Memphis Car Accident Attorneys
Most folks in Memphis rely on cars to get around. Our cars let us get to work, take our kids to school, run our errands, and just navigate the city. We get behind the wheel as a normal part of our daily lives. However, every single day some drivers in the Memphis area have their lives interrupted by a tragic car accident. Since vehicles hit such high speeds and are so large, even minor wrecks can leave occupants and, all too often, passersby in need of immediate medical care. Car accidents can also result in extreme injuries and, in the worst scenarios, death.
Injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident can be terribly painful and extremely costly. Accident victims are not only forced to experience the agony and trauma of the initial crash, but they often suffer more in the aftermath when they have to deal with long-lasting pains, financial distress, and anxiety. When someone else’s irresponsible actions caused or contributed to the accident that hurt you, it is unfair for you to bear the costs of your injury alone. At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, our tough Memphis car accident lawyers understand that you deserve financial compensation if another party was partially or entirely to blame for your injury. We are ready to help you recover the various costs related to your injury, including but not limited to medical expenses, lost earning potential, lifestyle changes, physical pain, emotional suffering, and lost work wages.
Car Accident Cases We Handle
People can be injured in a variety of motor vehicle accidents. They can also struggle with a number of issues after the crash, including uncooperative insurance companies and financial distress. The car accident lawyers at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers have earned the skills and experience necessary to represent you. Some examples of car accident cases we can handle include:
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- Auto Defects
- Speeding Accidents
- Reckless Driving Accidents
- Road Defects
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Insurance Claims
Whether you need help filing an insurance claim or want to seek financial compensation for your injuries, we are equipped to help.
Car Accidents in Tennessee
A shockingly high number of people become victims of car accidents in Tennessee every year. Though the accident rates on our highways and roads have been gradually declining over the past few decade, they still remain among the highest in the nation. Shelby county, including Memphis, sees an alarming amount of crashes that result in death an injury. A huge percent of those crashes are related to alcohol consumption. For example, there have been:
- 72,437 alcohol-related crashes from 2007-2017 in Tennessee
- 6,275 alcohol-related crashes in Tennessee in 2016 alone
- 7,294 alcohol-related crashes from 2007-2017 in Shelby County
Though drinking and driving continues to claim an unacceptable amount of lives all across the country, other driver errors and actions are also responsible for serious accidents. Individuals have a solemn legal responsibility to operate their vehicles without putting others at serious risk of danger. The law expects drivers to be sober, alert, focussed, and aware of traffic laws. The briefest moment of distraction can lead to an accident that will affect someone for the rest of their life. In 2016, 73,249 traffic crashes occurred in the Shelby County, area, including Memphis. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security reports on the number of crashes caused by specific driver errors. For instance, there were:
- 304 crashes caused by aggressive driving/road rage
- 4,473 crashes caused by careless or erratic driving
- 807 crashes caused by a failure to keep in proper lane or running off the road
- 4,855 crashes caused by a failure to yield right of way
- 6,564 crashes caused by an inattentive driver
- 512 crashes caused by vehicle speed too fast for conditions
- 4,702 crashes caused by following improperly
These statistic testify to the carnage that can follow when a driver makes the smallest mistake. However, it is important to remember that businesses and government groups can also bear some blame for a car accident. A company that sells unsafe tires may be held responsible for a crash caused by a blowout. The organization accountable for road safety could be accountable for improper signage surrounding a dangerous area.
Car Accidents and the Law
When you want to seek financial compensation to cover the costs of any medical conditions caused by a car accident, your case will typically fall under personal injury law. Personal injury law, including those involving car accidents, often relies on the concept of “negligence.” Negligence occurs when an individual or group fails to uphold their legal obligation not to put others at serious risk of danger. If someone’s negligence causes you to get injured, you can seek damages from them for the costs of your injury.
For example, imagine that a construction crew is doing work on one lane of a highway outside of Memphis. The crew was supposed to put up detour signs, along with safety cones, but they neglected this duty. While coming home from work, you drove your car into a large hole in the road created by the workers. You sustained a neck injury in the crash, and are facing high hospital bills and months of physical therapy. A skilled car accident lawyer can help you investigate the accident and determine the party that should be held legally liable, or responsible. In this case, you would most likely be entitled to substantial damages from the construction company since their negligence caused your injury. If they had properly put up road signs, the crash could have been prevented.
Car Accidents Frequently Asked Questions
Car accidents can leave you reeling, unsure of how to best protect yourself. You have to see to your injuries, get your vehicle fixed, handle forceful insurance companies, and figure out how to handle your day-to-day responsibilities. Hiring a car accident attorney can seem like just another hassle. However, it is most often in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable legal professional so you can make sure you get the financial support you are lawfully due.
We have gathered a short list of common questions people tend to have before they decide to consult with an attorney. Feel free to call 888-WE-FIGHT to ask a skilled legal professional about any questions or concerns you have about your specific case.
How much is my case worth?
A variety of factors affect how much financial compensation you can secure for your car accident injuries. The severity of your injuries, their cost, and the amount of fault assigned to other parties all contribute to determining your damages. A skilled car accident attorney can help you secure compensation to cover the expenses related to your injury including:
- Past and future hospital visits
- Medical treatment
- Physical therapy
- Property damage
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Lifestyle changes
- Lost income or work wages
- Other various costs
Even if you were partially to blame for the accident, you can still seek monetary recompense if you were less than 50% at fault. Since Tennessee is a comparative negligence state, the less you contributed to causing the accident, the more damages you can receive.
Why should I seek compensation?
The financial compensation you receive when you file a personal injury case after a car accident can help cover some or all of the costs of the crash. Many people expect insurance companies to step us and pay for vehicle damage and medical expenses, but they are often sorely disappointed. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. They are primarily concerned with making money, and your well-being is a distant second concern. These companies have been known to unjustly deny, delay, and reduce even legitimate claims. When you work with a dedicated car accident attorney, you have someone on your side who has a thorough understanding of the damages you legally deserve. Any insurance companies involved are much more likely to treat you fairly when you have legal representation, and your attorney can fight to get you the financial compensation you need to cover your costs.
Why should I choose John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers?
Our car accident attorneys immediately know that our clients have gone through a seriously traumatic event, from the moment we receive a phone call. Vehicle crashes can leave you in immense physical pain and force you to face serious financial distress. We understand that the anxieties and stresses caused by the accident are more than most are able to deal with. That’s why we focus on clear, open communication with our clients. We strive to make the legal process as transparent and easy as possible. Additionally, we understand that each our clients have each gone through a different experience, so we tailor our legal strategy to suit the specifics of each individual case. Finally, we have such a high satisfaction rate because we treat our clients with compassion and respect even as we aggressively fight to protect their rights and safeguard their future.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The law specifies that individuals and groups must avoid putting others at risk of harm. Drivers, car manufacturers, construction companies, government organizations in charge of road conditions, pedestrians, and other parties have a solemn duty to behave responsibly so that they do not unintentionally cause car accidents. Vehicle crashes can lead to some of the most damaging, devastating injuries imaginable. Those responsible deserve to be held accountable.
At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, our car accident attorneys are ready to fight to bring those responsible for your injuries to justice. Contact us today at 888-WE-FIGHT to speak with a skilled legal professional about how we can help you win financial compensation to fully or partially cover the costs of your car accident injuries.