn to panic if you and/or others in your vehicle sustain injuries. Your fears that the longer it takes for you to be treated, the greater the danger you may face are well-founded. Fortunately, you are often not alone in such accidents; the other motorists involved may be available to assist you. While there's no question that you hope that they feel compelled to, the question becomes whether they are legally obligated to.
As a Tennessee motorist, safety is a must. While you can’t change the actions of other drivers, the steps you take to be a safer, more conscientious driver will actually minimize your risk of an accident. KidsHealth.org offers the following tips in this case, which can help drivers both young and old stay safe when on the road.
It can happen to any Shelby driver, no matter how safe you are. Hit and runs will turn your world upside down, potentially depriving you of a reliable vehicle and leaving you responsible for an exorbitant repair bill. There are steps you can take to improve the situation however, as explained by State Farm below.
Many in Shelby may perceive dangerous driving to only include those practices that are blatantly negligent, such as being intoxicated or texting while behind the wheel. In reality, there are a number of other actions that many undertake while driving that can also impair their abilities. Chief among these is eating while driving. Most consider eating to be such a natural action that it requires little to no thought at all. Yet when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists the actions that can be most distracting to drivers, it includes eating right near the top.