Automobile accidents are the most common type of personal injury case filed in the United States. And with little wonder — according to the National Transportation Safety Board, a vehicle accident occurs every 10 seconds in the United States.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in eastern Tennessee, it is important to act promptly to preserve not only evidence, but the integrity of your legal claim. At The Sexton Law Firm, our auto accident team has over 25 years' experience in this area of law and a respected reputation you can count on. It is our goal to protect your rights and get you the financial compensation you deserve.

What To Do After An Auto Accident

Car accidents can be caused by many different factors — distracted drivers, drunk drivers, speeding, reckless driving, defective vehicles, improper road design. When the negligence of another is responsible for the injuries you sustain in a car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, there are important steps you should take in addition to contacting an experienced personal injury attorney. They include:

  • Calling local law enforcement
  • Getting the other driver's license number, contact and insurance information
  • Getting contact information of any witnesses
  • Taking photographs of skid marks, debris, traffic signals and overall road conditions at the scene of the accident
  • Visiting the emergency room of a local hospital and/or contacting your physician
  • Calling your insurance carrier (but don't give them a statement without first talking to an attorney)
  • Taking photographs of the damage to your automobile before any repairs are made
  • Attending all scheduled medical appointments
  • Keeping track of the number of days missed from work
  • Keeping records of any additional expenses incurred, including medical

Auto Accidents Largely Caused By Negligence

Under the law of negligence, automobile drivers are under a duty to use reasonable care toward any foreseeable victim when operating a vehicle. If a driver fails to use reasonable care, this failure can be the basis of a lawsuit for damages caused by an automobile accident.

Factors used to prove negligence include:

  • Inattentiveness of a driver to other motorists
  • Driving too fast or too slow for the prevailing conditions
  • Disregarding weather, road or traffic conditions
  • Failure to observe traffic signs or signals

In Tennessee, there is a statute of limitations, or time limit, on when certain legal causes of actions can be filed in court. With regard to personal injury suits, such as auto accident lawsuits, a person generally has one year from the time of the injury date to file a personal injury claim.

At The Sexton Law Firm, we can assist you with all of the required legal paperwork to file a lawsuit prior to the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations. To schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney, call us at 865-297-5242, or fill out our online contact form. For your convenience, we have offices in Knoxville and Mount Juliet.