Why You Should Never Admit Fault in an Auto Accident
The moments after a motor vehicle accident tend to be confusing, especially when you suffer the pain of injury. You may truly believe you recall how your own negligence contributed to an accident, but hours later you can remember details that prove your original beliefs were inaccurate. Additionally, the legal definition of negligence may differ greatly from your own perceptions. To protect your right to pursue fair compensation for your damages, you need to seek advice from a knowledgeable Nashville motor vehicle accident attorney.
At one time, Tennessee law barred anyone with any degree of contributory negligence from pursuing compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of another party. But the Tennessee Supreme Court changed the rules when deciding the 1992 case of McIntyre v. Balentine. Thanks to this case, Tennessee law now has a modified contributory negligence rule that provides injury victims with the right to pursue compensation, as long as they bear less than 50 percent of fault for accidents that injure them.
However, admitting even minor fault at the accident scene can provide the truly liable parties with evidence to use against you during negotiations or in court. This is why you should limit post-accident discussions to the exchange of insurance and contact information. Save discussions about what happened before and during an accident for an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer in Nashville.
If you sustain injuries in a motor vehicle accident, William Stover, Attorney at Law provides the comprehensive support you need to pursue compensation from insurance, out-of-court settlements or even lawsuits when necessary. We handle the details so you can focus on healing.