Gallatin Car Accidents
Gallatin offers the best of both a small town and a bigger city. While Gallatin itself is a relatively small city, there are several major highways going into and through Gallatin that experience a substantial amount of traffic. State Route 386, also known as Vietnam Veterans Boulevard, and State Route 109, are heavily traveled roads that run through Gallatin. The United States Highway 31E, also known as Gallatin Road, is the main roadway through Gallatin, and experiences a substantial amount of traffic as well. As with any busy road, State Routes 386 and 109 and Gallatin Road are frequent sites of accidents. While some accidents are unavoidable, many are caused by the negligence of one of the drivers involved. If you suffered injuries, the loss of a loved one, or property damage in an auto collision, you may be able to recover compensation from whoever caused the accident. Eric Beasley is a seasoned Gallatin car accident lawyer with the knowledge and experience needed to help you pursue a favorable result. Mr. Beasley can anticipate hurdles to your recovery, and will work tirelessly to assist you in seeking damages from whoever is responsible for your accident.Actions to Take Following a Car Accident
If you are involved in a car crash in Tennessee, there are laws that dictate the steps you must take following the accident. First, an accident in which either driver or their passengers suffered injury or property damage over $400.00 must be reported within twenty days to the Department of Safety. Following the report of the accident, if you wish to file a lawsuit against the other driver, the applicable statute of limitations depends on the nature of your damages. If you only sustained property damage, you have three years from the date of the accident to file suit. If you suffered injuries in an accident, however, you must file your lawsuit within one year of the date of injury. If you sustained injuries or property damage in an accident, it is wise to consult with an experienced car accident attorney in Gallatin as soon as possible to ensure you do not waive your right to recover by failing to act in a timely manner.Recovering Damages From the Responsible Driver Under Tennessee Law
Tennessee is a "fault" state and imposes liability on the driver responsible for the accident for any damages caused by the accident. Most car accident cases are pursued on a theory of negligence. To set forth a successful negligence claim you must show that the other driver owed you a duty of care to drive in a safe and reasonable manner, he or she breached the duty, perhaps by driving drunk, and the breach was the actual cause of your injuries or property damage. You must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the other driver's negligence caused the accident, which means you must show it is more likely than not that his or her negligence was the cause.
Proving that the other driver's negligence caused your collision is not always as straightforward as it may seem, but a knowledgeable Gallatin car accident lawyer can help. The other driver may argue that it was not his or her negligence that caused the accident, but some other cause, such as inclement weather. In some cases, the other driver will set forth the defense that you were driving unreasonably, perhaps because you were distracted, and that your negligence caused the accident. Even if you are found to have driven negligently, however, you may not be precluded from recovering from the other driver. Under Tennessee's comparative negligence law, if a plaintiff's negligence is less than 50%, he or she may still recover damages. If you are found to be negligent, while you can still recover damages, your award will be reduced relative to the percentage of your negligence.Meet With an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Gallatin
Car accidents can have an overwhelming impact on you physically, emotionally, and financially. If you sustained injuries or property damage in a car accident in Gallatin, you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party. Attorney Eric Beasley has handled numerous car accident cases, and will guide you through each step of the process of pursuing the damages you may be owed. He can be contacted at (800) 431-2768 or via our online form to set up a consultation.