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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.