Davidson County and its beautiful, rapidly growing county seat, Nashville, are known as the center of the country music scene. In fact, Nashville is called the Music City because it is home to musicians of many genres, such as Jack White, Cheryl Crow, and Ben Folds. Like other places with a bustling nightlife, Nashville sees its fair share of motor vehicle collisions. If you have been seriously injured due to a driver’s carelessness or another type of negligence, a trustworthy Davidson County personal injury lawyer can look into all available sources of compensation and advocate on your behalf. Matt Hardin pursues personal injury and wrongful death actions for individuals who have been hurt in car wrecks, truck wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, and medical malpractice in Goodlettsville, Green Hills, Belle Meade, and Nashville, as well as elsewhere in Davidson County and Tennessee.
At Matt Hardin Law, our legal team knows how devastating the aftermath of car and truck accidents can be for victims and their families. That’s why we’re dedicated to making sure people who were hurt through no fault of their own are fairly compensated for their accident-related expenses, including their medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, and pain and suffering.
If you were hurt in a car accident, you can count on us to gather evidence and help prove the other driver’s negligence. Then, we’ll analyze your total financial burden from the accident, including your current and future medical bills and lost wages. With that information in hand, we’ll send a demand letter to the insurance company asking for a fair settlement for you and your family.
Truck accidents can cause catastrophic, life-changing, and often life-threatening injuries to drivers and their passengers. Our attorneys know that victims of truck accidents often face long roads to recovery, and we believe that victims should never have to face financial burdens—especially when the accident was caused by a negligent truck driver, owner, or company. The personal injury lawyers at Matt Hardin Law are dedicated to representing victims in Davidson County, we know truck accident laws in Tennessee, and we know how to build winning claims.
To recover compensation for a defendant’s careless actions in Tennessee, you probably will choose to file a negligence claim. This means that you must prove four elements: that the defendant owed you a duty to act with reasonable care, that the defendant violated the duty of care, that the defendant’s careless conduct caused your injuries, and that you incurred damages as a result of the injuries.
Perhaps you are concerned that you may have been partly at fault for the harm that you suffered. However, people whose own carelessness contributed to their injuries should be aware that Tennessee courts follow a modified comparative fault rule. A defendant trying to escape the consequences of their actions may argue that you are partly to blame for the accident and resulting damages. After the evidence is presented, the jury will decide how much each of you was to blame.
If the jury decides that you are 50 percent or more at fault for your injuries, you are not entitled to recover any money from the defendant. As long as the jury finds that you are only 49 percent or less at fault, however, you will be able to recover a percentage of damages that is proportionate to the defendant’s fault. For example, if the jury awards $100,000 but allocates your percentage of fault as 15 percent, you can recover $85,000 in damages.
What if multiple people are at fault? In Tennessee each defendant held liable has a right of contribution from other liable defendants except in specific circumstances, such as when they acted intentionally to harm or kill someone. This right is designed to provide reimbursement for a defendant who has paid more than his or her proportionate share of a liability shared with others.
One reason to retain a skilled personal injury attorney is the principle of comparative fault. After an accident in Davidson County, the insurer for the defendant may try to convince you that you are more at fault than you actually are to avoid paying you. A dedicated attorney can hire experts and reconstruct what happened, using all available strategies to make sure you can pursue the greatest possible compensation. Schedule a free consultation with experienced Nashville personal injuries attorney Matt Hardin by calling 615-200-1111 or sending a message through our online form. We serve clients throughout Davidson County, including Belle Meade, Hermitage, Madison, and Nashville, as well as elsewhere in the state.