Jonesborough, TN Car Accident Lawyer

Jonesborough, TN Car Accident LawyerHave you been hurt in a car accident?  Was a loved one killed in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence?  If either of these are true, the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt can file a lawsuit on your behalf to pursue the compensation you and your family deserve.

We offer a free consult, there are no fees unless compensation is recovered, and we advance all costs of litigation so that neither you nor your family will need to come out of pocket for expensive litigation costs.[1]

How Many People in Tennessee Die in Car Accidents Each Year?

According to Tennessee’s Department of Safety & Homeland Security, over 1,070 Tennesseans were killed in car and other vehicle accidents in 2019,  In addition to these unfortunate deaths, nearly 3,000 local residents sustained severe injuries.[4]  If you or a loved one was involved in an car or vehicle truck accident caused by the negligence of someone else, you deserve to be fully compensated for the expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages sustained.

Our Record of Success in Helping Those Injured

For over three decades, Mark Hurt has been representing Tennessee residents in Jonesborough and other areas in the state who have been injured in car accidents and other circumstances, and he has recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of injured victims and families who have lost loved ones.  As a long-time car accident attorney, Mark can utilize his extensive experience to help develop a strong case, negotiate a settlement, or file a lawsuit (if a fair settlement in not forthcoming) to seek justice and compensation for your damages and/or those of your family.

I Was Involved in Car Accident in Jonesborough.  What Should I Do Next?

If you were involved in a car accident and sustained injuries, it is important that you report the accident if you are able to do so.  Tennessee law requires the following types of accidents to be reported:

  • Accidents involving personal injury, damage to property (over $50), or death. You must immediately report the accident to the police, a Washington County sheriff, or a Tennessee highway patrol office.[5]
  • Accidents involving personal injury, property damage (over $400), or death. A police accident report must be submitted to the Department of Safety within twenty days after the crash.[6]

If you are seeking to file a lawsuit, it is important that you reach out to an experienced Jonesborough car accident attorney as soon as possible, not only so that the accident scene can be investigated promptly, but also so that your (or your family’s) legal rights to seek compensation against those responsible can be preserved.

Under Tennessee Code § 28-3-104, a personal injury claim must be filed within one year from the date of the accident.  If you fail to meet this statute of limitations, a Tennessee court may consider your claim invalid and bar the lawsuit unless one of the circumstances exist in which the statute of limitations may be extended (or “tolled).  If the statute of limitations expires and a lawsuit has not been properly filed, you will be unable to seek compensation through the courts.

Situations involving statute of limitations tolling can be complex, especially in the case of disabled or incompetent individuals.  As such, if you have questions regarding whether you are still able to file a lawsuit from a car accident, please call our firm and we can advise you once we learn about your circumstances.

How Do Tennessee Car Accident Settlements Work?

Car accident settlements typically result from negotiations between the attorney for an injury victim and an insurance adjuster for the driver causing the accident and/or the lawyer(s) hired by the insurance company.  Sometimes settlements occur prior to a lawsuit being filed, and sometimes the settlements occur after the suit is filed.  Additionally, sometimes the settlements occur as the result of a mediation between the two sides, and other times a mediation is not necessary.

As part of our representation, our role is to prove fault and the full amount of damages that has occurred.  Damages included matters such as vehicle damage, medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages (in many cases, other types of damages will also apply).

When damages are modest, and with our significant experience, we can often prove fault and damages to claims adjusters and their counsel so that a lawsuit is not necessary.  In other cases where significant damages and injuries have occurred, aggressive litigation is usually necessary.

We are meticulous in proving the cases of our clients.  Proving damages often involves:

  • Compiling Evidence
  • Reviewing Photographs of the Accident Scene
  • Interviewing Eyewitnesses
  • Consulting with Experts
  • Analyzing Police Reports

Can I Recover Damages if I’m Partially at Fault?

In Tennessee, even if you are found to be partly responsible for the accident, you may still be entitled to file a claim; however, you must be less than 50% at fault in order to recover.  Tennessee is a modified comparative negligence state, meaning that you can still recover damages in a car accident if you’re partly at fault, but your award will be reduced according to the extent of your negligence.  For instance, if a jury determines that you have sustained $100,000 in damages and that you were 20% at fault for the accident, your award will be reduced by this amount.  As a result, you will be entitled to $80,000 (the percentage that the other party was responsible).  If you were found at trial to be 60% at fault, you would not be entitled to any compensation, since you were found to be over 50% at fault.

Who Ultimately Pays for Damages in a Car Accident Case?

It is rare for a negligent party to personally pay for damages in a car accident; rather, a defendant’s insurance company usually bears the responsibility for the settlement or jury award.  As a result, it is typically in the best interest of the insurance company to attempt to settle a matter to avoid having higher damages awarded at trial if it appears that liability and damages are clear.

Most insurance companies will seek to pay the least amount possible, even if it leaves a victim without enough money to cover their medical expenses or losses.  As an experienced Jonesborough car accident lawyer, Mark Hurt has seen the methods insurance companies often use to try to deny liability on behalf of their insured, and seeks to hold these companies responsible for the maximum compensation possible.  If a proper settlement cannot be reached, as an experienced trial lawyer Mark also knows how to build a strong case and file a lawsuit to help ensure you get everything you are entitled to.

We Can Seek Compensation on Behalf of a Loved One Who Died in a Car Accident

In severe cases where an individual succumbs to the injuries sustained in a car accident and dies, a wrongful death claim can be filed.  The accident must have been caused by someone else’s wrongful actions, and it is necessary to show that the decedent would have been able to file a personal injury claim had they survived.

Tennessee Code § 20-5-106 allows certain family members or the personal representative of the decedent’s estate to file a wrongful death claim.  Initially, the right belongs to the surviving spouse.  If there is no surviving spouse, the following parties may be able to bring a claim:

  • Children or Next of Kin
  • The Personal Representative of the Deceased’s Estate
  • Parents (if the deceased person was dependent on the parent(s) at the time of death)
  • The Administrator of the Estate (if the deceased person was a dependent at the time of death)

If successful, surviving family members may be entitled to collect compensation for:

  • Funeral and Burials Costs
  • Lost Earning Potential
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Mental Anguish of the Deceased
  • Lost Wages (including income that the decedent may have earned if she or he had lived)
  • Physical and Mental Suffering of the Family
  • Loss of the Decedent’s Love, Companionship, and Society

If you lost a loved one in a tragic car accident, we offer our sincerest condolences.  At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we understand that this is a difficult time and that getting your affairs in order may be an overwhelming task.  We can help lessen your burden by seeking to hold those responsible accountable for the full measure of damages that they have caused.

Call Us Today for Your Free Consultation

Call the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt to schedule a free consultation to learn about your rights and options for seeking compensation.  We can walk you through your options, help negotiate a settlement, or tenaciously fight at trial to help secure the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.

 


[1] Costs advanced are usually subtracted from settlement proceeds or a jury award, if a case is successful.

[2] Tennessee Traffic Fatalities – Daily Report, Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/daily_12182019.pdf.

[3] Tennessee Traffic Fatalities – District Report, Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/district_12182019.pdf.

[4] Tennessee Traffic Crashes by Year, Type and County, Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/CrashType.pdf.

[5] TN Code § 55-10-106.

[6] TN Code § 55-10-107.

What Our Clients Say

A very professional team who understands the stress of being in an accident. Our paralegal, Courtney Cormier, made us always feel as if things were being taken care of and it was nice to be worry free.
Kristina Murray
Kristina Murray
18:29 03 Mar 21
Diana Phipps
Diana Phipps
13:46 03 Mar 21
After my car accident, Mr. Hurt and his team worked very diligently to get me a fair settlement. Courtney Cormier, a paralegal on the team, was an invaluable asset to me. She always kept me informed of everything that was happening. I couldn't have had a better experience.
Caleb & Kristina Murray
Caleb & Kristina Murray
21:54 22 Feb 21
I could not be more pleased with the service I received. He is a wonderful lawyer and he gets the job done.
Country living woman Mountains
Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
This law firm has great people skills and are very professional and efficient I would definitely recommend anyone to this law firm.
Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
Courtney done a very good job with my case at the abingdon va office very quick and efficient great job highly reccomended my auto accident was in may and alreadh we have settled for maximum amount thanks so much
James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
I contacted the law offices of Mark T. Hurt regarding a traffic ticket I received. Initially I was concerned because I live between Florida and New York, and with Virginia being midway, handling my ticket would be a major inconvenience, and I wanted to keep my record free of any infractions.Choosing Mark T. Hurt to represent me was the best choice I made, and it was further improved with the assistance of Rhonda, who contacted me once they received my request. Rhonda is one of those unique people who has mastered the fine line between being perfectly professional and friendly. Every conversation we had, was made to feel as if I were speaking to a close friend. One of the most appreciated aspects of working with her was her understanding and respectful of my schedule and time.For my work, I have a hectic schedule and very few free moments, so being able to handle things quickly and effectively is a priority for me, and Rhonda understood that and took care of everything as if she knew exactly what I was expecting. I even got sick while working with Rhonda, and her first comment was to wish me well. She also went out of her way to find solutions regarding my traffic citation that worked around my schedule. The price was fair, and when considering the quality of work and more importantly, the quality of people you will be reliant upon to ensure the best possible outcome for whatever your situation is, they can ask for 10x more than what I paid and it would still be worth it.All in all, recommendation for this law office, and for Rhonda herself, could not be higher. If you are searching for someone to represent you in any legal matter whatsoever, this is the office to work with. Thank you again Rhonda.
Al Fortunatti
Al Fortunatti
00:47 07 Nov 20
My lawyer Courtney in charge of my case was very professional, and very responsive to my personal injury and auto claim. She had it settled in a timely manner very polite and I would recommend this office to anyone.
Samantha Mays
Samantha Mays
21:28 06 Nov 20
I would highly recommend this law firm! Courtney helped me with my personal injury case, she answered all my questions and was always responsive throughout the entire process.She advocated for me efficiently and strived for the best possible outcome.
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
17:16 27 Oct 20
I'm not a Virgina resident and had found this firm through Google. I have a traffic violation case in tennessee and was desperate to get awnsers. This law office's staff was so helpful even though I wasn't able to even be a client, I believe the person who awnsered was Ashley. After their direction on finding another attorney and my case I was able to push my court date back and will be able to find someone to represent me.I'm not even a client, they didn't have to help me at all! I just wish they practiced in the tri cities area! Would recommend this group!
Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
18:34 22 Oct 20
I contacted the affordable Law Offices of Mark T Hunt regarding a ticket I received. They requested certain documents from me, went to court on my behalf and got the ticket dismissed! The entire process was easy, fast and efficient. When I emailed or texted them their response time was impeccable!I would HIGHLY recommend them if you are looking for a professional attorney!
Davina Waller
Davina Waller
16:41 22 Oct 20
Under the circumstances that I had to have an encounter with Mr. Hurt, if I needed another team to represent me, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. The sheer communication that I had with Ashley was phenomenal. I was informed every step of the way. I was directed to each step of the process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this law firm and would HIGHLY reccomend them. They were able to have my ticket completely dropped with no points added. Thank you all so much for all your hard work you did for me.
Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders
16:56 21 Oct 20
Mark and his team were very professional and courteous. They done a excellent job with my traffic ticket. I would highly recommend them.
Shannon Hanes
Shannon Hanes
16:26 21 Oct 20
My son got a speeding ticket in Virginia going back to school in Alabama. We contacted Mark Hurts office and they were very responsive and handled the entire situation for us.
Mary Ellen Fennell
Mary Ellen Fennell
22:54 20 Oct 20
The Law Offices of Mark Hurt made the process of dismissing my ticket so effortless! They were told me all the steps I needed to take to make Mr. Hurt’s job easier, and he was able to dismiss my ticket! I’m so thankful I used Mark Hurt to represent me in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
Cristina Marie
Cristina Marie
16:33 15 Oct 20
Friendly. Efficient. Professional.I’m thankful!
Moody Witoutcoffee
Moody Witoutcoffee
03:56 09 Oct 20
Rafael Oliveira
Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
Cleber Bandi
Cleber Bandi
00:06 06 Oct 20
Lindaura Williams
Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
14:48 05 Oct 20
T. O.
T. O.
19:55 03 Oct 20
anita R Oliveira
anita R Oliveira
15:25 03 Oct 20
I highly recommend anyone to choose The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues! They were extremely nice, helpful, and professional, especially Courtney! Every question and concern was always answered. I am thankful for all their help!!
Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
They were very helpful, and answered all of the questions I had, and got great results from my court hearing, I would highly recommend!
Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
This law firm is the best of the best and Courtney was just wonderful in every aspect. Extremely helpful and answers every question and always willing to help! Mark Hurt and his crew are the best! Thank you all for helping my family in a very difficult time. Highly recommend.
Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
Late in July I was charged with a reckless driving ticket in Greenville County, Virginia. I got caught going 83mph in a 55mph zone. It was my first offense on my driving record and I did not need a misdemeanor which could hurt my career. I was assured by Mrs Rhonda Hurt not to worry and that her team would take care of it. On my end, the only effort I put in was taking a 12 hour defensive driving course and sending her my driving record. Two months later, the result of my hearing was a reduction to a defective equipment/non driving violation with 0 points off my record. The other good part about this case was I did not have to go to court. In court fees I paid $68 and a fine of $78 for my ticket. Mrs. Rhonda and her team put together a miracle in that county and I cannot give her enough credit. I sincerely recommend this firm because I know they worked hard on my case and will do the same for you. Thank you again!
Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
I highly recommend this law firm! Rhonda answered all my questions regarding social security questions and she put my nerves at ease! Im so thankful for her kind spirit and her honesty!
Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
The law offices of mark hurt was very good to me and my family great people great service and great results courtney was our paralegal that presided over the case could not have asked for more to be done.
Danny Kiser
Danny Kiser
18:34 31 Aug 20
I got a traffic ticket while I traveled passing through VA in May.It is a big deal if you have the Law Section: 44-1/46/2-862 and speeding excess of 80 MPH in your ticket. It is a Criminal Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Charge!I saw Mark T. Hurt's Law office simple letter, I decided to give a call and get a free consultation.From the call, Rhonda provided a detail explaining the criminal charge of the Misdemeanor Reckless Driving ticket is about. She is a very caring and honest person, no sale pressure to me to take their law office at all.Once I decided to use their firm to represent me in court, it didn't take an hour, I was told totake some actions and wait for cout day to see the result. That is that simple and no worry at all. On the court date, I received text messages from lawyer's office. Guess what? The lawyer did a miraculous and fantastic job for me in the court.The Reckless Driving Misdemeanor ticket has been reduced to an Improper Driving traffic ticket.Thanks to Mark T. Hurt's Law office team! They are not only very professional and transparent but also does the best quality job you can find. I strongly recommend them to be your lawyer if you need one in VA.
C.Y. Kuan
C.Y. Kuan
01:07 23 Aug 20
Having landed a Reckless Driving (99 in a 65) on my way back to FL from WV, I came across this law firm when searching something along "best reckless driving lawyers Virginia."Mr. Hurt's firm dropped my "Criminal Misdemeanor" to an improper driving. Which from my understanding is right next to a normal speeding ticket.All expenses accounted (payment, court cost, fine), I'm out roughly $1,100 ; but I'd much rather pay that once today, than every six months to an insurance company for the next... God knows how many years. I am extremely grateful and overjoyed with my outcome.As far as speaking with the great ladies at these offices, everyone was always kind, quick, and considerate. They answered all my questions, explained all my options and possible outcomes. I had a clean record, and had now experience dealing with courts or lawyers, so their patience and knowledge was especially helpful. If I ever screw up again (I pray to God I don't) I hope it's in Virginia, so I can call upon Mr. Hurt's offices.
Nomadic Wolf
Nomadic Wolf
21:06 21 Aug 20
I would like to thank Hope for helping me get my SSDI. She was a true professional a great help with my success. great asset to the law firm and honest lady could not ask for anyone better. Thank You, David
David Harden
David Harden
21:17 20 Aug 20
I had a miracle outcome
jose feliz
jose feliz
22:14 18 Aug 20
I got stop in wyth county saw good reviews on Law of Mark, i can say i highly recomend them, got stop 79mph on a 60mph, they all i had to pay was a low amounth of $200 fine plus court cost $76 and they got me out with zero point infraction, if you looking for lawyer on traffic tickets here its the place to go with! Very professional and representatives will be there to help any time!
Brisio Gaza
Brisio Gaza
23:12 15 Aug 20
This law firm is the up most professional and highly knowledgeable in it's field of work. Courtney is awesome and a pleasure to work with she is the best at her job. We highly recommend this law firm!
Christy Statzer
Christy Statzer
02:52 11 Aug 20
Courtney Cormier and the law office, was amazing! Courtney was very efficient, timely, and responsive. I had an issue with a previous employee, but due to that, Mr. Hurt wanted to ensure that I was completely satisfied, so he made adjustments on his fee, just to make sure I was happy! You couldn't ask for a better paralegal or law office! I highly recommend this firm!
Jessica Ann Roberts
Jessica Ann Roberts
20:10 30 Jul 20
I called seeking help with a traffic ticket I received. I spoke to the legal assistant, Ashley and she was very helpful.
Nathan
Nathan
13:54 30 Jul 20
my Attorney Courtney Cormier was amazing and very helpful and patient with me and the case and always keep me updated on all the steps and procedures of the process i would definitely recommend her and this office they are amazing
Branden Lewis
Branden Lewis
15:24 21 Jul 20
These guys got my reckless driving charge of a 94 in 70 down to a improper driving. You won’t regret hiring them to help you out!
Haley Walser
Haley Walser
23:22 20 Jul 20
Great experience with Courtney Cormier! Thanks for the professional help!
Alisha Fagan
Alisha Fagan
16:26 20 Jul 20
Thank you for doing the best you guys did an amazing job with my case I appreciate everyone that worked on my case I definitely recommend this law firm!!
Abdullah Shaikh
Abdullah Shaikh
14:56 16 Jul 20
Great people! Very helpful and professional.
Heather Foster
Heather Foster
21:53 15 Jul 20
Wonderful, family oriented law firm. The staff are very attentive and courteous especially Courtney. I highly recommend this legal establishment!
Duane Cormier
Duane Cormier
17:25 15 Jul 20
Amazing group of people to work with Courtney is fantasticI would highly recommend this group
Kara Ginter-Hensley
Kara Ginter-Hensley
21:41 14 Jul 20
Great firm!! Diana will walk you through everything you need to take care of a traffic ticket.
Braden Alexander
Braden Alexander
19:28 14 Jul 20
They are very professional, and respectful with everybody, including one of his employees, Rafael
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
17:01 14 Jul 20
The personnel who work here are constiment professionals. Rhonda Hurt kept me abreast of all proceedings and changes without the need for me to follow up, allowing me to maintain a piece of mind knowing that the Law Offices of Mark T Hurt were on the job (Rhonda kept me up to date through text and e-mail).During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak all court dates were changed. I received a personalized letter from Mark assuring me that he and his team was on the job and was going to see my case through to the end while keeping me looped in.Thank you for all your help and persistence to see the great outcome I received.I highly recommend anyone to use the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues!
Jon H
Jon H
11:34 13 Jul 20
They are a hard working team that care about their clients.
Frederick Baker II
Frederick Baker II
05:13 26 Jun 20
Fast, professional, and friendly. One of the best we have had for our family case and would HIGHLY recommend!!
Jonathan Mora
Jonathan Mora
19:13 04 May 20
I had a summons to court for reckless driving doing 82/70, and they took care of it without a problem and got it dismissed for me! They also work with you on your payments! Rhonda is the sweetest person I’ve ever spoke too, she worked with me and helped me tremendously! I highly recommend you choose this amazing and sweet firm to help your cases! ❤️
Aleah Nicole
Aleah Nicole
13:46 11 Apr 20