Personal injury laws, including those governing accident and injury compensation, are constantly undergoing review and revision. Lawmakers keep track of accident trends and data and use them to make necessary legal changes.
In recent years, Tennessee has modified its injury compensation laws to potentially benefit those who suffer losses in a motor vehicle accident. As a resident who must sometimes share the road with negligent motorists, it serves your interests to know how these laws may impact your claim.
Adopted the 49% rule
In the past, if an injured party was even 1% at fault for an accident, they could not recover any damages. In 2007, the Tennessee Supreme Court adopted the 49% rule, which allows victims with injuries to recover damages when they are less than 50% at fault. The rule has made it easier for injured parties to get the compensation they deserve.
Passed House Bill (HB) 164
In 2019, the Tennessee governor passed HB 164, which contains several new electronic device restrictions while driving. Of course, it remains illegal to text when controlling a vehicle, but now it is unlawful to hold or reach for a cell phone or other device. These laws have helped to make the roads safer and may also play a role in determining accident fault.
It is safe to assume lawmakers will continue their efforts to reduce accidents by creating new laws to deter and penalize negligent drivers. Still, believing you will automatically receive a fair settlement after a collision injures you is typically unwise.
Staying current with new and proposed laws can help you understand your rights as a victim. Legal guidance may aid in using the law to protect these rights and claim accident compensation.