Memphis Car Accident Lawyer
After a serious car accident in Tennessee or the surrounding states, you may need to take time off work and obtain medical care. You may also receive bills for other services that you need, such as vocational rehabilitation, counseling, physical therapy, or surgery. Depending on your situation, you may not be able to afford to pay for all of the services that you need on your own. This is why it is important to enlist a personal injury attorney if you have been involved in an accident that was caused by the carelessness of another driver. Having practiced for more than 25 years, the Memphis car accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have recovered over $1 billion on behalf of victims and their families throughout the region, including in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Missouri. As the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, with 33 attorneys and over 100 total staff, we have the resources necessary to mount an aggressive case on your behalf. If you do not receive a fair settlement offer, we are ready to take your case to trial, and we thoroughly prepare each of our cases with that possibility in mind.Seeking Compensation for a Car Accident
You only have one year after an accident in Tennessee to bring a personal injury lawsuit. This is a narrow window of time, which makes it critical to take action as soon as possible. Tennessee law also has strict timelines and specific procedures for making a claim through the uninsured or underinsured motorist provision of your policy. These claims can be made if the at-fault driver has no insurance, does not have enough insurance to properly compensate the victim, or leaves the scene and cannot be identified or found.
In most cases, car accidents result from a driver’s negligence. To assert the right to compensation, a victim’s attorney usually will need to establish the defendant's duty toward the victim, a breach of that duty, causation, and damages. A driver may breach their duty to use reasonable care in any number of ways, including drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, or failing to yield at an intersection. The victim would need to show that they likely would not have been hurt if the defendant had used the appropriate level of care.
Tennessee follows the rule of modified comparative fault. If the defendant believes that you were partially or fully to blame for the crash, they may invoke this rule and ask the jury to determine the total damages as well as the victim’s percentage of responsibility. Any damages award will be reduced by the percentage of the victim’s fault, and it is barred entirely if the victim was 50% or more at fault. This is one reason why it is important to retain a car accident attorney rather than trying to go through the process alone. An experienced legal professional can develop a strategy for fighting back against any allegations of comparative fault. For example, in contested liability cases, Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may retain accident reconstruction experts to prove the defendant’s fault and analyze data stored in a vehicle’s black box. We may also utilize investigators to preserve evidence, photograph the scene, and interview witnesses.
Forms of compensation available in car accident cases usually include economic losses, such as medical bills, lost income, household services, and other tangible items, as well as noneconomic losses like pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of activity, and loss of consortium. It may be necessary to retain experts to help prepare a concrete estimate of a victim’s future costs and losses. Our firm can enlist experts to produce day in the life videos, prepare psychosocial reports, create life care plans, and produce economic reports related to future wage loss and lost earning capacity.Consult an NST Car Accident Lawyer in Memphis or Surrounding Regions
If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle collision in Tennessee or the surrounding states, the Memphis car accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to assist you. We can be reached 24/7 to discuss your case, and we are available to meet with you at a location of your choice. Our car and truck accident attorneys have experience bringing claims arising from all types of injuries, including cases involving brain trauma, spinal cord injury, broken bones, and soft tissue. We are licensed to serve clients across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation. Once you get to know us, you will realize that NST is the way to go.