Many victims who are injured in Tennessee vehicle accidents suffer injuries. Depending on the circumstances of the crash and how badly the victim was injured, they often face physical, emotional, and financial losses from their injuries. While many victims suffer temporary losses, there are also many who suffer permanent losses.
These losses can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. If the crash was caused by the negligent actions of another party, then that party can be held legally responsible for the victim’s losses. A Johnson City car accident lawyer for crashes from the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt can explain what your legal options may be.
In many crashes, it is another driver who is liable for the victim’s losses. However, there are also many cases where a third party may also be liable for the victim’s losses because they own the vehicle the at-fault driver was operating or have some other type of legal responsibility for the driver’s actions.
At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, each Johnson City car accident lawyer for crashes has successfully represented clients in many third-party liability claims and lawsuits and understand the complexities that can be involved in these cases, as well as the solid evidence needed to prove the case.
Some of the more common possibilities of third parties that can be held responsible in these types of cases include:
Trucking Companies: Although commercial truck drivers are required to obtain their commercial driver’s license (CDL) and adhere to stringent rules and regulations set forth by federal and state governments, it is ultimately a trucking company’s responsibility to ensure that the truck drivers they employ are qualified, trained, and have clean driving records. If a company hires an unsafe driver who causes a crash, Tennessee law holds that company responsible for losses victims of these accidents suffer.
Employers: It is not just trucking companies who are responsible for the actions of their employees when that employee is engaged in work activities. Some examples of these types of third-party cases include delivery drivers, utility workers, movers, personal assistants, bus drivers, and more.
Vehicle Owners: The legal doctrine of negligent entrustment can leave a vehicle owner liable for the losses of a victim if they owned the vehicle that the at-fault driver was operating. If a Johnson City car accident lawyer for crashes can show that the vehicle owner knew that the driver was reckless, inexperienced, under the influence, or other situation then the owner can be held liable for the victim’s damages.
Parents: Once a teenager has their license, it is not uncommon for parents to let the teen use their vehicles or even purchase the teen driver their own car. It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure their teen is supervised and to ensure they are safe drivers. Failure to do so could leave the parents liable should the teen cause a car accident that results in victim injuries.
Each year, countless people die in car and vehicle crashes in Tennessee, and thousands more are injured. Medical costs are in the tens of millions of dollars, which does not include pain and suffering, permanent injuries, and (tragically) the loss of our loved ones.
Johnson City is no stranger to car accidents and crashes, as well other vehicle accidents. As personal injury attorneys serving Johnson City and the surrounding communities, we are available to represent those injured, and their families, in seeking to recover full and fair compensation for accidents and crashes.
If you have been injured in a car crash caused by someone else, or if a loved one has been killed, we would invite you to call our firm for a free consultation to learn how we can help.
We offer –
- A free, no obligation consultation for your car crash case. Once we learn about your injuries and damages, we can explain the types of damages and compensation to which you may be entitled, and how we will work on your behalf.
- Tenacious representation. We’re not about seeking quick settlements for pennies on the dollar. Instead we’re prepared to fight for full compensation for our clients, and ready to take their cases to court and let a jury determine liability and damages.
- A proven track record of success. Firm founding attorney Mark Hurt has represented countless clients in settlement and at trial, and recovered for them millions of dollars. While we can never promise a successful outcome for any client, we do have a proven record of success.
- The trial and litigation experience needed to pursue full compensation. If we represent you, you’ll work directly with Mark Hurt. We don’t delegate cases to junior associates. Attorney Mark Hurt will be representing you throughout your case, keeping you informed as your case progresses.
- The advancement of litigation costs on behalf of our clients. It can cost thousands (and sometimes tens of thousands) of dollars to fully litigate a case. These costs can include mediation and deposition costs, the costs of accident reconstructionists, expert fees to prove fault, pain and suffering, and other matters, court costs, and many other associated costs. We believe that if you’ve been injured, your focus should be on recovering. We know that if you’ve been badly injured, you may not be able to work, which will usually result in a financial hardship. Our firm advances these costs on your behalf while your case is progressing, so that you don’t need to be concerned about paying these costs while you are recovering (these costs are then normally deducted from a court award or settlement).
- There is no fee for our firm unless compensation is recovered. We take the full risk for getting paid for our time, which provides a great incentive for us to work hard on your behalf in seeking the maximum recovery to which you may be entitled.
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In the interim, the following is important information to know if you’ve been involved in a car accident or other vehicle crash.
How Much Can I Recover for Pain and Suffering in a Car Crash?
If you’ve been injured in a car crash or vehicle accident, you are entitled to full and fair compensation for the pain and suffering that you endured as a result of the crash. In a lawsuit, important factors usually considered in making this determination include:
- The severity of the pain
- How long the pain lasted (including whether the pain is likely to last on a long-term basis)
- The pain that you may have suffered as a result of medical treatment and rehabilitation
- If you will need future surgery or medical treatment, the amount of pain that you will have to endure at a later time
- The psychological pain that you may have to endure, which can include matters such as sleeplessness, physical scarring (and the resulting social stigma), and other matters.
- Loss of companionship and relations with a spouse, as well as lifestyle interference (such as if you can no longer participate in a favorite activity, such as playing sports with your children).
As your legal counsel, our role is to detail the full pain and suffering that you have suffered so that fair consideration can be obtained.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Case?
Our sincere condolences if a family member has died as the result of a car crash or other vehicle accident caused by someone else.
Generally, if a person has died, the eligible family members will be entitled to recover compensation for the following:
- The fair market value of the lost wages that would have otherwise been earned
- Medical expenses and other costs incurred
- Property damaged (such as vehicles that were totaled)
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium – the loss of affection suffered by a spouse or other family members as the result of the death of the loved one
- Other damages and expenses arising from the crash that otherwise would not have been incurred.
The foregoing is only a very brief list of damages that may be recoverable; there may be additional types of damages that may apply in your case (and not all of the damages noted above may apply). When we meet with you, we can explain what damages may be applicable relating to your loved one’s death.
Understanding Liens and How the Amount of Your Settlement or Verdict May Be Reduced
If you’ve been in a car crash and your vehicle has been totaled or damaged, and you have incurred medical and/or other expenses, the insurance company(ies) that paid for your damaged vehicle and medical expenses will have a lien against any proceeds recovered through a settlement or jury verdict. Additionally, if the federal government paid for treatment through Medicare or Medicaid, the federal government will also be entitled to reimbursement for the amounts that they have paid.
In settlement negotiations, it will be important to take into consideration the amounts of all liens that insurance companies and others may have on compensation that may be recovered. As your legal counsel, our firm can advise you as to the liens that may exist, and whether it may be possible to seek a reduction in the amount of such liens (so that you can keep more of the settlement proceeds or trial award).
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Contact a Johnson City Car Accident Lawyer for Crashes
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver, contact a Johnson City car accident lawyer for crashes to discuss what type of damages you may be entitled to. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we have successfully obtained compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses our clients have suffered. Call us today to find out how we can help you.
We hired Mr. Hurt to help settle a worker’s comp injury case for my husband. Mark, Bart, and Mary worked tirelessly to resolve his case and reach a settlement we were pleased with. They were always available to answer questions and returned calls in a timely manner.