Personal injury or “tort” claims generally arise when someone is injured because of the negligence of another person or entity. This area of the law tries to help compensate accident victims for the economic and non-economic harm they have suffered. A Spring Hill personal injury lawyer from The Cochran Firm – Nashville may be able to help you determine if you may be eligible for compensation. Call our team at (615) 651-7451 to learn about your legal rights and options.
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According to the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, there were 1,148 people who died in Tennessee motor vehicle accidents in 2019. Many more suffered serious injuries.
Types of Auto Accident Claims We Handle
Our personal injury team assists victims who were injured in various types of auto accident claims. Each type of claim may involve unique legal issues and challenges, including:
- Hit and run accidents: in hit and run accidents, the negligent driver may quickly flee from the scene of the accident, so you may need to make a claim with your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
- Multi-vehicle accidents: multi-vehicle accidents or pileups often involve a complex claims process with many drivers and car insurance companies involved.
- Single-vehicle collisions: if you were a passenger in a single-vehicle collision, our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you make a claim against the negligent driver. If the accident was caused by other factors, such as missing road signage or defective maintenance, we can review the circumstances and determine all potentially liable parties.
- Accidents involving defective vehicles: vehicles that are more prone to rollovers or that have defects like tires susceptible to a quick blowout or steering issues may involve a product liability claim against the vehicle or parts manufacturer.
- Rear-end collisions: rear-end collisions often occur because the driver in the back is following too closely. However, the rear driver is not always to blame, such as if the front vehicle does not have working brake lights or the front driver was committing a traffic violation at the time of the accident.
Common Reasons for Auto Accidents
Unfortunately, auto accidents are all too common. Some of the most common reasons for these accidents include:
- Distractions: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,841 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving distractions in 2018.
- Speeding: speeding was a factor in 26% of traffic fatalities in 2017, according to the NHTSA.
- Drugs or alcohol: drugs or alcohol can lower a driver’s inhibitions and make it more difficult to maintain speed, steering capability, and occupation in a single lane.
- Careless driving: many accidents are caused because drivers make careless driving errors or do not follow basic traffic rules.
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Because commercial trucking companies are paid by the load, there is an incentive to get products delivered as quickly as possible, which may increase the likelihood of an accident and motivate trucking companies and truckers to take shortcuts, such as:
- Hiring inexperienced truck drivers
- Not inspecting vehicles before heading to a new destination
- Not properly securing loads
- Skipping mandatory drug and alcohol screening
- Violating required rest breaks and hours of service rules
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When contractors or subcontractors do not properly perform their duties, they may construct buildings in an unsafe manner that can cause serious accidents. A Spring Hill personal injury lawyer may be able to review the work to determine how the accident occurred and who may be legally responsible for it.
In some situations, people are given drugs that cause harmful side effects or an adverse reaction with other medications. If you were harmed by a defective drug, you may be able to pursue a claim against the drug manufacturer. Contact our firm at (615) 651-7451 to learn more about your rights.
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Product liability refers to the legal responsibility of manufacturers and other parties in the supply chain to pay for damages when their products pose an unnecessary risk to consumers and harm consumers due to defects. There are generally three types of defects:
- Manufacturing defect: a manufacturing defect is an issue that is present usually only in a batch of products due to some error during the manufacturing process.
- Design defect: a design defect arises when the original design of a product is inherently dangerous.
- Warning defect: a warning defect is present when a product poses an unreasonable risk of harm that is not clearly communicated to consumers.
Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility of property owners to be responsible for the damages that their negligent maintenance causes to people on their land. It may include claims involving:
- Slips and falls
- Dog bites
- Negligent security
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Traumatic brain injuries are serious injuries that can forever alter the life of a victim. They may cause cognitive problems and changes in personality. Many traumatic brain injury victims must relearn simple life skills and may require medical assistance for a prolonged period of time. Many traumatic brain injuries are caused by accidents involving:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Defective construction
- Defective products
- Defective drugs
- Medical malpractice
- Slips and falls
According to TN Code §20-5-113, if a person is killed by a “wrongful act, fault, or omission of another,” their family may be able to pursue compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of time and necessary expenses from personal injuries of the decedent
- Mental and physical suffering
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If you or a loved one was harmed in any of the personal injury cases described above, a Spring Hill personal injury lawyer from The Cochran Firm – Nashville may be able to help. We do not charge anything for an initial consultation and can explain your legal rights and options. Call to speak to a member of our team at (615) 651-7451 and learn more about how we can help.