Davidson County Car Accident
Car accidents are a common cause of injury, and they are often the result of negligence on the part of the other driver involved. The physical, financial, and emotional losses you experience can create a challenging barrier to your recovery, which makes bringing your strongest car accident claim critical. An experienced Davidson County car accident attorney is standing by to help.
The Other Driver
Driver negligence can take any number of forms, and while they’re all exceptionally dangerous, most fall into basic categories such as the following:
- Ignoring the rules of the road
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
The crux of your car accident claim will likely come down to proving the other motorist’s negligence in the matter and demonstrating the extent of the losses you experience as a result.
The Basic Elements of Your Claim
Every car accident claim is unique to the specifics involved, but they all hinge on the same basic legal elements, including:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care, and it’s established that every motorist has a considerable responsibility to the safety of others on the road.
- The at-fault party failed to uphold that responsibility, such as by engaging in one of the forms of driver negligence discussed.
- The at-fault party’s negligence was the direct cause of the accident that left you injured.
- You suffered covered losses as a result.
Your dedicated car accident attorney will help to ensure that each of these elements is clearly established and well-represented in your car accident claim.
Your Covered Losses
The legal damages – or losses – for which you can seek compensation via a car accident claim fall into the following basic categories, each of which should be carefully explored:
- Property damage to your vehicle and to any of its contents
- Medical costs, which may include future expenses
- Lost earnings, which may include losses related to a decrease in your ability to grow your career
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering, which can permeate other areas of loss
- Loss of Consortium. Your spouse is entitled to recover for the impact your claim has had on his or her life
Accurately assessing the damages you’ve suffered is an essential component of successful car accident claims that support claimants’ most complete recoveries.
Proving the Other Driver’s Negligence
In order to successfully settle your car accident claim and obtain fair compensation from the other driver’s insurance provider, you’ll need to prove their negligence in the matter. For this, you’ll look to your seasoned car accident attorney, who will ably take on all the following tasks:
- Gathering all the physical evidence at the scene of the car accident, which can include photos, videos, and dash cam footage
- Obtaining the police report and analyzing it in relation to your accident – a police report is not necessarily the final say on the matter
- Taking the testimony of eyewitnesses and your account of how the accident happened
- Hiring expert witnesses whose expertise supports the facts in your claim
- Having accident models – that visually depict how the accident in question happened – created
The stronger your evidence is, the better prepared you’ll be to move forward with a robust car accident claim.
Even if you are determined to be partially responsible for the accident that leaves you injured, it will not bar you from seeking the compensation to which you are entitled in the State of Tennessee – if the amount of fault assigned to you does not exceed 50 percent. Here’s an example of how it works:
- You were speeding at the time of the accident that caused you to be injured, and 10 percent of fault is assigned to you as a result.
- The other motorist was impaired when they T-boned you in an intersection, and 90 percent of the fault is assigned to them.
- Your damages amount to $50,000, and you seek compensation for the 90 percent that the other driver is responsible for, which is $45,000.
Protecting Your Claim
Your car accident claim and the injuries you sustain as a result will be unique to you, but there are several basic steps every accident victim should take to help protect their recovery and their car accident claim, including:
- Even if you don’t believe you were seriously injured, seek immediate medical attention. Too many serious injuries are asymptomatic early on, and early medical attention can make a significant difference in your ability to heal.
- Consult with a skilled car accident attorney as soon as you’re able to do so. Car accident claims are challenging, and having professional legal counsel on your side from the outset can mean the difference between a successful claim and one that fails to adequately compensate you.
- Take your doctor’s advice and instructions seriously. It’s not only the right move in terms of your physical recovery but also helps to show the involved insurance company that your injuries are as serious as you claim.
- Leave communicating with the insurance company to your attorney. The insurance rep is practiced at obtaining claimant statements that harm their own claims. You’re not required to make a statement and should refrain from doing so.
- The insurance company will also be interested in your activity on social media, which makes this a good time to take a break from posting. You can count on the insurance company to twist anything you do post into something that harms your claim.
While the car accident claim process is challenging, you can count on your knowledgeable car accident attorney to help you better understand the ins and outs of your unique claim and to make the right decisions for you along the way.
Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Davidson County Car Accident Attorney Today
Car accidents are all too common, and if you or someone you care about has been injured by another driver’s negligence, the formidable Davidson County car accident attorneys at Raybin & Weissman are well-prepared to unleash the full force of their experience and legal savvy in pursuit of your claim’s most favorable resolution. Your claim is important, so please don’t put off contacting or calling us at 615-256-6666 for more information today.