Cleveland Car Accidents
Motor Vehicle Crash Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Those Injured in Cleveland
Have you been involved in a car accident due to the careless driving of someone else? Were you injured? No matter how significant the accident or your injuries may be, the Cleveland car accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can help. Every day, thousands of people are involved in auto accidents that can result in severe injuries requiring months of medical care and time away from work. Sudden accidents are always unexpected, and they often leave families in financial binds due to the cost of medical care and the inability to provide for their families while recovering. Over the past 25+ years, our attorneys have assisted over 30,000 injured victims and have collected more than $1.5 billion in settlements and awards for those we have represented. As the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, we have the resources to provide each of our clients with the legal advice and guidance they deserve.
Bringing a Car Accident Claim Under Tennessee Personal Injury Law
Car accidents mainly occur due to someone else’s negligent actions while operating a vehicle. In order to be entitled to any damages after a wreck in Cleveland or Bradley County, you must be able to establish that another driver acted in a negligent manner. Under Tennessee law, negligence is established by proving the following elements:
- Duty: In Tennessee, all drivers have a legal duty to drive safely so that those around them are not harmed by erratic driving. It does not matter when or where you are driving – if you fail to operate your vehicle in a safe manner, you could be considered negligent.
- Breach: Breach occurs when someone fails to abide by their duty to drive safely. This generally occurs by someone violating a traffic violation, such as speeding, following too closely, failing to yield, driving while distracted, etc.
- Causation: Proving that someone violated a traffic violation is not enough; you also will have to prove that the driver’s breach of duty to drive safely was the cause of the collision. This can be established through witness testimony and physical evidence gathered from the crash scene. On behalf of Cleveland victims, our car accident lawyers will seek to conduct a thorough investigation in order to help establish causation.
- Damages: The last element of succeeding on a negligence claim, either in court or outside of litigation, is the ability to show that you suffered actual damages. This is generally supported by medical documentation supporting you were involved in an accident and injured as a result.
If all four elements are proven, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered. There are two types of damages that are typically awarded in Tennessee auto accident cases – compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages, designed to make the victim “whole” again, typically consist of both your economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are more tangible losses such as medical bills, out of pocket expenses, and lost wages. Non-economic damages are more intangible losses. These include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. Punitive damages, on the other hand, may be awarded to punish the defendant if he or she acted recklessly or maliciously, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Contact a Cleveland Car Accident Attorney Today
Auto accidents are common in Cleveland. It is very important that if you are involved in one that you have someone on your side who is experienced in handling car wreck claims. Insurance companies have teams of attorneys and car accident specialists who are hired to figure out a way to defend their side and limit what victims can recover. No matter how significant the injury, our auto accident lawyers are available to help. Our attorneys have dedicated their lives to handling car accident cases and fight every day for the maximum amount of compensation available to our clients. We serve injured parties all across Tennessee, including East Tennessee cities such as Cleveland, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Cookeville, Athens, Lenoir City, and Dayton. Contact our office by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with an experienced car or truck crash attorney. NST is the way to go for people who need a car accident attorney in the Cleveland area.