Reckless Driving Accidents
Reckless driving can cause accidents that result in serious injuries or fatalities. Car accident lawyers represent victims of reckless driving. If you’ve been involved in a Nashville collision, a lawyer can help you recoup the financial losses you incurred.
As one of the largest cities in Tennessee, Nashville has some of the busiest roads in the state. Interstate 40 travels directly through the city with several connected interchanges that lead through the metro area.
With people visiting the Music City to tour country music destinations, university students traveling along Dickerson Pike and an average commute time of about 25 minutes for workers, there are a lot of drivers on Nashville’s roads—many of whom may be distracted, negligent or reckless.
In fact, Nashville averages more than 2,000 distracted and reckless driving accidents each year.
If you’ve been hit by a reckless driver, our Nashville car accident lawyers can help you pursue a case against the other driver.
Table Of Contents
- Nashville Reckless Driving Accidents Cause Life-Changing Injuries
- What can a personal injury attorney do?
- Statute of Limitations
- Compensation for Your Injuries
- Who could be liable?
- When to Contact a Lawyer
- Cost of a Lawyer
- Nashville Reckless Driving FAQ
- Why is NST Law the best choice for your Nashville car accident claim?
Nashville Reckless Driving Accidents Cause Life-Changing Injuries
Injuries caused by risky and reckless driving or speeding can be catastrophic, and they include:
- Concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken or amputated limbs
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Soft tissue damage like sprains and strains
- Neck, back and spine injuries, including paralysis
- Crushing injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
Sadly, some people don’t survive violent crashes caused by reckless driving. If you’ve lost a loved one in a reckless driving collision, NST Law can file a wrongful death claim on your behalf.
Critical injuries after a collision may result in emergency transport to a local Nashville hospital like St. Thomas West or Vanderbilt Medical Center. It’s important to seek medical care after an accident. First responders are trained to identify common car accident injuries—even those that don’t show up right away.
Although a car collision can happen just about anywhere in Nashville, some places are more dangerous than others.
The District can be risky, especially at night, with people leaving bars and clubs after a night of drinking. The area also has a high number of rideshare drivers who may be paying more attention to their rideshare apps than the traffic around them.
Other dangerous roads in Nashville include:
- Interstate 65
- Interstate 40
- Interstate 440
- The intersection of Hickory Hollow and Mountain View Road
- The intersection of Bridgestone and Heil Quaker Boulevard
The Tennessee Department of Transportation notes that Interstate 40 is the most dangerous road in the state. As a major trucking route and highway that stretches coast-to-coast, it sees millions of motorists each year.
What can a personal injury attorney do?
Nashville personal injury attorneys represent the car accident victims in reckless driving cases. They help negotiate a settlement that covers the entirety of your medical care, including ongoing physical therapy, rehabilitation and surgery.
Statute of Limitations
Nashville car accident victims, like everyone in Tennessee, have just one year from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. If you try to file a case once this deadline passes, a judge will likely dismiss it, no matter how strongly the facts favor you.
Compensation for Your Injuries
Tennessee car accident victims are entitled to sue for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are “actual damages,” or the total amount of money you lose on medical bills, repairing or replacing a vehicle damaged in the accident or lost wages.
Non-economic damages, also known as “pain and suffering,” compensate you for the suffering, including mental anguish and emotional trauma, that you experienced after the collision.
The amount of damages your car accident lawyer can secure on your behalf usually depends on the other driver’s insurance policy limit.
Who could be liable?
The driver that caused the accident is identified as the at-fault party. After an accident, it’s critical to call the police so that the responding officer can create an accident report. This report helps determine fault for the collision and is an essential aspect of your car accident attorney’s case.
Reckless driving covers many different negligent actions, such as:
- Aggressive driving, tailgating or improper passing
- Disregarding posted traffic signals and signs
- Ignoring weather conditions or driving too fast in inclement weather
- Being distracted by your phone or another device, including texting and driving
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
- Fatigued driving or nodding off behind the wheel
Tennessee law defines reckless driving as wanton and willful disregard for safety while operating a motor vehicle, and the actions outlined above are all considered negligent.
When to Contact a Lawyer
Because the statute of limitations in Tennessee is so short (you only have one year to file a claim, starting from the date of the accident), it’s important to hire a lawyer sooner rather than later.
Additionally, the earlier your lawyer can start on your case, the fresher the evidence against the other driver will be. Your personal injury lawyer will work hard to collect physical evidence and witness recollections about the accident.
Cost of a Lawyer
Most car accident lawyers, like the personal injury attorneys at NST Law, work on a contingency basis. Attorney fees are assessed as a percentage of your final settlement award. If your lawyer doesn’t win your case, then they don’t get paid. We will address our specific fees during your initial consultation.
Nashville Reckless Driving FAQ
It can take a few months to over a year to settle your claim. Every accident is unique, and the timeline will depend on how bad the accident was and how clearly defined the facts of the case are.
Yes, although instead of a personal injury claim, your lawyer will file a wrongful death suit on your behalf. You will recover damages similar to a car accident suit but also be able to recoup burial and funeral expenses.
Why is NST Law the best choice for your Nashville car accident claim?
The legal team at NST Law has decades of combined experience fighting for the victims of Nashville’s reckless driving accidents. We have secured verdicts and settlements totaling more than $2 billion for our clients, and we are prepared to seek the maximum settlement on your behalf too.
We investigate your accident and gather evidence to build a solid case for you. We’re dedicated to fighting hard in negotiations with the other party, whether in mediation or in a courtroom.
If you’ve been injured in a car collision that you didn’t cause, you have the right to pursue damages from the other driver. Contact NST Law today for a free consultation about your case.