Tennessee Car Accident Lawyer
Chaos, pain, stress, financial catastrophe – these are just a few of the consequences of a serious car accident. You might feel like there’s no way you can overcome the devastation that’s been thrown at you by someone else’s bad decisions. We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to carry that burden alone.
If a careless driver caused you harm, you deserve to be paid for the costs you’re facing. We hold bad drivers and their insurance companies accountable for the payment they owe you. John R. Colvin has been helping clients with car accident cases in Tennessee for more than 20 years, and he knows how to get results.
Contact John R. Colvin today to schedule a free consultation.
Do You Have a Case?
Ask yourself these questions…
- Were you injured in a car accident?
- Were those injuries costly, painful or disruptive to your life?
- Was another driver at least partially at fault for the car accident?
- Has an insurance company offered you less than you deserve?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should explore your legal options. Each case is unique, so it’s in your best interest to consult an attorney who handles vehicle wreck cases to find out whether you have a case.
The Tennessee car accident attorney John R. Colvin has years of experience standing up for his clients to make sure they’re taken care of. If you’re considering filing a personal injury claim, don’t hesitate to contact John R. Colvin to schedule a free case evaluation.
Why choose John R. Colvin?
John R. Colvin has been practicing law since 1994. In that time, he’s handled a wide range of case types and seen firsthand how important it is for clients to have a dedicated advocate when they are being taken advantage of by insurance companies.
When you work with John, you’re working with your lawyer, not with an attorney that will simply farm out your case to an associate. John’s clients know they can contact him directly with questions and that he’ll be handling their case personally.
Our previous clients make our case better than we ever could. Check out our client testimonials to find out how we’ve helped the people we represent. We’re always professional, but we’re also people who care deeply about the wellbeing of our clients.
Contact John R. Colvin today to schedule a free consultation. Let us listen to your problems and tell you how we can help. If you don’t want to move forward, you are under no obligation to do so. Call us today or fill out our online form to get started.
What the Statistics Tell Us About Road Safety
Anti-lock brakes, air bags, and overall design improvements have made many modern cars safer than their predecessors. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes an overall decline in fatal crashes in late-model vehicles. But there are still many dangerous vehicles – and drivers – on the roadways.
Motor vehicle accidents killed more than 40,000 people in the U.S. in 2017. In Tennessee, more than 100,000 people were injured in traffic crashes between 2005 and 2015. Many fatal and serious crashes could be avoided if drivers followed rules of the road and exercised caution. But drivers who are careless or reckless continue to cause car accidents; when they do, the people they hurt could be entitled to compensation.
How Bad Drivers Cause Us Harm
Negligence comes in many forms on our roads. A driver might be liable for injuries if they are…
- Impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Failing to follow the rules of the road.
We all have a responsibility to keep our fellow motorists safe. When a driver causes you harm, they have failed in that responsibility. We make sure you don’t foot the bill for their mistakes. Contact John R. Colvin today to learn more about your legal options.
Carelessness Behind the Wheel
Most people understand that driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is extremely dangerous. But they might not recognize the potential consequences of other, seemingly harmless behaviors. For example, sleep-deprived drivers may have slow reaction times and impaired judgment. A person who has been awake for 24 hours experiences the same level of impairment as someone with a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent (higher than the Tennessee legal limit of 0.08 percent).
Drivers may overestimate their own ability to pay attention to the road while handling other tasks. Particularly when tired, when using a cell phone, or when eating, drivers might be increasing their risk of a crash. All of those behaviors fall under the broad definition of distracted driving, which causes approximately 10 percent of fatal car accidents and 18 percent of injuries.
In 2016, texting while driving resulted in approximately 3,450 deaths and nearly 400,000 injuries in the U.S.
Some states and municipalities have laws prohibiting teens from texting while driving, or restricting the use of cell phones, in general, for any motorist. Texting while driving is illegal in Tennessee and is punishable by a fine of $50. But if a texting driver causes an accident that injures others, the costs and consequences can be much higher.
When a vehicle malfunctions while in motion, the results can be deadly. Many of these problems can be avoided through regular maintenance; a driver who fails to take good care of his vehicle could be at greater risk for an accident, and at risk of being found negligent, if he causes a crash with injuries.
Some crashes result from a manufacturing defect, and those defects may be unknown until a pattern of accidents emerges. There have been cases of a manufacturer’s issuing a recall of a vehicle model or part years after a car was originally built.
Common vehicle defects include…
- Faulty tires
- Defective airbags
- Headlights or tail lights
- Ignition switches
- Top-heavy vehicle designs.
In one of the most notable, widespread recalls in recent history, 11 automotive companies that use Takata air bag inflators in their vehicles have issued recalls. The inflators can cause air bags to rupture without warning, sending metal shrapnel into the interior of the car.
In 2013, Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 reported that federal agents seized a shipment of counterfeit air bags that was en route to a local used car dealership. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found in testing that counterfeit air bags consistently malfunction in potentially deadly ways and that people who buy used vehicles and don’t know the vehicle’s history could be at risk. The NHTSA has compiled a list of vehicles for which counterfeiters have designed compatible air bags.
Even with Defects, Someone Is at Fault
Just because a crash or serious injury is caused by a defective vehicle part, this does not mean there’s no one to blame. In fact, manufacturers can and should be held responsible for the harm their vehicles and vehicle parts have caused. John R. Colvin can help you hold negligent manufacturers responsible for the costs you’re facing.
Contact our Tennessee car accident attorney today to learn more.
Common Injuries in Car Accidents
One single wreck can change many lives. The injured car accident victim could face great pain and suffering, in addition to costly medical expenses and the inability to do their job. But the consequences of these crashes also impact loved ones, and it’s often true that entire families are disrupted because of one bad driver.
Some of the most common injuries we see are…
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractured hips, knees, vertebrae, skulls, wrists and ankles
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
- Wrongful death.
If you have suffered these or any other injuries in a car accident in Tennessee, we encourage you to explore your legal options. Contact John R. Colvin today.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Tennessee
- Make sure that you and other vehicle occupants are not in harm’s way. If you are in danger and it’s possible to get to safer ground, then do so immediately.
- Contact 911 and request the presence of a police officer and an ambulance. The officer will write a report that will later be useful for insurance and legal purposes.
- Say as little as necessary to the other driver. Be respectful, but know that the words you use could be used against you.
- If possible, take pictures of the scene and gather contact information of any potential witnesses.
- Always seek medical care if there is even the slightest possibility that you have been hurt. Don’t take risks when your health is on the line. Seek medical attention and follow the doctor’s orders.
- In the days, weeks and months that follow, keep track of all the expenses you encounter stemming from the accident. They add up quickly, and you could easily lose track of how much money the crash has caused you.
- If you are contacted by your own insurance company, cooperate with them, but don’t accept any offers that are less than you deserve. NEVER speak to the representative of the other driver’s insurance company.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you maximize the compensation you receive and steer you away from making common mistakes.
John R. Colvin can find out how much you are owed and make sure you get the payment you deserve. He’s fought for clients across the state to make sure that insurance companies live up to their promises. Contact us today to get started.
When a Car Accident Is Fatal
If you’ve lost a loved one because a driver was reckless, you can hold that driver accountable through wrongful death claims. These claims are different than criminal charges. Wrongful death claims are filed through civil court, where the survivors of the deceased seek compensation for the economic and non-economic damages they’ve suffered.
A wrongful death claim offers compensation for…
- The wages the deceased would have earned had the accident not occurred
- The medical bills stemming from any care the victim received after the accident
- The mental and physical pain the survivors have experienced
- The financial expenses a family has suffered because of their loss
- The burial and funeral expenses.
No amount of money can heal the suffering of grieving family members, but they do offer compensation to help them withstand the financial consequences of their loss. They also offer accountability on part of the at-fault driver.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a car accident and want to learn more about wrongful death claims, contact John R. Colvin. Schedule your free consultation so we can learn about your case and give you an evaluation.
How to Get Help
Usually, there are several underlying causes for a car accident. When you are injured in a crash, John R. Colvin will find out what those causes are and whether someone is liable for your injuries. After conducting an investigation, we’ll determine how much money you are owed, and we will fight relentlessly to get you the payment you deserve.
We don’t take it easy on insurance companies. People too often leave money on the table, money that they desperately need to cover the costs of their injuries, simply because they are too overwhelmed by the prospect of filing an injury claim.
When you work with John R. Colvin, you can hand your claim over to an attorney with a reputation for getting real results for his clients. All you need to do to get started is to schedule a free consultation with our firm. If you don’t want to move forward, you don’t have to. Let us tell you more about your legal options.
There is a statute of limitations in cases involving personal injury, so if you or a family member has been injured in a car accident, don’t wait to ask for help. Call Tennessee car accident lawyer John R. Colvin today, or fill out our online contact form.