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Auto accidents can be extremely frightening and confusing. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured, getting the medical help you need is the first priority. Serious injuries can have long-term consequences that you may not realize at the time of the accident, or even in the days or weeks following the auto accident. In fact, you may not realize the long-term effects of your injuries until years down the road.

Nashville is a growing, thriving metropolis, attracting new residents each year. Cranes dot the city’s skyline, residential and commercial development is happening at a breakneck pace, and real estate prices are soaring. Unfortunately, the city’s infrastructure has not kept up with the growth, and countless crashes occur daily. In fact, Davidson County has Tennessee’s highest crash rate, as well as the highest rates of injury accidents, reports the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

If you or a loved one suffered injury in a Nashville car accident, you could be eligible for substantial compensation for your injuries. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers can help. We offer a free consultation and work on a contingency basis, meaning we get paid only when you do. To schedule an appointment to sit down with us, call our office today at 800-800-4600.

Tennessee Car Accident Laws That Might Affect Your Injury Claim

Tennessee has several accident laws that can affect the compensation you may be eligible to recover.

Arguably the most important is Tennessee’s modified comparative negligence rule. After an accident, an investigation assigns each driver a share of the fault. An injured driver is then able to pursue the other driver for damages corresponding to his percentage of fault. However, this law has two critical caveats of which you should be aware:

  • Tennessee follows the “50 percent bar rule.” This means that if a driver is 50 percent or more at-fault, they will be unable to recover any compensation for their damages.
  • Your percentage of fault decreases the damages to which you are entitled.

Example of How Tennessee’s Modified Comparative Negligence Rule Can Affect Recovery

Suppose you are driving on I-24 between Murfreesboro and Nashville at night, traveling at the speed limit, when you notice an object in the middle of your lane. Heavy traffic prevents you from making a quick lane change, so you brake hard to keep from running over the object. The driver behind you fails to stop in time and rear-ends your vehicle. You suffer whiplash and other injuries; your damages total $25,000.

After an investigation, the police determine the other driver was primarily at fault due to following too closely. However, noting that your brake lights were not functioning properly, making it more difficult to discern that you were slowing down, the investigation assigns 10 percent of the fault to you.

In this scenario, you would be eligible to pursue the other driver for $22,500, or 90 percent of your damages.

Before You Deal With the Insurance Company, Talk to Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers

To receive compensation for your car accident injuries, you will likely need to go through at least one insurance company.

Though insurers serve an essential purpose and many of them are reliable, ethical companies, they are not always easy to negotiate with after a crash. In fact, if you say too much to an insurance adjuster before talking to a lawyer or accept their first settlement offer, you might undermine your claim and leave a lot of money on the table.

At Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, we know how to handle insurance company negotiations, and we fight to ensure you never settle for less than you deserve. If an adjuster calls you and wants to talk, tell them you will have your attorney get back to them, then call us to schedule your free consultation. We can start working for you right away.

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Count on Our Compassionate Legal Support Staff to Help You Get Your Life Back on Track

Our attorneys understand how quickly a crash can change a person’s life. An accident can leave you with high medical bills, thousands of dollars in lost wages, and, in some cases, permanent injuries and constant pain and suffering.

For this reason, Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers has a dedicated and committed legal support staff whose function is to take as much stress as possible of your shoulders so that you can focus on your recovery. Our staff members are here for you if you have questions about paperwork, concerns about your claim, or simply want an update about what is going on. Our team is never more than a call, text, or email away.

At Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, Our Dedicated Team Helps You Win the Fair Compensation You Deserve

As soon as we take your case, we begin calculating your damages and determining what they are worth. Our number one objective is to get you every dollar you deserve. Though every car accident claim is different, most feature at least one or more of the following damages:

Medical Expenses

Your medical expenses include your current and anticipated future costs of hospital visits, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, medical devices, prescription drugs, and more.

Lost Income

This includes all the money you have not been able to earn from work while recovering from your injuries or attending medical appointments.

Reduced Earning Capacity

This refers to your loss of income due to an inability to work the same job or the same hours as before. You are entitled to the difference between what you are currently earning and what you would be earning had your injury not occurred. You can also recover reduced earning capacity if your injuries require you to retire from the workforce.

Pain and Suffering

You can also receive compensation for your physical and emotional pain. These damages are subjective, but you deserve compensation for them. Our attorneys are often able to win pain and suffering compensation that is much higher than the compensation available for your economic damages.

Call 800-800-4600 Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Nashville Car Accident Lawyer from Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers

The Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers team is ready to start fighting for you today. Schedule a free consultation in our Nashville office by calling 800-800-4600.

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