Franklin Personal Injury Lawyer
Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Car Accident Victims in Franklin
Franklin is currently undergoing a robust growth in population. Given its proximity to Nashville, the largest metropolitan area in Tennessee, many Franklin residents commute to and from Nashville every day for work, school, special events, or activities. As a result, Franklin becomes a high traffic area, particularly during the morning and afternoon rush hour periods, which unfortunately leads to motor vehicle accidents. While crashes may only result in physical damage to the vehicles involved, others, unfortunately, result in serious injuries to drivers and passengers. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a wreck, contact one of our Franklin car accident attorneys today to discuss your legal rights and options.
Auto Accidents in Franklin, Tennessee
Williamson County, which includes Franklin, has seen an increase in motor vehicles according to data collected by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. For instance, in 2012, there were 3,930 crashes in the county. By 2016, that figure increased to 5,597 accidents. In that same period, its overall crash rank statewide jumped from 57 to 39. Like other counties in Tennessee, distracted driving accidents have significantly increased. In 2007, Williamson County had 410 accidents involving distracted drivers. By 2016, that figure shot up to 1,040.
Navigating the Legal Process for Franklin Accident Victims
No two personal injury cases are exactly the same. With nuances and legal complexities within a given case, it is critical to retain experienced counsel. The Franklin personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have over 30 years of experience representing clients in a wide range of personal injury matters across Tennessee. We have helped clients through car accidents caused by negligent conduct of others, including conduct such as:
- Failure to maintain a safe lookout
- Texting while driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Improper left turns
- Following too closely
- Talking on a cell phone
One of the most important concepts in personal injury actions, especially car accident cases, is proving liability, or fault. While in some cases it may be clear which party was at fault, in other cases the issue is hotly contested. For example, an insurance company may allege that the injured plaintiff was partially at fault. Tennessee is modified comparative fault jurisdiction, which means that a plaintiff’s damages are reduced in proportion to his or her degree of fault, provided that the defendant was 50% or more at fault. For example, assume you were driving on 4th Avenue South, approaching the intersection with Church Street. You stop at the stop sign and proceed to continue straight. As you enter the intersection, you are struck by a car coming from Church Street. If you and the other driver blame each other and it is ultimately determined that you were 20% responsible for the collision, you could recover 80% of your damages.
One must have actually suffered injuries or damages to ultimately prevail on a personal injury claim. Damages following a car accident come in many forms. One of the more obvious damages includes medical bills, medication costs, and hospital charges. Another common form of damages is the loss of wages from the victim missing work. Non-economic damages, which include pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, may also be available. If necessary, our car accident lawyers will hire expert witnesses on behalf of Franklin victims to investigate the facts of the case and assess a proper amount of damages.
Each state imposes different limitations on how long a plaintiff has to file a personal injury action. In Tennessee, a personal injury victim typically has one year after the date of an accident to file a lawsuit. In Franklin, car accident lawsuits are typically filed in the Circuit Court of Williamson County, located at 135 4th Avenue South, Franklin, TN 37064. With the clock ticking as soon as the wreck takes place, contacting an experienced lawyer sooner rather than later can be beneficial.
We Are Available 24/7 for a Free Consultation
The Franklin car accident attorneys at NST are here to assist in your time of need. With just one call, you can begin the process of letting us protect your rights. As your lawyers, we can help gather and preserve evidence and work to pursue proper compensation on your behalf, consulting with experts and preparing your case for trial if necessary. Having recovered over $1.5 billion for our clients in locations across Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Missouri, we understand what clients deserve out of representation. Let us represent you following a car accident in the greater Franklin area, which includes Spring Hill, Brentwood, and Fairview. To set up a free consultation with one of our dedicated car and truck accident attorneys, contact our office toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. Let us show you the “NST Way.”