Finding The Way Forward For You

Finding The Way Forward For You

Were You Hurt In A Car Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision or other type of car, truck or SUV accident in Tennessee, you may be confused and overwhelmed about your next step. When you suffer injuries due to the negligence of another, the law may entitle you to compensation.

The Resources Necessary To Help You After An Auto Accident

We understand that various types of vehicle accidents involve different legal and technical issues. However, what they have in common is their ability to cause serious injury and economic devastation to you and your family. For this reason, we at The Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC, have assembled an experienced team of attorneys, medical advisors, investigators and accountants ready to tackle any kind of vehicle collision or accident:

  • Car accidents — Our attorneys have years of experience reconstructing car crashes to determine what happened and who was at fault.
  • Bicycle accidents — Other drivers often fail to see bikers. Let us help you get the financial assistance you need for your recovery.
  • Truck accidents — Our team combs through maintenance records, cargo manifests and logbooks to determine if regulatory noncompliance or other negligence contributed to a collision with a truck.
  • Motorcycle accidents — Our attorneys are advocates for injured motorcyclists in Tennessee. We know how to address the head and neck injuries frequently caused when motorists hit motorcycle drivers and riders.
  • Pedestrian accidents When pedestrians are hit, the injuries are often much more serious than when a victim is protected by their car. We can help with your recovery.
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist accidents — We know how to identify all available sources of compensation when you have been injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver.

No matter what type of motor vehicle accident you were injured in or what caused it, we can build a strong case that helps you.

What Are The Leading Causes Of Car Accidents?

Very few car collisions accurately can be called accidents. Even though it is often not immediately apparent, car crashes nearly always come about because someone failed to obey the law or apply reasonable care. Determining the cause of car accidents and the person or entity responsible for that cause is an essential step to getting compensation for injured victims in Clarksville. No matter how serious your injuries, if you cannot show they were caused by the negligence of another, you are not likely to recover compensation.

That is why our attorneys at the Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC conduct a thorough physical investigation of every case we take. We review police reports, contact witnesses, examine the accident scene and consult with qualified experts to reconstruct the seconds leading up to your car wreck in Tennessee.

Driver conduct that commonly causes collisions

In most cases, driver conduct is the ultimate cause of car accidents. When this conduct amounts to a violation of traffic or other laws, it can be very strong evidence of liability. However conduct doesn’t necessarily have to be illegal to constitute negligence. These factors may also contribute:

  • Failing to obey traffic controls
  • Excessive speed
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Distracted driving
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Failure to check mirrors and blind spots

Tennessee uses comparative negligence systems in slightly different ways. This means that even if you were partially at fault in your accident, it does not necessarily bar you from recovering compensation. However, it may be reduced to reflect your share of the fault. Therefore, even if you contributed to the cause of your car wreck, it is still important to speak to an experienced Clarksville attorney right way.

Third-party conduct that commonly causes accidents

Sometimes, the cause of a car accident may rest with someone who was not even directly involved. Poor road design or maintenance, overgrown vegetation along roadways and defects in the design and construction of one of the involved vehicles can also contribute. At the Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC, we fully investigate every reasonable avenue of recovery and do not rest at a simple settlement with the at-fault driver if our client’s injuries justify a greater recovery. We have had great success pursuing compensation from municipalities, property owners and vehicle manufacturers on behalf of our injured clients in the Clarksville area.

Always Ready For Trial

The best settlements for our clients come from our willingness and ability to go to trial. Insurance companies know that our firm’s attorneys do not hesitate to take cases before a jury. This enables us to reach fair settlements without even going to court at times. When insurance companies are unprepared to offer a settlement that serves our clients’ needs, we are always ready for trial.

Decades Of Experience Make A Difference

At The Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC, our attorneys take a thorough and comprehensive approach to establishing your legal claim. We interview witnesses, visit the accident scene, collect medical and physical evidence and work with respected technical experts to reconstruct the accident and compellingly prove the other party’s fault.

Founding attorney Kevin Kennedy understands the challenges that people face after being injured in a car crash. He has been working together with our team of attorneys for decades to provide people with the real help they deserve.

Car Accident Lawyers Serving Clarksville And Throughout Tennessee

For representation that is committed to truly helping you, turn to The Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 931-444-5620 or contact us online.

We take personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means you pay no attorney fees unless we get compensation for you.

Answers To Common Questions About Motor Vehicle Accidents

Auto accidents happen every day. But when it happens to you or a loved one, it is quite overwhelming. You may quickly realize there are multiple issues and a lot you don’t know.

The personal injury attorneys of The Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC, answer some frequently asked questions here to get you started. We can also address your unique situation and specific concerns in a free initial consultation.

Won’t my insurance company handle my car accident claim?

In a state with no-fault insurance, your own insurance company would pay your claim regardless of who caused the crash. Tennessee is an at-fault state. If another driver was chiefly at fault for the crash, you must bring a claim against that individual. In a minor accident, you might resolve this through your own insurance agent or directly with the other driver’s insurer. But, are you sure you’ll get all of the compensation to which you are entitled? If you suffered serious injuries in your car accident, seek legal representation to recover full compensation.

How can a lawyer help me after a car crash?

An insurance company’s first allegiance is to its bottom line. They will try to pay out as little as possible. An attorney – by law and by oath – serves your best interests. An experienced personal injury attorney can:

  • Explain and protect your rights under Tennessee law
  • Make sure your get proper medical treatment
  • Investigate your accident and establish the other driver’s negligence
  • Document and calculate your damages
  • Negotiate the best possible settlement
  • Represent you at trial if the defendant and the insurance company will not admit liability or settle for a fair amount

See our FAQ on personal injury for more insight on how a knowledgeable lawyer can help.

Who is responsible for a rear-end accident?

The driver behind is usually presumed to be at fault. The most common causes of rear-end accidents are tailgating, not paying attention or driving too fast. However, that presumption is not always correct. Did the driver in front of you suddenly break for no reason, abruptly change lanes or “brake check” you in an aggressive manner? Were their brake lights working? Did another car farther ahead cause a chain reaction? If you are accused of causing a rear-end accident, you need an attorney who can oversee a proper investigation or even an accident reconstruction to dispute who was at fault.

What if I was partially at fault for a car accident?

You may still be eligible for compensation. When liability is disputed, a judge or jury assigns a percentage of fault to each driver or pedestrian. Tennessee uses modified comparative fault, aka the 50% rule. As long as your fault is 49% or less, you can be compensated. But if you are found 50% or more at fault, you are not entitled to any damages. Compensation is tied to the percentage of your fault. For example, if you were 20% at fault you could collect 80% of your total damages.

Decades Of Experience Tackling These Questions

Founding attorney Kevin Kennedy brings more than 30 years of experience to your case. He and his accomplished team of trial lawyers have dealt with every motor vehicle accident scenario, including fatal car accidents. We know what steps to take to protect your rights and maximize your recovery. Let us take care of the details so you can focus on healing and getting your life back on track.