Chattanooga Rental Car Accidents
Personal Injury Attorneys Representing Auto Crash Victims in Chattanooga
In Hamilton County, there are many businesses as well as scenic attractions that draw in visitors from out of town, such as Amazon, Coca Cola, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Lookout Mountain, Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and more. In order to get from place to place, many visitors will rent a car from a car rental company, such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, or Enterprise. Many locals, on the other hand, may rent a car if their own car is undergoing maintenance or repair. As with any type of vehicle, there is the possibility of being involved in a collision when driving and sustaining injuries as a result. For victims of rental car collisions, however, recovering damages can be confusing, difficult, and lengthy due to special considerations that must be taken into account. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rental car accident, you should contact one of the Chattanooga car accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today. With upwards of 30 lawyers and over 120 staff members, we are the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee.
Pursuing Compensation for a Rental Car Accident
When seeking compensatory damages following a rental car collision, you will likely have to prove the at-fault driver’s liability, which can be done by establishing negligence. That person could be your driver or the driver of another vehicle. In order to do that, you must show that the defendant breached a duty of reasonable care that he or she owed you, which resulted in you being injured. Negligence can take many forms, ranging from driving while fatigued or cell phone use while driving to reckless driving or drunk driving.
A knowledgeable auto accident attorney in the Chattanooga area can help you substantiate your claim as well as simplify the complex legalities surrounding rental car collisions. One such complexity concerns insurance coverage. Multiple policies may be at play, including insurance on the rental car, the driver’s personal auto insurance, or your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. To ensure you are able to recover full compensation for your injuries and losses, it will be crucial to identify all applicable insurance policies.
A collision involving a rental car can happen anywhere. Let us say, for example, that you are driving on Airport Connector Road near the Chattanooga Airport, which is located at 1001 Airport Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421. Behind you is a person driving a rental car and talking on his cell phone at the same time. Due to his focus being taken away from the road, he rear-ends you, causing you to suffer whiplash and head trauma.
Motor vehicle collisions, regardless of whether or not they involve rental cars, can leave you with serious injuries – some that may even be debilitating and require rehabilitation at a nearby hospital like HealthSouth Chattanooga Rehabilitation Hospital, located at 2412 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404. To compensate you for physical therapy, lost wages, medical bills, and other monetary losses deriving from the accident, you can be awarded economic damages. The intangible losses stemming from a collision, which may include pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life, can be compensated for via non-economic damages.
Contact an NST Lawyer to See How We Can Help You
Like any other collision, rental car accidents can leave victims with serious injuries, but victims of such collisions may not know how to go about pursuing damages. The personal injury attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz understand how to investigate car accidents and develop strategies towards helping clients recover for the injuries. Our firm represents people injured in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. Give us the opportunity to show you why NST is the way to go.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.