Nashville Car Accident Lawyers
The Music City is a popular tourist destination with attractions like Music Row and the reproduction of the Parthenon. Unfortunately, Nashville and the surrounding areas are also car crash hot spots.
In 2021, drivers in Nashville experienced 21,146 crashes, 513 of which resulted in serious injury or death, while 100 fatal and serious injuries involved pedestrians. Distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and speeding drivers were often to blame.
If you’ve suffered serious injuries in a car accident, you’ll need the services of experienced attorneys like the lawyers at NST Law.
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Dangerous roads and intersections in Nashville
Accident avoidance is not always possible, even for the most careful driver. The following roads in Nashville demonstrate the highest risk for accidents. Whether you’re a pedestrian or driver, use extra care when traveling in these areas, especially at the intersections:
- Murfreesboro Pike
- Gallatin Pike
- West Trinity Lane
- Nolensville Pike
- Lafayette Street
Steps to take after a Nashville car accident
The steps you take in the immediate aftermath of a car accident could be the most important factors in your recovery.
- Call 911. Many injuries are not immediately apparent. You’ll need to be evaluated by medical professionals.
- Move your vehicle from the roadway if the vehicle is creating a hazard. This important step is required by state law. If the vehicle is not creating a hazard, preserve the scene until police arrive.
- Photograph the scene. Take photos from every angle possible. This will assist your personal injury attorneys.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the opposing driver.
- If no one is injured, contact the Nashville Police Department at (615) 862-8600 to make a report.
- Contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible so they can immediately start protecting your interests and building your case.
How much is my Nashville car accident case worth?
Every car accident is unique, and there are many variables that influence compensation.
The most important factor is the severity of your injuries. If your injuries are serious, you may be eligible to receive economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
Economic damages are monetary losses that can be objectively verified, including lost wages, property damage, and medical expenses. If your injuries result in permanent disability, damages could include loss of future income and the cost of ongoing care, which could be significant.
Non-economic damages are compensation for the subjective, unverifiable damages your injuries have caused. This includes such losses as physical and emotional pain, disfigurement, mental anguish, emotional stress, humiliation, and loss of enjoyment of normal activities, benefits, and pleasures of life.
The maximum compensation you can receive for noneconomic damages is $750,000 per occurrence in most cases, unless your injuries are catastrophic, in which case you could receive as much as $1,000,000. Examples of catastrophic injuries include quadriplegia, paraplegia, and the wrongful death of a parent.
These limits do not apply in certain cases where the opposing driver’s conduct was egregious. These exceptions include the following:
- The injury was intentional.
- The driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The driver attempts to fraudulently conceal culpability.
- The injuries occurred during the commission of a felony.
Punitive damages are awarded as a means to punish the at-fault driver. They’re awarded when the injury was intentionally, maliciously, or recklessly inflicted. This standard could apply when the driver is under the influence of intoxicating substances or excessively speeding. Tennessee law limits punitive damages to $500,000 or twice the compensatory damages awarded, whichever is greater.
Can I still receive compensation if I’m partially to blame for the accident?
Tennessee law allows you to receive compensation as long as your share of the fault is lower than 50%. If you do share fault, your compensation will be reduced proportionately to your degree of responsibility. For example, if your damages total $1,000,000 and you’re 30% at fault, you’ll receive $700,000, or $1,000,000 less 30%.
Your award could also be reduced due to contributory negligence in the event you weren’t wearing a seat belt. This applies if the defendant can prove your injuries would not have occurred or would have been less severe had you worn a seat belt. If the defendant prevails, you could receive a reduced award.
The above highlights the importance of contacting a car accident attorney as early as possible. The lawyers at NST Law will work to prevent fault being falsely ascribed to you.
What if my family member died in a Nashville car accident?
Unfortunately, wrongful deaths are too common on Nashville roadways. Davidson County experienced 131 traffic-related fatalities in 2021, and 1,322 across the state. These preventable deaths are often unbearable for families, especially considering the burden of the financial losses and expenses brought on by their untimely loss.
Tennessee wrongful death statutes allow families to recover two classes of damages: damages that could have been recovered by the deceased had they survived and damages to the surviving family members for their losses.
Recoverable damages suffered by the decedent could include lost wages, mental and physical suffering, medical expenses, and funeral expenses.
Damages recoverable by survivors for their own losses are determined by the pecuniary value of the deceased’s life. Determination of pecuniary value requires consideration of the decedent’s earning capacity, life expectancy, overall health, and multiple factors.
Tennessee Code Annotated §20-5-106 authorizes the spouse, children, personal representative, and most relatives to file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim must be filed within one year of the accident causing the wrongful death.
The complexity of the Tennessee wrongful death statutes combined with the short statute of limitations underscore the importance of retaining a competent attorney as soon as possible.
Statute of limitations to file a car accident lawsuit in Nashville
You have one year from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Tennessee. While this may seem like sufficient time, it’s important to contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible. At NST Law, we investigate your accident thoroughly. We work hard to analyze police reports, depose witnesses, and retain experts so that we can establish a strong case based on the facts and evidence.
Why should I hire the Nashville personal injury attorneys at NST Law to handle my car accident case?
When you’re not at fault, you may believe your case will be an easy win. Tennessee laws are complex, and insurance companies go to great lengths to reduce payouts. You may not be able to anticipate your ongoing medical needs or quantify the totality of your losses.
An experienced Nashville personal injury attorney can effectively navigate the complicated legal system and prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of you. At NST Law, we are proud of the reputation we’ve built over the last 30 years through the $1.5 billion in verdicts, judgments, and settlements we have achieved on behalf of our clients. For example:
- $1.4 million for a couple involved in a head-on collision
- $1.5 million for an elderly couple in a catastrophic car wreck
- $1.3 million for an infant death resulting from a car wreck
We are passionate about our clients and the communities we serve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in Nashville, contact NST Law today for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Our most frequently asked questions are answered below. Please contact us if we can be of further assistance.
Tennessee laws are clear and specific:
- Always stop. Never leave the scene of an accident, no matter how minor. It’s a crime.
- Offer reasonable assistance to injured persons.
- Immediately report the accident to the police using the fastest contact method available.
- Provide a written accident report to the Tennessee Department of Public Safety within 20 days. Failure to do so could result in the suspension of your license or registration, even if you were not at fault.
Do not speak with the opposing driver’s insurance company. They may try to persuade you to make statements or sign paperwork that would harm your case or diminish your compensation.
Always direct the insurance company to your attorney. Do not engage in conversation with them or admit to any degree of fault in the accident. Never sign paperwork without your attorney present.
While not required by Tennessee law, uninsured motorist coverage is inexpensive and will cover you in the event you’re hit by an uninsured driver.
You can also recover damages directly from the liable parties if they have assets from which you can collect.
An uninsured Nashville driver who causes an accident resulting in bodily injury or death is guilty of a class A misdemeanor and subject to fines and towing of the vehicle.
There is no upfront cost to hire a lawyer at NST Law. Payment is only required after you win compensation using our lawyers
It can take several months, but this can vary based on the individual characteristics of your case. We require adequate time to complete our investigations before we can support your case with necessary evidence and begin negotiations. Cases that go to court could take longer, but most cases settle outside of court. At NST Law, we seek to be as efficient as possible while always doing what it takes to get the job done right and go the extra mile for our clients.
When officers from the Nashville Police Department or Tennessee Highway Patrol respond to an accident, citations are typically issued when assessing fault. Common citations that officers issue following auto accidents include:
- Following improperly
- Failure to yield right of way
- Improper lane changing
- Speed too fast for conditions
- Failure to keep in proper lane
- Failure to obey traffic controls
- Texting while driving
TYPES OF ACCIDENTS
Our client was walking in a Tennessee gas station parking lot when he was struck by a commercial concrete truck. He broke both of his legs and underwent extensive medical treatment.