A wheelchair-bound pedestrian has recently decided to file a personal injury lawsuit in Blount County Circuit Court after she was hit by a dump truck approximately one year ago. April Sharice Warren, who is named as the plaintiff in the case, had been attempting to cross the street in front of Blount Memorial Hospital located at 907 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway at around 12:35 p.m., according to The Daily Times. When Warren approached the crosswalk, James Hatcher, who was behind the wheel of a Mack dump truck, was sitting at a traffic light.
The source stated that after Warren entered into the crosswalk, Hatcher proceeded to drive forward on a green light and struck Warren while crossing the road in her motorized scooter. The news outlet stated that “the scooter tipped over and the front left tire of the dump truck ran over Warren’s leg. When police arrived at the accident scene, Hatcher told officials that he did not see Warren, but that “he did stop when he heard the collision.” Warren was transported by an ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center and was said to have been in stable condition the following evening after the crash.
After Warren had certain medical treatments rendered, she found that she had accrued nearly $237,000 in medical expenses and proceeded on to file a lawsuit against the owner of the dump truck company, C&C Trucking Contractors Inc., as well as Hatcher. Warren is now seeking “$3.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages on personal injury and permanent impairment claims.” The lawsuit accused Hatcher of “negligence and failure to yield the right of way as Warren was lawfully crossing the road.”
Now, although Warren did suffer injuries and claimed Hatcher was responsible for causing the wreck, she will have to prove that he was, in fact, negligent, especially because the police report stated that when Warren was in the crosswalk, the crossing signal displayed a red “don’t cross” hand.” As you can see, there are two sides to this story and it will likely take some time before the courts rule on the case.
Why it is necessary to hire a TN personal injury attorney following a wreck?
After being involved in any type of crash, it is crucial that you hire a personal injury attorney if you wish to file a lawsuit in an attempt to recover compensation for the expenses accrued as well as for the damage that has been caused. As you can see from the case cited above, there may be multiple parties that are involved and two sides to the story. While you might be under the impression that one party was responsible for causing the wreck that has left you injured or disabled, they may be attempting to hold you accountable for causing the wreck yourself. And without a personal injury attorney working by your side and defending your rights as a victim, you risk being held partially or completely liable for causing the accident which would drastically affect your ability to recover the compensation you need.
Therefore, because there may be some confusion as to who is responsible for causing the wreck and which parties are actually at fault for causing it, it is best a victim retains a personal injury lawyer who can assess the case and be sure accountability is placed on the appropriate party. Now, if you recently engaged in a collision in or nearby to Nashville, TN, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner, Jr. Our office will help you understand the lawsuit process, what your case might be worth, and what steps need to be taken if you are ready to proceed on with filing suit against the party whom you believe caused the wreck.
You can reach the Law Office of George R. Fusner, Jr. at
7104 Peach Court
Brentwood, TN 37027