Helping Auto Accident & Car Wreck Victims
Auto accidents can lead to very serious, life-altering injuries and even fatalities. It is important that you have a reliable auto accident lawyer in Knoxville represent you during the claims process.
For one thing, insurance companies may attempt to pressure you to accept a less than fair settlement. We know what it takes to navigate unfair insurance claims and build a strong injury claim. Let our attorney help you move forward after an accident.
At the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed, we are ready to help you recover full and fair damages for the cost of your medical bills and expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and even your pain and suffering. Our Knoxville car accident lawyer investigates and prepares each case with the greatest attention to detail.
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Personalized Advocacy for a Wide Range of Auto Accidents Claims
Car accidents can lead to a wide variety of personal injuries. We are here to help you get through the complicated and often time-consuming process of filing a personal injury claim. Our lead attorney, Mr. Reed, personally oversees and handles every case because he wants to ensure a favorable outcome for each client.
Our team is equipped to handle a wide variety of auto collisions, including:
After a Car Accident, Seek Medical Care Immediately: It is imperative that you visit a doctor and receive medical attention after an accident even if you are not in pain, as some injuries do not present themselves right away. Whether you are suffering from broken bones, back injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, or other catastrophic injuries, we can analyze your case and help you seek damages for your losses.
The Leading Causes of Auto Accidents
Car accidents are one of the leading sources of personal injury claims. Thousands of people are killed in car crashes and millions more are seriously injured every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a majority of car accidents are caused by human error. Failure to yield the right of way, failure to stay within the proper lanes, speeding, reckless driving, and improper turns are cited as the major causes of car accidents in the country. Drivers today are also more distracted than ever, frequently texting while driving or multitasking while behind the wheel, despite state bans on such behavior.
While we all do our best to be on the lookout for unsafe drivers, the reality is that not all accidents can be prevented. However, knowing these risks can help to mitigate some of the anticipated dangers of driving. We can all do our part to avoid traffic collisions by being safe and focused drivers. But if you find yourself in a car accident that was not your fault, we encourage you to contact an auto accident lawyer for help.
How To File a Car Insurance Claim in Tennessee
When you've been injured in an accident, you have several options for recovering compensation. Since Tennessee is a fault state, you will generally file an auto insurance claim with the insurance company of the driver who caused your accident. Sometimes you may need to file a claim with your own insurer, who may then turn around and attempt to recover funds from the at-fault driver's insurance company.
If the other driver is uninsured or if you were injured in a hit and run accident, you will have to file a claim with your own insurance company. In this case, having uninsured coverage will be helpful.
Once you file a claim, the insurance company will investigate your claim and offer you a settlement. If you believe the settlement is unfair, you and your attorney can continue to negotiate a higher sum or decide to take the claim to court.
Start Your Injury Claim Before Time Runs Out
There are time limits to file a personal injury claim, which means that once this time window passes, you lose your right to recover compensation. In Tennessee, claimants have one year from the time of the accident for personal injuries, and three years from the time of the accident for cases vehicle/property damage to file a claim in civil court. For injuries caused by government employees or on government property, different time limits apply.
It is always a good idea to get started on your claim immediately. As time passes, physical evidence can disappear and witness memories can fade and become unreliable. Without solid evidence, it may be harder to obtain the full amount of compensation you need for your losses.
We recommend that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to get started on your case. Once we accept your case, our team can get started on investigating the scene, preserving physical evidence, and helping you build a strong claim.
Feel free to contact our firm for a FREE case consultation!