Questions About Your Motor Vehicle Injury Claim?
A Cocke County Automobile Injury Attorney Can Provide You With Answers
The personal injury lawyers at Myers & Ball, LLP have handled various kinds of auto injury claims over the years. During this time, we have fielded many questions from our clients. Naturally, some of these questions are asked more often than others. The following list of frequently asked questions should provide you with a general understanding of how auto injury claims operate. However, while the information provided is a good starting point, it is not comprehensive. For more detailed information, contact a Cocke County automobile injury attorney from our firm. In a free consultation, we can discuss your particular situation and walk you through your best legal options.
Tennessee Automobile Injury FAQs
- How Do I Determine the Value of My Auto Collision Claim?
- Am I Required to See a Doctor After a Car Crash?
- How Do I Determine Who to Sue After a Car Wreck?
- What Evidence Do I Need to Prove Negligence After an Auto Collision?
- How Long Do I Have to File a Motor Vehicle Injury Claim?
- Can I Recover Compensation if I Was Partially At Fault for the Wreck?
- Can I Afford an Attorney to Represent My Car Crash Case?
- When Should I Contact a Cocke County Automobile Injury Attorney?
- Can I Recover Compensation if I Was Not Wearing My Seatbelt at the Time of the Crash?
How Do I Determine the Value of My Auto Collision Claim?
It is important to understand that the value of an auto wreck claim will vary by situation. Depending on the facts of the case, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include compensation for losses that are more easily quantifiable. This includes medical bills, treatments or therapies, lost wages and lost earning capacity, for example. Non-economic damages cover harms suffered, like pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment.
Am I Required to See a Doctor After a Car Crash?
While there is no requirement to see a physician after a crash, if you are injured you should always seek medical attention. You know your body better than anyone and will know if you have suffered an injury. Medical reports are then used to prove the injury so it is important that you seek medical attention if you are injured. It is not uncommon to experience a delay in symptoms after sustaining a car collision injury. Thus, seeing a doctor as soon as possible will help you detect any medical issues sooner rather than later. At the same time, seeing a doctor as soon as possible will also help you with your auto injury claim. Establishing a medical record early on will help to show that your injuries were a direct result of the collision.
How Do I Determine Who to Sue After a Car Wreck?
Determining who to take legal action against after a car wreck will depend on who was at fault for the crash. Any negligent party who caused your injuries may be legally liable for them. In Tennessee, this party might be the other driver, their employer or the owner of the vehicle they were driving. It could also be an auto part manufacturer if a defective part caused the wreck. The state or local government may also be liable if poor road design or maintenance caused the collision. A Cocke County automobile injury attorney can help you determine which of these parties to hold liable for your injuries.
What Evidence Do I Need to Prove Negligence After an Auto Collision?
A successful personal injury claim will prove that another party’s negligence caused the crash. Negligence here means that this person did not act reasonably given the circumstances. To prove this, you will need to submit supporting evidence for your claim. This evidence can include the officer’s testimony, eyewitness testimony and photos or video of the crash or crash scene.
How Long Do I Have to File a Motor Vehicle Injury Claim?
A statute of limitations sets a timeframe for filing a legal claim. In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for an auto injury claim is generally one year from the date of the collision. This is also true of auto collisions which cause the wrongful death of a victim. However, generally, the statute of limitations does not take effect until the day this person passes away.
Can I Recover Compensation if I Was Partially At Fault for the Collision?
Tennessee has adopted a rule called modified comparative negligence. This means that two drivers may share the blame in causing a car crash. However, even if you are partially at fault, you may still be able to recover damages. Under modified comparative negligence, each party receives a percentage of liability. If you are less than 50% responsible, then you can recover damages reduced by the amount you are liable. However, if you are more than 50% responsible, then you cannot recover any damages.
Can I Afford an Attorney to Represent My Car Crash Case?
At Myers & Ball, LLP, we have made hiring a Cocke County automobile injury attorney affordable. For starters, we offer free initial consultations. During this consultation, we discuss your case, questions and concerns free of charge. If you decide to have us represent you, we will take your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not pay us anything until we secure your compensation.
When Should I Contact a Cocke County Automobile Injury Attorney?
If you have sustained injuries in a car wreck, then contact our office right away. Our team can advise you on how to proceed with a potential car wreck claim in mind. Getting started early will improve the odds that your claim will be successful.
Can I Recover Compensation if I Was Not Wearing My Seatbelt at the Time of the Crash?
Generally, yes. In Tennessee, not wearing a seatbelt at the time of a crash does not negate your claim. An exception to this rule is if you are filing a product liability claim against the seatbelt manufacturer.
Pursue a Claim With a Trusted Cocke County Automobile Injury Attorney
Myers & Ball, LLP handles personal injury claims across a wide range of areas. We have experience representing auto injury victims at all stages in the claims process. Our services include assisting clients with filing a claim, negotiating with insurance companies, reaching a settlement or arguing a claim in court. To learn more, schedule your free initial consultation with us today. You can contact our Cocke County motor vehicle lawyers by leaving us a message online or dialing (423)248-1023.