How We Investigate a Nashville Car Accident Lawsuit
When you are involved in a car wreck, you need an experienced Nashville car accident law firm on your side to investigate the cause of your accident, prove who was at fault, determine the damages that you have suffered, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
At Bill Easterly & Associates, our talented auto accident lawyers begin investigating your crash as soon as possible, building a strong case early on. When you first contact our firm about your claim, you can expect:
1. Our accident attorneys will review the details during a free consultation.
The first step in the process of investigating your car accident lawsuit is a free case consultation with a member of our experienced legal team. During your free consultation, we will learn as much about your accident as possible, which will serve as the foundation for our investigation. We will need you to provide us with important details, such as:
- The time, location, and date of the accident
- The weather and lighting conditions surrounding your accident
- The parties and vehicles involved, including any passengers
- The details of the other driver (contact information, vehicle make and model, insurance information, etc.)
- How the accident happened in your own words
- Any important details that you remember about the accident, such as the direction you were traveling, what happened in the moments before the collision, and more
- A copy of the accident report
- A copy of your medical records and bills
- Details about injuries you have suffered and treatment for injuries
Your free consultation is also an opportunity for you to learn more about our law firm, our process, and our history of success.
2. We will return to the accident scene to collect evidence.
After your initial consultation, we will return to the scene of your accident to collect important data and evidence that could provide clues as to how the accident occurred. Because evidence is destroyed or altered with time, it is essential that you contact us as soon as possible after a crash.
At the scene of the accident, we will take photographs of any debris, skid marks, traffic signs, defects in the road, and any other objects or evidence of the crash.
In addition to returning to the scene ourselves, we may also hire accident reconstruction experts who can use the evidence we collect to reconstruct how the accident occurred. The work and testimonies of accident reconstruction experts can be critical in a car accident claim or car accident lawsuit.
In addition to the timely collection of evidence, it is important that we start working on your claim as quickly as possible because Tennessee law limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim to one year from the date of the accident.
3. We will interview any witnesses.
We also prioritize talking to all witnesses who were at the scene of the crash. Although we talk to those directly involved in the crash, including the other driver and any passengers, we try to gather the testimony of an impartial, credible third-party witness who does not have any stake in a settlement. The testimony of a neutral third-party witness can be critical to your case.
In addition to interviewing witnesses, we also talk to responding police officers and emergency personnel, who may be able to provide some insight as to how the accident occurred. We also talk to the owners of nearby businesses to determine whether the businesses’ security cameras recorded the accident.
4. We will investigate whether an auto defect caused the crash.
Although human error is often the cause of a vehicle accident, it is not the only reason that car crashes occur. In some cases, auto defects are to blame for crashes and injuries, ranging from defective ignition devices to dangerous brakes and defective airbags. If we suspect that an auto defect caused or contributed to your accident and injuries, we will investigate to determine:
- Whether your vehicle or vehicle parts have been recalled
- Whether others who own the same vehicle as you have been injured
- Whether the vehicle/vehicle part was defectively designed or manufactured
In order to determine the above, we work with vehicle engineering and design specialists.
5. Our team will document your damages so we can demand full and fair compensation.
While determining the cause of your accident and investigating negligence is a key part of the recovery process, we also investigate the damages you have suffered in order to prove to the insurance company that you deserve to be compensated for your losses. To do this, we collect and organize your medical history (with your authorization), talk to your doctors and anyone else involved in your medical care and treatment, interview your family members and employer to build a case that explains how you have been affected by the crash, and hire experts ─ including specialists and psychiatrists ─ who can speak to the extent of damages you have suffered. We also work with financial experts who can value your claim and make a determination about precisely how much you deserve from an insurance company.
Contact Our Experienced Nashville Car Accident Attorneys Today
Trying to build your case and file a claim on your own after a car accident in Nashville can be stressful and complicated. The process of building a claim is very complex, and overlooking a small detail could be costly. What’s more, you may not have the connections or resources that are necessary to conduct a thorough investigation.
At Bill Easterly & Associates, our Nashville car accident attorneys have both the resources and the experience that your case deserves. We are passionate about helping each and every client pursue the compensation they need after a crash.
If you are injured, don’t wait to take action. Our lawyers are here for you and are ready to start investigating your case and building your claim today. Contact us online or by phone for a free consultation to get started.