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Murfreesboro is the fastest-growing city in Tennessee. In 2021, the population reached 157,519, quickly becoming one of the state’s most popular places to live. With this growth, the odds of being involved in a car accident and suffering a personal injury are much more likely. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Rutherford County ranks fourth in the state for overall car crashes involving injuries.

After a car wreck in Murfreesboro, there are some important steps accident victims need to know and consider.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Murfreesboro, call Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers now for a free consultation. When you call, we’ll talk through your options for recovering damages from the negligent party and how our team can help.

There’s never a fee with H&C until we recover money for you.

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How a personal injury attorney can help after a car accident

Most people don’t get into car accidents every day. Most people don’t deal with insurance companies every day. Which is why most people are unaware of the Tennessee laws that may impact them following a car wreck.

This is where personal injury attorneys become valuable.

 

A personal injury firm, like Hughes & Coleman, works with auto accident victims every single day and deals with insurance companies every day. A local Murfreesboro firm like ours knows the law and how to help in ways that only an experienced attorney can. Knowing Tennessee car accident law is not your job (and the insurance companies know this), so it’s important that you hire a firm with experience who can deal with the insurance companies so that you can receive every dollar you deserve.

How your relationship with your insurance company changes after a crash

Accidents can often leave victims with a lot of confusion about their relationship with their insurance company. Many people trust that their insurance company is there to help them. However, it’s important to understand that when you’ve been injured in a wreck, your interests become at odds with the interests of your insurance company. They’re no longer your friend, and it’s important to have an experienced Murfreesboro car accident lawyer to help you navigate the legal process when working through your claim.

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Insurance companies will aim to pay you as little as possible.

An insurance company’s goal is the same as any other company’s – to make a profit. They don’t make profits by paying out what injured victims deserve. Instead, an insurance company will use many tactics to get you to accept a settlement offer that is often much less than you would receive with a lawyer. A recent study by the Insurance Research Council found that people who were represented by a personal injury lawyer received nearly three and a half times more money, even after attorney fees were paid.

Most people believe that insurance companies will cover all their medical bills or property damage if the collision wasn’t their fault, but this is not always the case, especially when injuries require long-term care and support. Unfortunately, many victims settle for far too little, leaving themselves with financial expenses down the road that an experienced car accident lawyer could have ensured they received in a settlement offer.

 

Before talking to the insurance company, call Hughes & Coleman, and let us ensure you’re not taken advantage of.

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You don't pay us anything until we recover money for you.

One reason injury victims do not call a lawyer right away is because they are worried about what it would cost. They think attorneys are prohibitively expensive and worry about how they will afford the fees. At Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, you don’t have to worry about that because we get paid on a contingency basis. This means we do not receive a single dollar until we recover money for you, and the initial case evaluation is completely free. There is no risk for you to receive a full and fair assessment of your case and attorney representation. We make it as easy as possible for you to recover all the compensation you deserve.

What to do after a car accident in Murfreesboro, TN

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Murfreesboro, there are some important things to do that will put you and your injury claim in the best position possible.

Seek medical attention and ensure your injuries are documented

Your number one priority after a car wreck should be your health and safety. If emergency services do not take you directly to the hospital, you should visit the emergency room, your primary care doctor, or a clinic to have a physician evaluate your injuries and provide you with what you need to begin your recovery. This step ensures that you are cared for and sets the foundation for your car accident injury claim. Everything will be documented and will serve as evidence during negotiations with the insurance company.

Gather your evidence of the accident scene

If you can, gather photos of the scene. These can help you and your car accident lawyers prove fault for your personal injury. Take photos of:

  • Both vehicles from multiple angles, including the damaged and undamaged areas of the cars
  • Traffic signals or lights
  • Any markings on the road, such as skids
  • All injuries you or the other party sustained

 

Additionally, if there are witnesses, do what you can to gather their contact information. Your lawyer will ensure that their statements are on the record.

Obtain a police report

Online traffic crash and collision reports from the Murfreesboro Tennessee Police Department and law enforcement agencies across the state for involved parties are now available through the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Typically, they are available 7-10 days following the accident.

Inform your insurance company, but be careful about what you say

Most Tennessee insurance companies require you to report an accident within a reasonable time after the crash. During this call, understand that you are being recorded and that what you say can be used against you in a settlement negotiation or trial. Never admit fault or give them any information that can jeopardize your claim.

Call an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible

Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers can ensure your case is handled as quickly as possible and that you are taken care of.

All of the items above equate to evidence in your case, but some evidence is more time-sensitive than others. Witness statements, for example, should be gathered as quickly as possible since memories can often fade and become less reliable. Also, you will have medical bills that need to be taken care of and ongoing treatment that may be required.

Our team can assist and support you through the entire process.

Contact us today at 800-800-4600

How a Murfreesboro car accident lawyer from Hughes & Coleman can help you

It is normal to feel overwhelmed after a car accident. You might even feel bitter or resentful as your bills pile up because you know that someone else’s irresponsible actions put you in your current state. At Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, we attempt to make your life a little easier by handling every aspect of the claims process so you can focus on recovering. When you work with an attorney from Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, there are some important tasks we can do on your behalf:

Obtain Police Reports

The police report is one of the most important pieces of evidence about your accident. It contains the responding officer’s official write-up of how they believe the accident happened, what the damage looked like at the scene, if there were injuries involved, and whom the officer believes is at fault.

The contents of the police report — in particular, the officer’s interpretation of fault — inform us about the course we need to take in collecting additional evidence and building your case.

Interview Witnesses

Witness statements also offer powerful pieces of evidence in your case. Our team tracks down witnesses from the scene and collects statements from them about what they saw.

Evaluate Your Medical Records

In addition to showing you suffered injuries, we must establish a link between the accident and your injuries. To do so, we will evaluate your medical records and, if necessary, discuss your case with a medical expert to establish exactly how the accident could have caused your injuries.

Acquire Expert Witnesses

The opinion of an expert witness carries significant weight both in negotiations with the insurance company and at trial. These expert witnesses might include accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, vocational experts, and more.

Negotiate with Insurers

Recovering compensation from a car accident usually requires negotiating with a representative from an insurance company, and they can be tough negotiators. Insurers have a strong financial incentive to reduce or deny your claim when possible. Our attorneys know how to keep the upper hand during negotiations, helping you collect the total and fair compensation you deserve.

If Necessary, Go to Trial

We try to negotiate a fair out-of-court settlement when we can. That way, you receive the money you need much more quickly, and we avoid a lengthy, protracted legal process. However, if the negligent driver’s insurance company will not agree to compensate you fairly, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and take your case to a jury trial.

Lawyers for car accidents help you recover fair compensation beyond medical bills.

As a car accident victim, you have no doubt incurred a long list of financial expenses from the crash. You are likely feeling a great deal of financial stress from medical bills and lost income. Our most important job as your Murfreesboro car accident lawyers is to make sure you recoup these losses in the form of a settlement or court-ordered payment.

The Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers team will fight to help you recover compensation for expenses and losses such as:

  • Current and anticipated future medical bills
  • Lost income from work
  • Reduced earning capacity and lost wages
  • Property damage (your vehicle and other valuables inside it)

You might also be able to recover compensation for losses that are not financial in nature. These non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

 

Lastly, suppose we uncover evidence that the other driver in the accident was not merely negligent but was behaving grossly, recklessly, or maliciously. In that case, we can push for punitive damages, which is a special form of compensation the jury awards to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from similar behavior.

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We can help even if the accident was partially your fault.

As a modified comparative negligence state, Tennessee does not automatically bar you from going after the other driver for damages just because you may have contributed to the crash. The Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers team will evaluate your accident and determine if you are eligible for compensation despite any role your actions might have played in causing the wreck.

Many of our car accident clients have been able to collect compensation from the other driver’s insurance company despite being 10, 20, and even 45 percent at fault for the crash.

Call us today at 800-800-4600 for a free case evaluation

Our mission is to help injured people and their families

We’ve been helping injured people in Tennessee for over 35 years, and we’re proud to be part of the Murfreesboro community. Our team of car accident lawyers is local and has the resources to help you

Read some of our client reviews

Mai Wells

“In any situation where you have to seek out injury lawyers, it is normal to feel uncomfortable and nervous about everything. Hughes and Coleman created a safe, caring environment. No one wants to feel like they are bothersome or being judged, and we are so thankful that we chose Hughes and Coleman. They are professional yet caring. They never made us feel anything but welcomed and cared for.”

Andy Jain

“We have seen many cases with the Hughes and Coleman Law Firm. Their staff is very easy to get a hold of, and they promptly return clients’ calls. They are willing to learn from healthcare providers to provide the best-case argument for their clients. They treat clients and medical providers fairly. We are happy to work with this firm and appreciate what they do for our patients.”

Katie Tate

“Hughes and Coleman are an absolute pleasure to do business with. If I had any questions, they were prompt in getting back to me. I’ve never been in a major wreck before and didn’t know what to expect, but they made everything easy and went above and beyond their jobs to get things done. Thank you, Hughes and Coleman, for turning a stressful situation into an easy one.”

See our verdicts and settlements

We’ve recovered over 1 billion dollars for our clients in Tennessee and Kentucky.

  • $12,000,000 car accident verdict

  • $1,000,000 car accident settlement

  • $900,000 car accident settlement

Read more about our victories and what we’ve been able to do for our clients.

THE OFFICIAL INJURY LAWYERS OF THE TENNESSEE TITANS

Hughes & Coleman is the official injury lawyers of the Tennessee Titans.

We’re proud to be named the official injury lawyers of the Tennessee Titans. We live up to this title every day by fighting for our clients in Murfreesboro and across Tennessee.

For more information about our partnership with the Titans, visit Titans.HughesandColeman.com.

Our Murfreesboro, TN office is conveniently located near you

Choose a local personal injury firm that knows the city and surrounding areas. We serve Murfreesboro, Christiana, Smyrna, and more.

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Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers

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800-800-4600

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