Lebanon Car Accidents
Lebanon is only 25 miles outside of Nashville, and many people commute between the two cities for work or entertainment. Lebanon experiences a fair number of car accidents, which is common in any area that has a high volume of cars on the road. Highways 70 and 109 both experience heavy amounts of traffic and unfortunately, are frequent sites of accidents. Additionally, many serious and fatal accidents occur on Interstate 40, which runs through Lebanon and is considered one of the most dangerous roads in the state. Even in heavy traffic, accidents can usually be avoided if people drive in a safe and reasonable manner, and most accidents occur when people drive in a negligent manner, such as driving while texting. If you were involved in a car crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for any property damage or injuries you sustained. Eric Beasley is an experienced Lebanon car accident lawyer, and will work diligently to help you pursue the damages you may be owed.Proving Negligence Under Tennessee Law
Tennessee is a fault state, which means that if a person causes a car accident, he or she can be held liable for any damages caused by the accident. Most lawsuits to recover damages incurred in a car accident allege that the negligence of one or more parties caused the accident. To successfully prove a negligence claim, you must prove that it is more likely than not that the other driver caused the accident. Specifically, you must show that the other driver breached the duty imposed on all drivers to operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner, such as by driving drunk, that the breach was the cause of the accident, and that the harm you sustained resulted directly from the accident. A skilled car accident lawyer serving Lebanon can help you determine whether you can meet the required elements for this kind of claim.Recovering Damages When More Than one Party is Negligent
Many car accidents are not caused solely by one person’s negligence, but by the negligence of multiple people. This is often the case in accidents involving more than two vehicles. When more than one person caused an accident to occur, you may be able to recover damages from any person whose negligence contributed to the accident. Under Tennessee law, when there is more than one defendant found liable in a case arising out of a car accident, each defendant is only severally liable for the percentage of damages that he or she is found to have caused. In other words, if two drivers are found to be liable for causing an accident, and one driver is found to be 30% liable, he or she will only be responsible for paying 30% of the damages awarded. This is true regardless of each defendant’s ability to contribute to the damages awarded.
Car accident cases in which there is more than one defendant can be complicated, as there may be additional claims asserted by the defendants against one another. If you were injured in an accident of this nature, an experienced Lebanon car accident attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and help you pursue damages from all responsible parties. In some multi-vehicle accident cases, the defendants may try to deny liability by alleging the negligence of the injured party caused the crash. Even if a plaintiff is found to be negligent, however, he or she can still recover compensation, as long as his or her negligence is less than 50%. Any damages awarded will be reduced proportionately to the negligence attributed to the plaintiff, however.Consult a Knowledgeable Lebanon Lawyer After a Car Accident
Car accidents can negatively impact both your health and financial security. If you suffered injuries, property damage, or lost a loved one in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages from the negligent party. Attorney Eric Beasley is a knowledgeable accident attorney who can assess the facts of your case and help you determine what your legal rights are. Contact him at (800) 431-2768 or via our online form to schedule a free consultation.