Car Accident Lawyers Nashville

A serious car accident can disrupt your life and leave you overwhelmed and struggling to get back on your feet. You may be a considerate person who has never thought about suing someone else, but you should not be burdened paying medical bills from a car accident injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence. Tennessee law is on your side and provides a way for people in your situation to seek compensation to cover your accident-related losses.

The knowledgeable car accident lawyers at Bill Easterly & Associates will review the specific facts of your accident and explain your legal options at no charge. Our personal injury lawyers will lead you through the process of filing a personal injury claim and make every effort to see that you receive full compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at Bill Easterly & Associates provide compassionate service because we understand how stressful it is to be the victim of a serious car accident caused by another motorist.

From Bill Easterly and Associates, P.C., Nashville, Tennessee personal injury lawyers. Call 615-244-2222.

Nashville Car Accident FAQs

A car accident can change your life forever. A minor injury can make your life painful and require you to take time off work to recover, causing you to lose out on wages, bonuses, and career advancement opportunities. If your accident leaves you disabled, you might never work again. You can also face high medical bills and additional expenses like the need for mobility aids and therapies to recover from the physical and emotional pain of the accident.

If your car accident was the result of another party’s negligence, you can seek compensation for these damages through a personal injury claim. Below are six frequently asked questions our firm receives about auto accident claims. Use these to educate yourself about these claims and jump start your first conversation with a member of our team. We will be happy to answer your specific questions during a free consultation and claim review.

What is negligence in a car accident case?

Negligence refers to a party’s failure to take the necessary precautions to protect others from harm. This is the issue around which all personal injury cases revolve. If a victim suffers an injury because of another party’s preventable negligence, the victim is entitled to recover monetary compensation for his or her damages from the negligent party or their insurance provider. Car accidents are often, but not always, caused by driver negligence. Sometimes, they occur because of vehicle malfunction, which may be attributable to the vehicle’s manufacturer or seller, or because of negligence on the part of a pedestrian, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or even the entity charged with maintaining the roadway where the accident occurred.

How do I prove the other driver was at fault?

You cannot simply claim that another party was negligent and that it caused you to suffer an injury. You need to demonstrate the other party’s negligence through evidence that shows how the accident occurred.

Examples of evidence to show the other party’s negligence could include:

  • Photos of the accident
  • A copy of the official police report
  • Video surveillance of the accident
  • Eyewitness testimonies of the accident
  • A digital reconstruction of the accident scene

So much of the critical evidence to support your claim can only be gathered at the site of the accident. Unless you are in immediate need of medical attention, take enough photos of the scene to illustrate how the accident occurred and do not leave the accident scene until you have a copy of the official police report and the attending officer’s contact information. If there were witnesses to the accident, exchange contact information with them in case you need to contact them for their testimonies later.

Which damages can I seek compensation to cover through a car accident claim?

Through your car accident claim, you can seek compensation for damages such as:

  • Your medical bills, which can include your hospitalization, medication, and doctor visits.
  • Your lost wages and other compensation, including your projected future wages if an injury-related disability prevents you from working in the same capacity in the future.
  • Pain and suffering damages, which can include your need for psychological counseling to overcome the emotional trauma of the accident, your need for over-the-counter medication, and your overall reduced quality of life due to the injury.

Just like you need evidence to show that another party was negligent, you need evidence to show that you suffered damages as the direct result of the other party’s negligence. Your evidence for these damages could include copies of your medical and other related bills and documentation showing how much you are paid regularly and how long you had to spend out of work to recover.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

In Tennessee, you have one year from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. With some narrow exceptions, once it expires, you are no longer entitled to recover compensation for your damages.

Can I file a personal injury claim without a lawyer?

Yes. Generally, though, this is not in your best interest. Representing yourself in a legal claim is called proceeding pro se.

Your lawyer is your advocate. Not only will your lawyer ensure that your claim is filed within the statute of limitations, he or she will help you obtain the evidence you need to support your claim and even work with his or her professional network to obtain evidence that you do not have, such as a digital reconstruction of the accident using information like the speed at which you were traveling and the weather conditions present when the accident occurred.

Personal injury lawyers are familiar with the nuances of settling a claim with an insurance company and filing lawsuits on their clients’ behalf. Your lawyer can advise you about filing a lawsuit if you cannot secure the case with the insurance provider. He or she can also provide specific advice about handling your case type, whether it is a driver negligence case, a product liability claim, or a claim against a government entity.

Should I accept a settlement offer from the insurance company?

Your lawyer can also negotiate with the other party’s insurance provider on your behalf, helping you secure an appropriate compensation package for your case. When you originally file your claim, the insurance provider will make a lowball compensation offer, hoping you will accept it. Do not let them get away with it. Instead, allow your lawyer to negotiate with the provider to demonstrate why you deserve a larger settlement.

Work With Experienced Automobile Accident Attorneys in Nashville

If you are suffering from an injury after being involved in a car accident caused by someone else, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. Securing compensation through a personal injury claim can eliminate the financial burden you and your family face because of your injury. Contact our team of personal injury lawyers at Bill Easterly & Associates today to set up your free consultation with us.

How We Can Help You after a Nashville Car Accident

Nashville Car Accident AttorneyOur experienced Nashville personal injury attorneys can thoroughly investigate your accident, build a compelling case, and identify all the potentially liable parties and the sources of insurance available. We can develop a reliable plan to maximize your recovery. Insurance companies often try to take advantage of accident victims’ lack of understanding of the claims process to settle accident cases for much less than fair value. Let us deal with the insurance companies and paperwork so you can focus on your health.

Having an aggressive lawyer advocating for you signals that you are serious about receiving full compensation for your injuries and other losses. Our attorneys offer an initial consultation free of charge to review your accident and legal options. When you hire our law firm, you pay no legal fees until we win your case and obtain money for you. We treat our clients with the same respect and consideration as we would want our own family members to be treated in a similar situation. For each of our cases, that is the commitment we make.

Tennessee law allows only a year to file a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident so it is important not to wait to speak with an injury lawyer. Contact Bill Easterly & Associates to review your situation right away.

 

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A Testimonial from a Client We Helped

“When I hired Bill to represent me in my workers’ compensation claim, I was receiving $238 per week while out of work. Bill found an error in the way the insurance company calculated my wages, and he got my weekly check raised to $352 almost immediately. This couldn’t have come at a better time.”

- Marcus H.

Damages You May Claim After a Serious Car Accident in Tennessee

Car Accident Lawyers TNIf you are seriously injured in a car accident in Nashville caused by another motorist you may have lost income from missing work, have a stack of medical bills, need ongoing physical therapy, and be facing other unanticipated expenses. You should not have to shoulder those expenses alone if another party’s negligence caused your injuries.

Under Tennessee law, you may seek to recover compensation for your losses if someone else’s carelessness or disregard for safety caused your injuries. The at-fault party and their insurance company are responsible for paying the financial damages.

The damages that you may seek by filing a personal injury lawsuit include compensation for:

  • Hospital bills, doctor bills, prescription medications, physical therapy, and psychological counseling related to your injuries
  • Future medical expenses related to your accident
  • Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
  • Loss of intimate relations with your spouse
  • Lost past and future wages related to your accident
  • Costs to repair or replace your wrecked vehicle and pay for a rental car until your car is available

Automobile Accident Lawyers in NashvilleOur knowledgeable car accident attorneys complete a full assessment of the value of your losses. We work in collaboration with life planners to estimate your future medical expenses and lost income, should the severity of your injuries means that you will be limited in your ability to return to work or help support your family.

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Common Causes of Car Accidents in Nashville

Car Accident Law Firm in NashvilleNashville has more than 440,000 licensed drivers and ranks first in Tennessee in a number of traffic accident categories, including the overall rate of crashes, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety.

Nashville also ranks first in the following categories:

  • Frequency of injuries in traffic accidents
  • Accidents caused by speeding
  • Accidents involving young drivers ages 15 to 24
  • Accidents involving senior drivers ages 65 and older

Statistics show nearly 7,400 people were injured in accidents in Nashville-Davidson County in 2014, and approximately one of every six young drivers ages 15 to 24 are involved in a crash.

Serious car accidents can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Distracted drivers who might be talking on a phone, looking at their navigation or talking to another passenger
  • Drunk drivers who use poor judgment in getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol
  • Unsafe drivers who are speeding or driving too fast for road or weather conditions
  • Drowsy drivers who are dangerously fatigued and nodding off at the wheel
  • Defective automotive parts such as faulty brakes or steering, which may cause a driver to lose control
  • Unsafe road conditions including uneven pavement, poorly marked roadways, hidden road signs, standing water caused by poor drainage, and other conditions

Any of these factors, as well as others, may cause a serious accident and give an accident victim the legal right to seek compensation for losses caused by another party’s negligence.

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Steps to Take After a Nashville Car Accident

1Check Everyone’s Condition

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Assess whether you or anyone else involved in the accident requires emergency medical attention and call an ambulance if needed.

2Call Police

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Summon Nashville Metro police or the law enforcement agency in the local community to the scene of the car collision to fill out an accident report, which creates an official record of the accident. Do not let another driver talk you out of reporting the accident to police.

3Document the Accident

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Use your phone camera to take photos of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles if you can do so safely while waiting for police to arrive.

4Share Insurance Info

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Exchange driver license and insurance information with the other drivers involved and collect the names and phone numbers of any passengers. If the other driver refuses to produce his or her driver license, wait for the police to obtain this information.

5Identify Witnesses

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Collect the names, addresses and contact information for any witnesses to the accident.

6No Comment

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Do not discuss the accident with the other drivers involved or try to reassure the others that you are unharmed. The surge of adrenalin after a crash may mask injuries and you may wake up a day or two afterward with a lot of pain and soreness. Insurance companies may try to use your comments at the accident scene to deny your claim.

7Contact Attorney

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Contact an experienced Nashville car accident attorney who can investigate the case and provide trusted guidance.

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How to Afford a Car Accident Lawyer in Nashville If You Have Been Injured

Our car accident attorneys at Bill Easterly & Associates understand that you have unexpected medical bills if you have been seriously injured in an accident. You do not have extra money to hire a lawyer right now. Our attorneys will handle your case on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee arrangement allows personal injury victims to have skilled legal representation with no upfront costs. Our attorneys are confident in their legal abilities. If we agree to represent you, we will accept as our legal fee a portion of any insurance settlement or jury award that we obtain for you. You do not pay unless and until we obtain money for you. That gives us incentive and makes having legal representation more affordable for injury victims.

The time limit for personal injury claim in Tennessee is one year from the accident, so you should not delay in contacting an attorney. Contact us today to take advantage of our free case evaluation.

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