Recently on Jefferson Street and Third Avenue, a pick-up truck reportedly rear-ended a Cadillac.
The driver and a passenger in the Cadillac passed away, while the pick-up truck driver and her passenger suffered serious injuries. As it turns out, the pick-up truck driver has a history of driving infractions, and shortly before this recent accident had appeared in court to plead guilty to misdemeanor DUI. On social media, she posted that she had experienced a seizure just before the accident on Jefferson Street.
Investigating a fatal rear-end collision
Some research on rear-end collisions shows that while this accident is relatively common, it doesn’t frequently result in fatalities; one example is a paper mentioning that rear-end collisions make up roughly 30% of vehicular crashes, but only 5% of all fatal crashes. Although they occur relatively frequently, they don’t usually result in death.
When a fatal rear-end collision does occur, it’s crucial to try to understand what happened. In most cases, the driver who rear-ends the other vehicle gets assigned responsibility (in whole or in large part) for the accident. Some questions to ask about the driver include the following:
- Were they going at an excessive speed?
- Were they leaving too little room between their own vehicle and the car ahead?
- Did they show signs of inattentiveness, such as by using a mobile device?
- If it was dark out, did they have their headlights on?
- Did some other event or condition in the surrounding environment contribute to the accident?
Even a rear-end collision that doesn’t result in fatalities could lead to serious consequences, including whiplash and concussions. If the passengers in the vehicle in front aren’t wearing seat belts, they might get thrown out of their seats and even ejected fully from the vehicle.
In the aftermath of a rear-end collision, be sure to contact experienced Nashville car accident attorneys. Your attorney will work on your behalf with a sensitivity to your needs and a determination to help you receive compensation for any losses.