CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
PROUDLY REPRESENTING TENNESSEE AUTO INJURY VICTIMS
Every year, car crashes claim the lives of hundreds of Tennesseans. In 2015, there were more than 12,000 car accidents in Chattanooga and throughout Hamilton County, 35 of them involving fatalities. Less than 25 percent of fatal car crashes in Tennessee involved vehicles traveling well above the posted speed limit, meaning that other factors – like the actions of other drivers – likely caused those wrecks and injuries.
When car accidents result in injury or death, civil lawsuits can be filed against those responsible. If you have been involved in an auto wreck or have lost a loved one because of another driver’s negligence, contact Ramer & Hedrick, P.C. immediately. Our Chattanooga car accident lawyers specialize in representing injured drivers, and we’ll work to help you recover monetary compensation.
CIRCUMSTANCES VARY CASE TO CASE
There are many types of car accidents, all of which could cause serious injury or death. They involve:
- drunk drivers
- crashes involving semi trucks
- defective automobile design
- distracted driving (including texting, phone usage, etc.)
WHY FILE A CIVIL LAWSUIT?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the car wreck, victims or their families could recover compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In addition to these compensatory damages, accident victims could be rewarded punitive damages. Though less common, these awards are typically intended to punish reckless or extremely negligent drivers or automobile manufacturers who disregard dangerous design flaws. The specific circumstances of the crash will determine which types of damages are available to victims and their families via lawsuit or possible settlement. Regardless, it’s important to consult with a Chattanooga car accident lawyer immediately after a crash to understand all of your options.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
According to Tennessee’s statues of limitations for auto accidents, you only have one year to file a personal injury lawsuit. Creating a timeline of the accident by gathering all of the relevant documents, photos and medical bills will help your car crash attorney make this deadline. Examples of these critical documents include:
- police reports
- letters from insurance companies
- names and phone numbers of witnesses
- medical records documenting injuries and treatments
- documentation showing lost wages or missed work due to injuries
INITIAL MEETING: WHAT TO EXPECT
Your first meeting with a Chattanooga car wreck lawyer may take place over the phone, at our law firm or even in the hospital. At the initial meeting, you will be asked for information about the wreck, your injuries and what communications you have had with insurance companies and others involved in the crash. After this initial consultation, the attorney will let you know whether or not he believes you have a case.
Depending on how much information you are able to provide, and whether or not additional research is needed, your car injury lawyer might offer some initial advice about how to proceed. Accident attorneys typically take cases on contingency, meaning that the law firm will only receive payment if the victim receives an award.
If you wish to pursue the case, you might be asked to sign a retainer agreement and various consent forms authorizing the law firm to collect certain documents on your behalf.
RAMER & HEDRICK, P.C. STANDS READY TO HELP
If you have been injured in a car accident in Chattanooga, Tennessee, call Ramer & Hedrick, P.C. Our experienced auto wreck attorneys work closely with local medical personnel to determine the extent of your injuries as well as the cost of treatment and rehabilitation. Obtaining fair compensation in an auto injury claim requires a certain process of evidence collection, evaluation and litigation. In many cases, we are able to negotiate favorable settlements out of court.