A victim of a motor vehicle accident frequently suffers more than just physical injuries. All too often a victim also experiences emotional trauma and financial hardship following a motor vehicle collision. If you have recently been injured in a Tennessee car accident and you believe that someone else caused or contributed to the collision, you could be entitled to compensation for all the physical, emotional, and financial injuries the accident caused.
At Bennett, Michael & Hornsby, Attorneys at Law, our motor vehicle accident attorneys understand how a motor vehicle accident impacts lives of victims their families. Because of that we are dedicated to ensuring that victims receive the maximum compensation to which they are entitled for the injuries they suffer in a Murfreesboro, Tennessee motor vehicle accident. Contact us today at 615-898-1560 to schedule your free consultation. A few minutes could change your future for the better.
When an Accident Isn’t Really an Accident
Although we commonly refer to motor vehicle collisions as “accidents”, the truth is that more often than not the collision is not truly an accident but rather the result of negligence. Negligence is the legal term used to refer to responsibility or fault. When another party’s negligence causes or contributes to a motor vehicle collision, the law holds that party responsible for any injuries that result from that negligence. Tennessee uses a comparative negligence doctrine, meaning that the other party does not have to be completely at fault in the collision for a victim to be entitled to compensation for injuries. In other words, even if you were partially at fault in the crash you could still be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
What Type of Compensation Is A Victim Entitled to in a Motor Vehicle Collision?
As the victim of a motor vehicle collision you could be entitled to compensatory damages in the form of both economic and non-economic damages. In certain circumstances, such as being hit by a drunk driver, you could even be entitled to punitive damages. Compensatory damages are intended to compensate you for actual medical expenses or lost wages, for example, whereas punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter such negligent conduct in the future.
Economic damages are easy to calculate as they include things such as the cost of repairs to your vehicle, your medical bills, and lost wages from your job. Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate. These are what many people refer to as “pain and suffering” damages as they are intended to reflect the value of the emotional trauma a victim suffered as a result of the collision.
Punitive damages are not as commonly awarded because a victim must show that the defendant’s actions were intentional, malicious, or reckless before punitive damages can be considered as part of an award or settlement. When punitive damages are awarded, however, the amount can be substantial.
At Bennett | Michael | Hornsby, Attorneys at Law we are committed to ensuring that you are fully and fairly compensated for all injuries you suffered in a Murfreesboro, Tennessee motor vehicle accident. Contact our Murfreesboro, Tennessee motor vehicle accident attorneys today at 615-898-1560 to schedule a free evaluation of your case. Although we cannot turn back the clock and prevent the collision that caused your suffering, we can ensure that the responsible party is held accountable and that you are fully and fairly compensated for your injuries.