If you have questions about your car accident, you’ve come to the right place. At Matt Hardin Law, our Memphis car accident lawyers have helped countless innocent victims in the days following their accidents, and we know that this can be a confusing and frustrating time for your entire family. It’s our goal to take as much stress from the accident off your shoulders so that you can focus on recovering and spending time with your family.
Check out this list of frequently asked questions to help address some of the common concerns we hear from our clients. If you want additional information or explanations about anything related to your car accident or your claim, contact our legal team by dialing (901) 201-4478 or by filling out a free online form. We’re here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Who can be held responsible for my car accident?
The first question you may have after being involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault is who can be held responsible for your accident-related expenses. In most car accidents, there is one clear party that can be held liable, but in some cases, more than one party can be considered at fault, including:
The vast majority of car accidents are caused by negligent drivers who are distracted, breaking the rules of the road, driving while intoxicated, or simply driving in a manner that isn’t safe. When the driver is the sole party considered responsible for an accident, he or she can be considered liable for any damages incurred in the accident, including medical bills and lost wages.
The agency responsible for maintaining a roadway
Government agencies on federal, state, and local levels all have some degree of responsibility for keeping roadways safe and well-maintained for drivers. If an accident is caused by a broken, uneven, or unsafe street, highway, or interstate, the government agency in charge of that specific stretch of road may be considered liable for any expenses that resulted from the accident.
The car manufacturer
Car manufacturers generally put their vehicles through rigorous testing to ensure they are safe to drive in a variety of conditions. However, some vehicles can slip through the cracks and into the hands of customers with a variety of malfunctioning components ranging from defective tires and brakes to stuck accelerators and broken steering mechanisms. When accidents occur due to faulty manufacturing processes or equipment, car manufacturers may be held liable for their customers’ expenses.
How much money can I get from a car accident settlement?
The amount of money you can receive from a settlement depends on a variety of factors, such as:
The severity of your injuries
Generally speaking, the more severe your injuries are, the more money you may be eligible to receive. Severe injuries often require longer hospital stays and more extensive physical rehabilitation, which can both add up to become substantial expenses during your recovery process.
The length of time you’re expected to miss work
Car accidents often cause disability and time away from work that can range from a few days to several years. Car accident settlements are designed to get victims like you the money they missed not only at the time of the accident but also any future paychecks they won’t receive due to their injuries.
The damage to your vehicle
You depend on your vehicle for things like getting to and from work, running errands, picking up your children, and all of life’s daily tasks. If it gets severely damaged or totaled in an accident, you deserve compensation for any repair bills. A car accident settlement can provide you with the money you need to get your vehicle running again safely.
How long do I have to file a car accident claim?
In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim is one year after the accident occurred. However, the Memphis car accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law strongly recommend that you get legal help as soon as possible after your accident. The longer you wait, the more evidence may disappear—and that means your attorney may have a more difficult time building a strong claim to help you get full compensation.