If you’re lucky enough to have walked away from a drunk driving accident caused by someone else, you should also be able to walk away with the money to cover any damages that may have resulted. Medical bills and lost income are just two of the effects an accident like that can have.
For help collecting the compensation you deserve, consider Cory Watson Attorneys. A Nashville drunk driving lawyer on our team can examine your case and will work tirelessly to protect your right to recover damages for your injuries and losses. We can discuss the details of your case and how we can help through a free consultation.
We Want to Help You Recover Maximum Compensation from the Drunk Driver
In a Nashville drunk driving accident, you are able to recover a variety of damages for your losses and injuries. Your injuries may be financial, physical, psychological, or emotional. Financial losses are referred to as economic damages. These are things that cost you money as a result of the car accident. You may be able to recover money for:
- Health care expenses
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Replacement household services
- Home and car modifications for disability
- Property damage repair or replacement
- Other accident-related expenses
Physical, psychological, and emotional injuries are non-economic losses. While they don’t correlate directly to a monetary value, they tend to be much more costly as they measure the impact of the drunk driving accident on your body and your life, not simply your wallet.
You may have paid off your medical bills for a knee surgery that cost $20,000, but what about the loss of the ability to run due to the injury? Who’s going to pay for that? And how much is it actually worth? These are the types of questions non-economic damages try to satisfy. These damages are broadly referred to as “pain and suffering.” You may be able to collect monetary compensation for:
- Emotional distress
- Psychological trauma
- Ongoing physical pain
- Loss of limbs
- Loss of functionality of body parts/organs
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Reduced enjoyment of life
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of companionship or consortium (for loved ones of the victim)
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving Nashville, call 877-562-0000
We’ve Fought for Thousands of Clients and Recovered More than $3 Billion
Our law firm has won more than $3 billion in compensation for injury victims and families since we started nearly four decades ago. We have a reputation of success among our clients and colleagues. Some of our results are:
- $10 million in a wrongful death suit for the family of a mother-of-three who was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
- $25 million verdict against Nissan for faulty brakes that led to the death of three people in a car crash.
- $9 million for the family of a woman who died due to medical malpractice.
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How Are Drunk Drivers in Nashville, Tennessee Held Accountable?
Drunk drivers are recklessly negligent and must be held accountable for their dangerous actions. That’s where our Nashville drunk driving attorneys step in.
Driving intoxicated is a crime in any state. Tennessee is no different. Drunk drivers are prosecuted in criminal court. In addition to violating the Tennessee law, the drunk driver is also legally responsible for paying any damages that he or she caused to victims like you. That means that you are able to file a civil suit against them as well. In fact, the two cases can proceed concurrently, but a lawsuit isn’t typically the first course of action.
Filing an Insurance Claim Against the Drunk Driver’s Liability Car Insurance
Generally, if the drunk driver has the state-mandated car insurance, you would be able to file a personal injury claim against the driver’s insurance policy for your damages. Tennessee requires drivers to maintain the minimum coverage below:
- $25,000 for bodily injury or death per person
- $50,000 for total bodily injury or death per car accident
- $15,000 for property damage per car accident
Filing a Claim with Your Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage
If the negligent driver does not have sufficient coverage to provide for your damages, or no coverage at all, a personal injury lawyer at our law office can help you file a claim with your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. The coverage here is similar to the third-party party liability insurance drivers are expected to have and it covers medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, and pain and suffering.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit Against the Drunk Driver in Nashville
Regardless of whether the at-fault driver has insurance, he or she is still liable for your injuries and losses. In other words, you still have the right to sue them in court. A Nashville accident injury attorney on our team can help you determine if filing a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver is the right choice for your case. In addition to your economic and non-economic damages, you may also be entitled to receive punitive damages from the court to punish the drunk driver. You may need to file a lawsuit against the drunk driver personally if:
- The drunk driver’s liability insurance does not cover the full extent of your economic and/or pain and suffering damages
- The driver does not have any insurance and you do not have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
- Your uninsured/underinsured motorist protection doesn’t cover all your losses
- Your insurance company denies your claim or won’t pay your UM/UIM for what you are entitled to
- The at-fault driver’s insurance company won’t pay your claim for what you deserve
Our drunk driving accident attorneys serving Nashville can also help you file a lawsuit against the insurance company if they refuse to pay what you rightly deserve.
If you intend to file a civil suit against the drunk driver for personal injuries, you may benefit from the conclusion of the criminal case. A conviction in the criminal case can be used as evidence of the driver’s fault and guilt in your Nashville personal injury lawsuit. The accident injury lawyers at our firm and the prosecutors in the criminal case may be able to work together to share evidence and information that would benefit both their case and ours.
Get the Justice You Deserve with Cory Watson Attorneys
Cory Watson Attorneys is dedicated to helping car accident victims get justice. If you or a loved one was injured in a drunk driving accident, call us for legal assistance.
A Nashville drunk driving lawyer at our firm will put in the necessary time and effort to get you the compensation you and your family need and deserve. Contact us today for a free case review.