Motor Vehicle Accident in Newport?
Newport Vehicle Accident Attorneys Offer Support 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 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 motor vehicle 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 Different Types of Motor Vehicle 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 accidents. 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 collisions. 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 car going as slow as 35-40 miles per hour.
- 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 accidents 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 Accident. 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 vehicle 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 do I do After a Motor Vehicle Accident?
Being involved in any accident 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 accident because the best thing you can do immediately following an accident 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 accident-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 accident 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 attorneys 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.
We Work With You At Every Step — Call Us Today
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 vehicle 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 lawyers, you can call our office in Newport at (423) 248-1023 or contact us online.