Getting help after a car accident is important. If you do not have experience handling car accident claims, you might not know all of the evidence you need, all of the damages you are entitled to, and the process for getting full compensation.
Our attorneys can stand by your side and handle the case for you while you focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back to normal. Especially if you faced serious, life-altering injuries, it is important to have a legal professional handle your case to avoid getting underpaid by insurance companies.
For a free review of your case, call our car accident attorneys at Howe Law by dialing (844) 876-4357.
How Much is My Car Accident Case Worth in La Vergne, TN?
Determining the value of your car accident case is a very case-by-case procedure. Our car accident lawyers can analyze the specific facts of your case, including how the crash happened and what results you faced, to determine what your case should be worth.
Most cases involve payments for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. These are the core areas of damages you can claim, but each one has its own unique challenges and questions. For example, medical bills can involve mental health therapy bills along with other expenses, like the cost of a wheelchair. Lost wages can be difficult to calculate for ongoing lost wages if you have a long-term injury or disability, and they can be harder to calculate if you have irregular, seasonal, or self-employment income. The cost of pain and suffering is always a difficult calculation, as there are no receipts or statements that prove these damages.
Ultimately, insurance companies might not pay the full value of what your case is worth. Often, settlements save you time and expenses, and those might be factored into the settlement offer. Whenever you receive a settlement offer, you should have our attorneys review it to see if it is adequate to cover your damages and reasonable, given what stage of your claim you are in. Often, early-stage settlements are too low, but settlements as the case progresses and negotiations take place end up being more reasonable.
If the settlement offers come out unreasonable, we can always reject the offer, try to negotiate a better settlement, and even take your claim to court if necessary to get you the damages you truly deserve.
Common Types of Car Accidents in La Vergne, TN
Car accidents can happen in all sorts of ways, but many of them fall into the following categories. When you are involved in one of these crashes, our lawyers can better understand what happened and help identify the at-fault parties as well as what evidence will be helpful.
When two cars crash head-on, it is usually because someone was in the wrong lane or because someone turned into oncoming traffic. If you were in your lane doing what you were supposed to be doing, then we can more easily prove that it was the other driver who caused the crash by going the wrong way down the road or failing to yield and wait for you to pass before turning across your lane.
When one driver rear-ends another, it usually only happens because they were following too closely. Tailgating is illegal, so if the other driver hit you because they were tailgating, the accident is their fault.
Rear-end crashes can also happen when one driver stops short, such as in “brake-check” accidents. These accidents are often intentional, and the front driver could be at fault if they stopped short without a good reason to draw the other driver into hitting them.
Lastly, some rear-end crashes are caused when a driver is backing up. If they failed to look where they were going and crashed into your car, that accident is almost certainly their fault.
When one driver crashes into the side of another in a T shape, it is usually because someone entered the intersection illegally. If you had a green light or already stopped at the stop sign then entered the intersection legally, the crash is likely the other driver’s fault. Even if they entered the intersection before you and you did not have time to react or swerve to avoid the crash, the accident will still be their fault because they broke the law.
Drunk Driving Accidents
No matter how the crash happens, the accident is usually the drunk driver’s fault. Drunk driving is incredibly dangerous and often puts a driver at fault for the crash and injuries they cause. In these crashes, injuries are often severe because the driver will not get a chance to try to brake or slow down, causing a high-speed collision.
When one driver is speeding, they are usually liable for any crashes that happen. If the other driver was also speeding, then courts will need to determine the relative fault of each driver. Weighing comparative fault is often a part of car accident cases where neither driver was wholly innocent.
Distracted Driving Accidents
If one driver did not have their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, they might be liable for the crash. Crashes caused by visual, mental, and manual distractions are often quite dangerous because the driver does not have a chance to slow down, potentially causing the crash at higher speeds.
Accidents involving more than two cars make it harder to determine fault. Nonetheless, our attorneys can look at the totality of the circumstances and determine which drivers are likely at fault. We can also sue multiple parties, potentially getting you partial compensation from each one.
Call Our Car Accident Lawyers Today
For a free case evaluation, call (844) 876-4357 to speak with Howe Law’s car accident attorneys.