Knoxville Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a car accident in or near Knoxville, you may be faced with many hurdles as you begin the recovery process. Out of pocket expenses may include hospital bills, physical therapy, and time off from work. To recover these losses, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the accident. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, and our Knoxville car accident lawyers have represented people hurt in East Tennessee for over 30 years. NST is the way to go.Proving Liability for a Car Accident
Between 2007 and 2017, there were more than 260,000 car crashes in Knox County, Tennessee, according data compiled by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Some of the leading causes were failure to yield to right of way and following improperly. Tennessee law requires all drivers to act reasonably under the circumstances, which includes paying proper attention to their surroundings. Drivers who breach this duty may be considered negligent.
Negligence in Tennessee is typically defined as a breach of a legal duty owed to someone else, and in the context of motor vehicles, may entail failing to drive safely or act reasonably under the circumstances. The following may constitute driver error or negligence in causing a Knoxville resident to suffer injuries in a car accident:
- Texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Failing to maintain a safe lookout
- Following too closely
What am I entitled to after a car wreck, you may ask? Proving negligence is one way to recover damages in a car accident lawsuit. In addition to proving the defendant driver’s negligence, you will need to prove that you sustained damages as a result of the accident, which could include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and property damage. Medical bills may be significant if you sustained a serious injury like broken bones or paralysis. You will then need to prove that your losses were caused by the defendant’s negligence, or breach of the duty to drive safely. Our Knoxville attorneys can guide car accident victims through each step of the legal process. We are equipped to serve those injured throughout Knox County and surrounding areas, including Farragut, Maryville, Morristown, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, Alcoa, and Clinton.
What happens if the parties give conflicting statements to police about how the accident occurred? The other driver’s insurance company will likely strongly contest the injury claim you are making. Under the theory of comparative negligence, your damages may be reduced by the percentage of which you are found to have contributed to the accident. Tennessee follows the rule of modified comparative negligence, which means a victim may be barred from recovering damages if his or her fault is found to be 50% or greater.
For example, if an accident occurs at a four-way stop and both drivers claim they had the right of way, the officer might not issue a citation at the scene. To prove the other driver’s fault, witness statements may be helpful. If there were no witnesses to the crash, an accident reconstruction expert may be retained, depending on the circumstances. These experts can visit the accident scene, inspect the vehicles, and recreate the crash to help determine what exactly happened.
Unfortunately, Knoxville has witnessed dozens of fatal car accidents in recent years. In 2014, for example, there were 29 fatal accidents in the city, involving 52 vehicles and 100 people. This represented a drop from 38 accidents in 2013, but it is still higher than the state average. Drunk driving was not as significant an issue as in other recent years, but seven pedestrians lost their lives to careless drivers. Several of these accidents occurred on I-40, I-140, and I-275, but fatal crashes also occurred on ordinary streets like Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Clyde Street, Murray Drive, and Ferd Hickey Road. In one particularly lethal accident on December 2, 2014, three people lost their lives at the junction of US-11 and US-25.Consult Car Accident Lawyers Serving the Greater Knoxville Area
If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle crash in Knoxville, the 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. We have over 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, giving us the resources to help pursue all damages to which our clients are legally entitled. Our firm represents injured people 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. We also assist people who need a truck crash lawyer in or around Knoxville. Contact our office by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a Knoxville car accident attorney. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.