Tennessee Car Accident Lawyers
Tennessee Car Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one recently suffered damages due to the negligent actions of another driver in Tennessee, the Nashville wrongful death and personal injury attorneys at Sessions & Fleischman, LLC can help you recover your losses through a personal injury claim. Contact our experienced Tennessee car accident lawyers today to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal options for recovery.
Why Choose Sessions & Fleischman For Your Tennessee Car Accident Claim?
Sessions & Fleischman’s car accident attorneys in Tennessee represent people that have been seriously injured in car accidents, trucking-related crashes, and motorcycle wrecks throughout Tennessee and surrounding areas. Do not let concern over how to pay for a lawyer stop you from getting needed advice from a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer. Each of our injury cases begins with a free consultation and case evaluation, and you will never pay a fee to our firm unless we obtain a recovery for you. Our Firm is driven by the hope to help you and your family recover from a tragic motor vehicle accident, and we do that by providing exceptional service to you and your family while working to obtain the maximum recovery possible for you. No one can take away the impact of a motor vehicle crash, but we can obtain a settlement or judgment that will help care for the injuries you sustained.
Sessions & Fleischman is one of the preeminent car accident and personal injury law firms in Georgia. The Firm is led by Ben Sessions. Ben has been consistently recognized as a Top 100 SuperLawyer in Georgia from 2019 through 2021. Ben has personally tried more than 60 jury trials. If you case cannot be successfully negotiated to a settlement, you can rest assured that you will have an experienced and skilled trial lawyer on your side. Beyond being exceptionally good at obtaining recoveries for our clients, we place an equally important emphasis on the service that we provide to our clients. That means keeping your informed about the process and progress in your case. Contact Sessions & Fleischman today. Do not make the mistake of assuming that all truck accident lawyers are the same. Schedule a free consultation today with an experienced Tennessee personal injury lawyer at The Session Law Firm today. We will help you understand the legal process that your case will follow.
How Much is my Nashville Car Crash Claim Worth?
The ultimate goal of any personal injury claim is to help the plaintiff through the suffering due to another party’s negligence. A plaintiff in a car accident claim can secure compensation for any and all damages resulting from the defendant’s negligence, especially from significant damages and serious injuries to an individual. Below are factors that can be compensated for:
- Economic damages: hospital bills, ambulance fees, medical bills, and any and all other expenses related to necessary medical treatment and car accident injuries. This includes future medical expenses if an injury causes a permanent disability or long-term medical complication requiring consistent treatment.
- Lost income compensation if an auto accident forces them to miss work for an extended time. Additionally, some car accident victims sustain permanent damage that prevents them from working in the future. In such a case, the plaintiff may receive compensation for lost future earnings.
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs as well as property damages for damaged or destroyed personal property within the vehicle or other expenses resulting from the accident, such as rental car fees or tow truck fees.
- Suffer severe injuries usually receive compensation for their pain and suffering. Some plaintiffs may receive lump sums while others receive per diem compensation for every day spent in pain until they reach maximum medical recovery.
- If a defendant was egregiously negligent or engaged in criminal activity at the time of the accident, the jury may also award punitive damages, and the defendant could face criminal charges from the state.
An experienced attorney at Sessions & Fleischman, LLC can help an injured driver assess the full scope of your damages from a car accident to ensure a fair recovery.
What is Tennessee’s statute of limitations for car accidents?
Every state upholds a statute of limitations or time limit for filing legal action. In Tennessee, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is one year, beginning on the date the accident occurred. This means a driver must file a legal complaint within one year against a negligent driver, otherwise the other driver could file a motion to dismiss the suit due to the missed statute of limitations, which a judge would likely approve.
What is it like to deal with Insurance Companies in Tennessee?
Dealing with insurance companies can be a long and confusing process. Having an attorney on your side can make dealing with insurance companies easier. Remember, insurance companies look to reduce a settlement offer or deny a claim not serving you in your best interest. In the event that the other driver is uninsured, you many have to pursue an uninsured motorist claim against your own insurance carrier. What we will do in regards to dealing with insurance companies:
- We can help you draft a strong initial demand letter for coverage that fully covers the elements of your auto accident.
- Prepare you for an interview with a claims adjuster or negotiate with the insurer on your behalf.
- Ensure a settlement offer from an insurance company is fair under the terms of the policy in question.
- If an insurance company representative or claims adjuster engages in any bad faith practices, we can help you explore your legal options to hold the insurer accountable and not only help you recover a fair settlement but also potentially hold the insurer accountable for bad faith practices.
Is Tennessee an at-fault or no-fault state?
Tennesse is considered an at-fault state which means the driver who is found at fault for the auto accident will be legally and financially responsible for damages and injuries that resulted from the accident.
The insurance company will pay for damages and injuries up to the limit of the at-fault driver’s policy. After that, the responsible driver is legally obligated to pay the rest.
Minimum liability coverage amounts in Tennessee:
- $25,000 for injury to one person in one accident
- $50,000 for two or more people injured in one accident
- $15,000 for property damage in one accident
Proving fault in a car accident can be challenging, our Tennesse car accident attorneys will help you every step of the way. After an accident, you will need to prove that you are 49% or less at fault for the accident to get compensation.
Tennessee Law Protects the Victims of Negligent Drivers
A person injured in a car wreck may be able to seek compensation if the accident was caused by the negligence of another person or entity. The victim of the accident can file a negligence lawsuit against the responsible party, and a car accident attorney in Nashville can help. To bring a successful negligence lawsuit the person bringing the suit, the plaintiff, must prove:
- The defendant owed a reasonable person duty to the plaintiff;
- The defendant somehow breached this duty; and
- The plaintiff’s injuries were proximately caused by the defendant’s behavior.
All drivers in Tennessee owe everyone else on the road a duty to behave the same as a reasonable person under similar circumstances. Failing to live up to this standard is called a breach. Defendants can breach their duty by sending a text message while driving, failing to yield the right of way, driving drunk, or engaging in any other behavior that is unreasonable given the circumstances.
To prove the final element, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s behavior resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries. In accident cases this is a straightforward proposition. A driver distracted by a text message causes an accident that injures the plaintiff. This is a clear example of causation. Any time an accident was directly caused by the defendant’s behavior, there is causation. Our Nashville car accident lawyers can help you determine the presence of this and other elements after a crash.
What steps should you take after a Tennessee car accident?
- Call 911. The police accident report is an important piece of evidence in your claim. Let the dispatcher know right away that you have been in a crash and you need an ambulance.
- Gather information. Get driver information: the trucker’s name and contact information, what trucking company they work for, their license and insurance information, and any contact information they have for their employers. Get contact information for witnesses, too. Do not talk about the accident with the truck driver or anyone else involved in your crash. Anything you say could be used against you.
- Take Pictures. Document the crash scene with pictures and/or video showcasing all property damage, especially to the vehicles involved, tire marks, street signs, traffic signals, road hazards, and construction.
- Write down everything you can remember. Include the date, time, location, weather conditions, and anything of note that happened immediately before, during, or after your crash. How was the truck driver acting after the accident? Did the trucker say anything like “I didn’t see you” or “I’m sorry”? These are important details to note.
- Don’t talk about your crash with anyone. It’s critical that you do not discuss your truck accident with anyone involved in the crash or post anything about it online, including on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, etc.). If you want to fully understand your rights and go over your legal options, you should contact an experienced truck accident lawyers for a free case evaluation before you talk to anyone, especially the insurance company. Anything you say could be used could be used by the truck driver’s insurance company to challenge or deny your claim.
- Get the highest/best level of treatment possible. Many personal injury claims are hurt by virtue of the client seeking medical care that is not appropriate for the injuries that they have sustained. For example, if you have suffered a traumatic injury to your spine, seeing a chiropractor for 2 months after your accident will likely not positively impact your case. We understand that incurring medical bills is a tremendous source of stress for many of our clients, but we can help you understand how the bills will be paid and how to be compensated for your pain and suffering. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, consult with your injury attorney about the appropriate type of specialist to see for your care. If you are trying to locate a hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia, Navicent Health Baldwin, formerly known as Oconee Regional Medical Center, is at 821 N Cobb St, Milledgeville, GA 31061.
- Place known insurers on notice of the claim against the policy issued by them. Oftentimes, insurers try to avoid or escape liability based upon the failure of their insured (the person or corporation that caused your injury) to follow a condition of their insurance policy. Insurance policies have conditions in this that are called conditions precedent, and if an insured fails to meet the conditions precedent to coverage, the insurer may attempt to avoid being responsible for your damages. One of the conditions precedents to insurance coverage being available for an incident and injuries is that the insured (the person or corporation that caused your injury) must give the insurer notice of the occurrence that caused your injury. This is the first part of establishing an insurance claim. We work to make sure that all possible insurers have notice of your injuries so that the insurer cannot later claim a lack of notice to avoid liability for your damages. Do not let a simple mistake (that no non-lawyer would be aware of) allow an auto insurance company to avoid responsibility. Also, it is critical that insurance claims be established against the other driver’s insurance carrier and your own uninsured motorist carriers.
Do Not Delay when hiring a Tennessee Car Accident Lawyer
It is extremely important to hire an attorney as soon as the accident has occurred. This allows for more evidence and information to be collected making your case overall stronger. Do not hesitate in giving Sessions & Fleischman a call with just small injuries or for a case evaluation. Sessions & Fleischman is here to give you legal advice and help through this stressful time. At our firm, we prioritize our attorney-client relationship always keeping you upfront on your case and never in the dark. Give Ben Sessions a call for a free consultation!
Disclaimer: The information provided on this page does not create an attorney-client relationship. Ben Sessions is not license to practice in Tennessee. Sessions & Fleischman, LLC, will associate with a licensed Tennessee counsel to advise any client on a Tennessee car accident case.