Newport Car Wreck Lawyers
Our Personal Injury Law Firm Provides Legal Representation for Injured Victims
Tennessee’s roads are among the most dangerous in the country. Each year, auto collisions lead to an average of more than 1,000 deaths in our state and cause even more injuries. With more drivers on the road than ever before, suffering an injury in a motor vehicle crash (sometimes referred to as a motor vehicle accident or car accident) is an extremely common occurrence. Unfortunately, recovering from such injuries can be incredibly expensive. There will be hospital bills, doctors’ fees, insurance premiums and other related costs. Further, if you are unable to return to work, you will suffer additional financial setbacks in the form of lost wages. This rings especially true if your future earning potential is also jeopardized.
The Newport car accident attorneys at Myers & Ball, LLP, understand the hardships that wrongfully injured individuals face. We work tirelessly for every client to win them the funds they need in order to successfully recover from their ordeal.
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence on the road, then we can pursue compensation for medical costs, ongoing care, lost income (past, present and future), pain and suffering, emotional distress and other related considerations. Our priority is to ensure that you receive the financial support you need in order to recover with as little stress as possible.
What Are the Different Types of Car Accidents?
Our personal injury law firm, based in Cocke County and serving greater eastern Tennessee, offers assistance in a full range of vehicle injury matters, including:
- Car wrecks. When another negligent passenger car driver is responsible for a wreck, the other driver has the right to pursue legal action to seek compensation for damages. Car accidents are most often caused by distracted driving (such as texting or checking social media while driving), inclement weather conditions and intoxicated drivers.
- Trucking collisions. Accidents involving semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are consistently more serious when it comes to damage done to the drivers and vehicles involved. The most common causes of trucking accidents are driver error, aggressive driving and improperly stored cargo.
- Motorcycle wrecks. Motorcyclists, aside from pedestrians and bicyclists, are one of the most exposed motor vehicle drivers on the road. Even if a motorcyclist wears protective gear, little can be done when it comes down to flesh against metal traveling at a high speed. Speed does not even need to be a factor. A motorcyclist can be seriously injured when he or she is hit by a slow-moving vehicle.
- ATV crashes. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), “there are about 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries every year involving ATVs.” ATV accidents often occur due to ATV drivers going on public roadways, underage children driving or riding the vehicle and drivers/passengers not wearing protective gear (helmet, goggles or other eye protection, gloves etc.).
- Bicycle Accidents. Bicyclists have the same rights as other drivers on the road. However, they are often victims in motor vehicle collisions due to driver inattentiveness. Bicyclists can be harder to see, often positioned in a driver’s blind spot, or are often an after-thought. When a driver is in a popular cyclist area, it is important to exercise even more caution than normal and ensure that you share the road.
- Vehicle Pedestrian Collision. When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle while lawfully walking down the street, that person will likely be seriously injured. As with motorcyclists and bicyclists, a car does not have to be going very fast in order to cause a significant injury. The most common injuries suffered by struck pedestrians include traumatic brain injury, shattered/fractured bones and internal bleeding.
Drawing on our Newport car accident attorneys’ decades of combined experience, either one of them can help you understand how much your injury claim is worth. We are adept at negotiating with insurance companies to obtain favorable settlements — and are able to provide aggressive courtroom representation to our clients if an insurer tries to underpay a claim.
What Should I Do After a Car Crash?
Being involved in any serious collision is a frightening event that no one wants to experience. Unfortunately, it is an increasingly common occurrence that is cementing its existence into our daily lives. We have seen firsthand the destruction that a negligent motor vehicle accident can leave behind. As a result, our Newport vehicle accident attorneys know what steps to take immediately following an accident that best help clients down the road should they pursue legal action.
If you are able to at the time of the incident, then it is in your best interest to follow these three steps:
- Seek medical attention. If your injuries are minor enough that you can call for medical attention, then do so before seeing if anyone else needs your help. If there is a significantly injured person, you can stay on the line with the 911 operator in order to provide basic first aid.
- Collect evidence. Hopefully, you have a working cell phone or camera that is unharmed in the collision because the best thing you can do immediately following an crash is to take photographs. This means taking photographs of all damage done to vehicles, persons as well as the surrounding area (ie: broken light poles, guardrails etc.); it further means collecting any contact information of all witnesses as their testimony will likely be useful in court proceedings, if possible audio record witnesses describing the crash-especially to officers and first responders.
- Call your insurance. When you settle everything at the scene, it is important to call your insurance company to report the crash as soon as possible. However, it is sometimes equally important to not give your insurance company a detailed statement regarding the incident before consulting with a qualified Newport vehicle accident attorney first.
Easing your pain and, whenever possible, facilitating your recovery are our firm’s ultimate aims. We work closely with our clients, keeping them informed of their options and helping them obtain an advantageous outcome.
Can I File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Tennessee?
You may be able to file a lawsuit after a crash. Whether you succeed depends on the circumstances. There are some general rules for filing a successful car accident lawsuit in Tennessee.
- You must be within the statute of limitations. In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for a collision injury claim is generally one year from the date of the crash. In many cases, you cannot file an injury lawsuit if you are beyond the statute of limitations. However, there are some situations where you may be able to toll the statute of limitations if certain conditions apply. Contact our personal injury attorney for more information.
- You must not exceed Tennessee’s modified comparative negligence rule. Tennessee follows a modified comparative negligence rule. You cannot recover compensation from a lawsuit if you are 51 percent or more responsible for the crash. If you are below this threshold, then a higher percentage of fault may reduce the amount of compensation you receive.
What If I Am Hit By an Underinsured or Uninsured Driver in Tennessee?
Some collisions involve uninsured or underinsured motorists. If you are in a crash with a driver that has inadequate or no insurance, then it may be difficult to pursue compensation for your damages. Drivers with inadequate or no insurance likely lack the financial means or assets to pay compensation through a judgment or settlement.
However, you may have UM/UIM coverage on your auto insurance policy. You may be able to recover compensation for your damages through your insurance provider.
Should I File a Car Accident Lawsuit?
There are cases where it may be necessary to file a lawsuit. We encourage you to contact our car accident lawyer to discuss this option in more detail. Car accident lawsuits can help pay for damages that include:
- Hospital bills
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Home modifications
- Pain and suffering
How much compensation you can recover depends on the circumstances. Your injuries, degree of fault, occupation, and other factors could affect the amount of a settlement or verdict.
We Work With You At Every Step — Call Our Newport Car Wreck Lawyers
If you or a family member has suffered an injury due to the negligence of another motor vehicle driver, then we encourage you to reach out to our local Tennessee personal injury law firm. Our Newport car accident attorneys have dedicated their legal careers to helping the wrongfully injured recover as much as possible.
We offer free initial consultations, so we can assess your case without an immediate obligation to pay. Going forward, we continue work on a contingency basis. This means that we do not receive payment unless your case is won.
To speak with one of our car wreck lawyers, you can call our office in Newport at (423) 248-1023 or contact us online.