In 2015, there were 952 deaths by car accident in Tennessee alone. The number of fatalities has risen each year since. In 2019, that number rose to 1,148. Even as cars become safer, statistically our roadways are becoming more dangerous. The most common wrecks that prompt new clients to call our car accident attorneys are rear end collisions by distracted drivers. People are more and more distracted by their cellphones and media while driving. It is the bread and butter of our Knoxville car accident attorneys to protect the public in cases of car accident injuries.Elements of a Car Accident Claim: “Do I Have a Case?”
The most common question to our Knoxville car accident lawyers is, “Do I have a case?” or “Do I have a good case?” The answer first depends on proving the fault of another. Under Tennessee law, you must prove that the other driver or drivers were more than 50% at fault for the accident.
You might ask, “can I use the accident report to prove that the other driver was at fault?” Technically the accident report is not admissible in court. However, we consider it a good sign for your case if the accident report confirms you were not at fault. It is even better if there are witnesses in the accident report. The best car wreck attorneys know to contact witnesses in the report early. This is why our Knoxville car wreck attorneys take witness statements at the beginning of your claim.
A car accident claim usually involves injuries and not just property damage. The most common injuries we see are injuries that are typical from rear-end car collisions such as injuries to the neck and shoulders (whiplash, cervicalgia, sprains and strains). Concussions are also common after car wrecks. Our Knoxville car accident attorneys also handle wrongful death claims and permanent disabling injuries.Damages: “What is My Case Worth?”
People also want to know what kinds of damages they can recover for their personal injury. The recovery can include the reasonable costs of necessary medical care, loss of earnings, physical and mental pain and suffering, physical disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and compensation for permanent injuries or disabilities. The value of a case depends on the wide range of possible injuries and other damages. Ultimately the value of a case is in the hands of a jury. Estimating the value of the case requires knowing the people of the area. We have been practicing as Knoxville car wreck lawyers for decades.“I Got in a Car Accident, What Should I Do?”
We are frequently asked, “I got in a car accident, what should I do?” Make sure that the police take down information for a report. Don’t let any witnesses leave until you have their contact information or the police have talked to them. See a doctor soon after your accident. You should then call an experienced Knoxville car wreck lawyer as soon as possible.“What if I Was Hit by a Driver With No Auto Insurance?”
People also want to know, “I was hit by someone with no car insurance, what happens next?” In that case we will review your insurance policy to see if you are covered for uninsured motorists. We also look for other responsible parties that may be covered by the insurance. We look for what in the law can be called “vicarious liability” or the “family purpose doctrine” cases. For example, if the car was borrowed by a family member, it may be covered under another policy. Our Knoxville car wreck attorneys will take that extra step to look for additional insurance coverage.How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
It is important to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. The Statute of Limitations in Tennessee is one year from the date of the accident. If your case is not settled or a lawsuit filed before the one-year anniversary of your car accident, you will not be able to recover for your injuries under Tennessee law.How Much Will a Lawyer Cost?
Fees for Car Accident cases are contingency based. This means you do not need any money up front for The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto to start working for you. It also means that we don’t get paid unless you do.Call Today for a Free Consultation
When you have suffered a serious personal injury or you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s distraction or negligence, put The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto to work for you. Our experienced staff will provide you and your family the answers you need.
Contact us today at (865) 691-2777 to set up an initial consultation. We will be happy to evaluate your claim, discuss your injuries and advise you on how to proceed. We are Knoxville car accident lawyers conveniently located in West Knoxville with plenty of free parking.