Auto accidents unfortunately happen. A car veers into your lane on I-75. A distracted driver runs a stoplight. In a moment, your life is turned upside down. A pleasant drive to the Nature Center suddenly turns into a life-changing event.
In the past 10 years, Knox county alone has seen over 37,000 injuries from automobile accidents. Expand the radius to the surrounding counties of Eastern and Northern Tennessee and the numbers skyrocket. In a truly trying time, a good lawyer such as the attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC can be an invaluable ally. If you or a loved one has suffered in an auto accident, please call us at 869-375-4729 to see if we can help.
It isn’t only the injured that suffer as a result of auto accidents. Spouses, families and loved ones have their lives similarly upended. In a moment, a husband or wife is suddenly in need of care. Broken bones, brain injury, or worse, can turn a spouse into a caretaker.
Eastern Tennessee Auto Accident Damages
Auto injuries often bring a loss of income. Recuperating from broken bones can mean months without work. There are medical bills to pay. The services of the dependable, professional lawyers at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC can help mitigate financial suffering. If the accident was caused by another driver, we will help you file prompt claims. The statute of limitations for filing a Tennessee accident lawsuit involving personal injury stands at one year. When all you’re doing is caring for an injured loved one, filing deadlines shouldn’t be a priority. Let it be the priority of the lawyers at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC.
An experienced lawyer can help upturn each and every stone to find the money your injured loved one is owed. Car repairs, medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and a host of other costs may be due to you and your loved one. Our careful analysis of the accident itself and the costs around it will help to ensure any health problems caused by an accident don’t turn into financial problems as well. It’s our job at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC to treat your family with the care and attention they deserve.
Even in accidents where your loved one may be partially at fault, Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC has experience recouping financial losses. Each insurance company is different in the way they handle accidents and claims.. Small print buried in an insurance policy can have an effect on your case.. Our lawyers are diligent in combing through every last detail of your insurance policy. Our experience dealing with Tennessee insurance companies and auto accident litigation will help guide your family to firm footing.
It’s also important to know that Tennessee uses a modified comparative fault system in awarding damages in auto accident suits. Comparative fault allows for both parties to be found at fault for any given accident. If your loved one was driving over the speed limit, for example, when another driver ran a stop sign, the jury could determine your spouse was 20% responsible for the resulting accident. This shared fault then translates to the total amount of damages to award.
If the other driver in an injury accident holds 70% of the responsibility, they only have to pay 70% of the total damages. For a case where a judgment or jury awards $15,000 of damages, if your loved one is 30% at fault, they can only collect on 10,500 (30% less than the full $15,000 amount) in damages. Having a thorough, seasoned lawyer such as our team at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC, in your corner can guide you through Tennessee modified comparative fault proceedings.
Tennessee Fatality Accident Lawyers
Should the worst happen, and your loved one is killed in an automotive accident, legal issues are the last thing on your mind. The experience at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC, can ensure what started as a tragedy doesn’t become something much, much worse. Our staff is skilled in investigating fatal accidents. Should another be at fault, we can guide loved ones through the process, be it criminal charges or civil litigation issues.
An auto accident doesn’t just happen to the victim. It happens to the victim’s family and loved ones just the same. Call or e-mail Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC to help steer you and yours to safer roads.