The Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. can assist Lakewood Tennessee car and Lakewood truck accident victims.
A Lakewood TN personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. in Tennessee will work for individuals who may be suffering from acute and chronic personal injury, extreme financial loss, and/or the loss of a loved one caused by a catastrophic car or truck accident. When insurance and legal matters surrounding an accident are not handled in a timely manner, negative complications may arise, causing additional problems for accident victims, or their families.
Tennessee laws provide for compensation following at- fault insurance rules where at fault drivers are legally responsible to cover the damages and injuries they have caused. Injured victims can either file a claim with their own insurance company, or file a claim against a third party’s insurance company. Because damages may exceed the coverage amounts on the at-fault driver’s policy, especially in cases involving tractor trailer crashes, it may be wise to speak with an experienced LakewoodTN injury lawyer regarding the need for increased damage compensation. Tennessee utilizes the modified comparative negligence system to determine responsibility for accidents and injured parties can receive compensation if they are 49% or less responsible for the accident, also known as the 50% rule.
Accident Insurance claims in Lakewood Tennessee.
An experienced Lakewood TN car wreck attorney can manage details of a lawsuit with insurance companies after an accident, recognizing that insurance adjusters may often use formulas that result in lower insurance settlements to close out claims quickly. A Lakewood TN car wreck lawyer can review industry-standard processes utilized for damage valuations of property, residual bodily harm, and wrongful death, and make certain they represent resultant compensatory and punitive damages to cover a victim’s losses.
- Compensatory damages. An accident attorney in Lakewood Tennessee can fight for both types of compensatory damages including economic consideration for present and future lost wages, medical bills, medical care, household expenses; and non-economic damages for pain and suffering, or loss of companionship that may be addressed in a settlement award not to exceed $750,000., unless injuries are catastrophic, then the cap is $1,000,000.
- Punitive damages. When a case can be proven by clear and convincing evidence that shows a defendant deliberately acted in a manner to cause harm to another individual, punitive damages may be awarded on a case-by-case situation.
Statute of limitations in Lakewood Tennessee.
Tennessee law states that a person has one year to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages caused by accidents from the date of the injury, or knowledge of the injury and wrongful death claims must be filed within one year of the death. An attorney can guide individuals of any deviations from that timeline.
Tennessee law requires all drivers who are involved in accidents that cause personal injury or death to immediately stop and render aid to injured drivers. An exchange of vehicle information and car insurance is necessary at accident scenes that are not dire. The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury, death, or property damage above fifty dollars ($50.00) must give notice of the accident to local, county or state police authorities, depending on the accident location.
When roadway accidents in Tennessee are caused by criminally negligent acts, such as reckless driving, distracted driving, or driving under the influence, an experienced Lakewood Tennessee car accident attorney will know how to proceed with a complex accident case involving criminal components.
Truck accident lawyers in Lakewood TN.
A Lakewood TN tractor trailer accident attorney has specialized knowledge of the trucking industry and state and federal carrier laws that may impact a truck accident case and the manner in which damages will be assessed and paid to accident victims.
Tennessee Statute TCA § 55-7-203(b)(3) restricts commercial vehicles weight to no more than 80,000 pounds as the size and weight of a truck increase the possibility of death and severe injury. A tractor trailer accident lawyer may build a case with supporting laws when restrictions are not followed. A typical tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, compared to passenger vehicles weighing about 3,000 or 4,000 pounds. Truck’s braking capabilities are often cited as accident factors because a loaded tractor-trailer needs 20-40% more distance to stop than a passenger car.
TCA § 55-50-403 ensures employees have current CDL licenses, and valid medical cards stating drivers are medically fit to drive. Tennessee follows federal guidelines for all commercial motor vehicles subject to regulations of the United States Department of Transportation, 49 C.F.R. part 387, regarding insurance in an amount equivalent to the minimum levels of financial responsibility set forth in the regulations. An experienced truck wreck lawyer in Lakewood Tennessee may assist in personal injury claims and wrongful death actions, but a strong case may require an expert accident reconstructionist and a review of a trucking company’s documentation to determine negligence including:
- A review of trucking company records.
- Electronic on-board recorder information.
- Witness interviews.
- Accident scene investigation.
- Vehicle inspection.
Wrongful death lawsuit in Lakewood Tennessee.
A wrongful death legal action can be brought by loved ones when a person dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another. Tennessee accident lawyers can successfully represent individuals who lost a loved one to a car or truck accident in the State of Tennessee. Accident attorneys can answer questions about how to approach harmful loss through damages that may include:
- Medical bills and burial expenses
- Compensation for lost wages
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Punitive damages that are intended to punish the person who caused the death.
Legal action after an accident in Lakewood TN.
It is best to contact a qualified injury attorney in Lakewood Tennessee at the Law Offices of George R. Fusner to determine the next steps to take toward damage recovery when a life-altering car or truck accident results in personal injury, damage loss, or wrongful death casualty.
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