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Car Accidents2021-08-13T09:39:21-05:00

Car Accident Injury Attorneys in Chattanooga

Car Accident Personal Injury Attorneys in Chattanooga Tennessee

After a car accident, the insurance company you file a claim with may not see it the same way as you.

Car accident injuries can seriously impact your finances as well as your ability to work and lead a normal life. You should not have to fight tooth and nail with insurance company agents just to get what you deserve for your injuries.

But that is the unfortunate reality for many car accident victims in Chattanooga.

Tennessee is an at-fault state and you may need assistance in proving fault to claim your entitlements. Our experience in helping victims of car accident injuries here means we can provide the support you need and deal with aggressive insurance companies so that you can focus on recovery from your injuries.

What is an “at-fault” state regarding auto accidents?

In an at-fault state like Tennessee, drivers found to be responsible for accidents are also responsible for the damages and injuries caused.

The insurance company of the at-fault party must pay compensation to the victim up to the limits the insurance policy allows.

If you suffered an injury in an auto accident in Tennessee, you can file a claim in one of the following ways:

  • Directly with your insurance company
  • Against a third party’s insurance company
  • Against the driver (a personal injury lawsuit filed in civil court)

Before acting, discuss your options with our experienced car accident injury attorneys who can advise you on the best course of action.

How can you prove fault in an auto accident?

Before taking any action, your lawyer will need to determine who was at fault for the accident. This is usually done by examining the relevant evidence, including:

  • Photos and videos
  • Copies of police reports
  • Witness statements
  • Inspection of the accident scene
  • Inspection of your injuries
  • Copies of medical reports

Fault is sometimes not as simple as apportioning blame to one driver for an accident. Two or more drivers may have contributed to an accident.

In such cases, Tennessee applies the “modified comparative negligence system”. Under this system, an injured victim must prove that they are 49 percent or less responsible for the accident to be eligible to receive compensation.

The amount of compensation you receive will be reduced in proportion to the degree of fault you hold for the accident.

If you are 50 percent or more responsible for an auto accident, you will not be eligible to receive any compensation for your injuries or damages.

What is “no-doubt” liability?

The type of collision is important in determining liability for an accident. In certain accident situations, there is no question who is at fault.

In these so-called no-doubt liability cases, the insurance company generally will not argue who was at fault but that doesn’t mean that you will be offered the compensation you deserve.

Typically, the following two types of collisions are no-doubt liability situations:

The driver who hits you from behind is almost always at fault even if you stop abruptly (unless your brake lights were not working, for instance).

A driver turning left is almost always at fault when hitting a car driving straight (unless the car driving straight violated traffic laws).

Violating state traffic laws

Knowledge of state traffic laws can help support your claim for compensation if you were injured in an auto accident in Tennessee.

The mention of a traffic law violation such as speeding or dangerous driving by another driver in the police report is often a helpful piece of evidence when you claim with the insurance company.

If it is not mentioned in the police report, your lawyer may need to research the various statutes to identify a violation. Remember, there are also local Chattanooga traffic laws that may impact your case and which your lawyer can advise you on.

What are common injuries after a car accident?

The types of injuries that victims of car accidents suffer are many and varied. Some common types of injuries we see in Chattanooga include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): damage to the brain caused by a blow or a piercing injury to the head.
  • Spinal cord injuries: these can cause long-term disability, such as quadriplegia and paraplegia.
  • Back injuries: impact in a car accident can cause serious back injuries, such as disk injury or cervical dislocation, greatly limiting mobility.
  • Burns: car accidents can result in fires or the release of hot liquids that can lead to serious burn injuries that require surgery or skin grafts.
  • Disfigurement: facial injuries and scarring from broken glass or impact with the steering wheel, windshield, window, airbag or dashboard are common.
  • Internal injuries: impact from a crash can cause damage to internal organs or internal bleeding that may not be immediately apparent.
  • Fractured or broken bones: you can break almost any bone in a car accident, but injuries to legs, ribs, arms, ankles, pelvis, and wrists are most common.
  • Loss of limb or digit: whether it is severed or needs to be amputated due to irreparable damage, the loss of a limb or digit can be devastating for victims.
  • Whiplash: when muscles, ligaments or tendons in the neck are damaged, it can lead to painful whiplash injuries.
  • Soft tissue injuries: sprains, strains, bruises, and damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments are common and may be more painful and long-lasting than they sound.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): mental and emotional problems after car accidents are common, impacting your ability to work and carry out everyday tasks.
Chattanooga Car Accident Injury Attorneys

Looking for a Car accident lawyer in Chattanooga, TN?

If you’ve been injured, physically or emotionally, in a car accident, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced attorney immediately.
Call (423) 267-6715 or request a free case evaluation today.

How can I prove emotional distress after an auto accident?

Chattanooga Car Accident Injury AttorneysPost-traumatic stress disorder is a real consequence of car accidents suffered by many victims.

While the insurance company may try to dispute it, our car accident injury lawyers are experienced at proving emotional or psychological distress suffered by victims.

If there is facial disfigurement after an accident, it is easy to see how this could affect a person’s emotional wellbeing, but it is not always so obvious.

It’s best to seek treatment for any emotional or psychological suffering as you would with a physical injury so that there are medical records to refer to and which a judge or jury can consider.

If necessary, testimony from the treating doctor or your primary care physician can aid your case. Testimony from family members or work colleagues may also be useful in proving emotional distress.

What type of compensation can I receive in Tennessee?

The compensation you may be awarded in Tennessee includes the following:

  • Reimbursement of all medical bills
  • Lost wages and future lost earnings
  • Property loss or damage
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering

Call Us Before Accepting A Settlement

Many people make the mistake of assuming that their own auto insurance will cover their losses after an accident. In fact, insurance companies are notorious for not paying as much as they should in car accident cases. They may try to make you settle early, on terms favorable to themselves. Without experienced legal representation, you may not get adequate compensation for your losses, including injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If your insurance company or a negligent driver’s insurance company refuses to pay for your property damage or provide the compensation you need for medical care or rehabilitation therapy, we are prepared to advocate for you. Our goal in your case will be to help you recover the maximum available compensation.

Serious Injury And Wrongful Death Cases

Houston & Alexander, PLLC represents people in all types of auto and trucking accident cases, ranging from relatively minor accidents to those resulting in serious injuries and death. Whether you suffered a soft tissue injury, a broken bone, a traumatic brain injury (TBI), or a spinal cord injury, do not rely on your insurance company to voluntarily or readily pay your medical bills and compensate you properly for your losses.

Whatever the nature of your case, we have the skills and determination it takes to recover the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. We will be your strong advocates. We want to help you get the medical care and compensation that will help you rebuild your life.

Request A Free Consultation After An Auto Accident

Contact us online or call our Chattanooga, Tennessee office at 423-267-6715 for a free consultation.

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The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew... I knew I won. If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars. - Antonio
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together. -Colleen
We've been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can't speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He's an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You! - Trish
I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help. - C Pugh
I won't go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts! -Karen A.
My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can't say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough! - Alice
Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny's efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny! - Client
I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else. - Karen M.
I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind. - Kate
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence. I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it. - Colleen
Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down, and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home feeling. With Mrs. Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr. Houston and Mr. Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!! - WARDELL
We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion, we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! He took the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim, and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny. - Tana

TESTIMONIALS

The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew... I knew I won. If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars. - Antonio
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together. -Colleen
We've been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can't speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He's an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You! - Trish
I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help. - C Pugh
I won't go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts! -Karen A.
My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can't say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough! - Alice
Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny's efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny! - Client
I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else. - Karen M.
I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind. - Kate
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence. I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it. - Colleen
Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down, and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home feeling. With Mrs. Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr. Houston and Mr. Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!! - WARDELL
We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion, we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! He took the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim, and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny. - Tana

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