At Balestrini, Barnes, Jaber & Wood, PLLC, we help people fix problems. One problem that can ruin anyone’s day is a car wreck. The shock, talking to the police, watching your car get hauled away and maybe taking a trip to the hospital: regardless of what you were doing that day it just got put on hold. Now imagine it’s a serious car accident and you’ve been severely injured. Do you really want to talk to an insurance adjuster by yourself the day after the wreck? Of course not. When you want peace of mind and the maximum recovery call us. We’ve helped dozens of car accident victims reach a full recovery and put their life back together.
There's no such thing as a “simple car accident” case. The moment you hear the crunch of metal and the shatter of glass, your life has entered a difficult period. You have medical bills, lost wages, car repairs, and other expenses. You need help from a lawyer fast, not the insurance company runaround. If you have been injured in a car wreck in Memphis, don’t go it alone, let our car accident law firm help you. We are experienced at handling car accident cases from beginning to end and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Protect your rights by speaking to a lawyer first. Insurance companies have become very good at contacting car accident victims quickly after the event. It’s their belief that quick contact helps them settle cases faster and that somehow this is beneficial to you. In reality, they push for a quick settlement before the victim even realizes the value of the losses they have incurred or the severity of their injury.
Our car accident law firm works with investigators and accident re-constructionists to determine how the car accident happened. If the case involves serious injuries, we’ll work with your doctor or other medical specialists to learn what medical care and services you will need for full recovery. We’ll also calculate your lost wages and attempt to place a value on your pain and suffering for inclusion in our compensation demand. From start to finish, the our law firm has your interests at heart.
What can a lawyer do?
You need to sit down and seek the advice of an attorney. For car accidents, Balestrini, Barnes, Jaber & Wood, PLLC, offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We can advise you on the likelihood of recovery for your accident. In most car accident cases, an attorney can drastically increase the amount of your total award.
It is very common for adjusters to reach out to injured parties almost immediately after a car accident. They will want to talk to you before you hire an attorney. They will ask you what happened in the car accident and about your injuries and damages. They are trained to lure you into saying something detrimental to your case. So long as you have not agreed to anything with them, come in and discuss your case. Let us know exactly what was said.
Inappropriate attorney contact
First, they should not have contacted you directly. Attorneys in Tennessee are strictly prohibited from making direct contact with someone whom they believe needs representation. If you have not agreed to representation, great. If you have, call them and let them know that their services are no longer needed. If you’ve paid them anything, ANYTHING, ask for your money back. Attorneys in Tennessee cannot directly solicit a client and charge any fees.
Sticking with a big firm
Having a trusting relationship with your attorney is key. If you are questioning whether your legal needs are being met, then you may want to consider going with another firm. Large law firms have many, many clients. Your attorney may or may not know who you are unless they have your file sitting right in front of them. A smaller firm has fewer cases. While our law firm isn’t small, we don’t take on more cases than we can handle. Our attorneys will recognize you at the grocery store, and say “Hi.” You will be more than a number to us.
Firing an attorney
Yes, you can. We expect to earn our client’s trust. If you have not received that level of satisfaction from your current attorney, you must do a couple things before seeking new counsel. First, you need to write your attorney a letter, not just a phone call, letting them know that their services are no longer needed. The letter should also request a copy of your file and a date on which you will pick it up.
If you were involved in a car accident and a portion of your injuries were caused by a defective product in your car, you may have a secondary case to seek compensation. In recent years, many people have experienced additional injuries during an accident that are caused by the air bag system. Excessive force used during deployment has sent shrapnel into the passenger area, often causing serious injuries. Other defects include stuck acceleration pedals, brake system failures, ignition switches shutting off while in motion, dry rotted tires, and master computer failure while the car is in motion. Many of these items are currently under recall, but this does not absolve the manufacturers from responsibility. Your Memphis car accident attorney will be able to determine if any of your injuries were related to a manufacturer defect, and, if so, if you are entitled to seek compensation.
Causes of car accidents
Most car wrecks are the result of lack of attention and poor defensive driving skills. On the other hand, some car wrecks are almost intentional. Often, those cases may warrant punitive damages.
Distracted driving. Smart phones have been a blessing and a curse. Distracted driving has become the number one cause of car accidents in Tennessee. In most cases, the driver is distracted by their cell phone. However, distractions can also occur when the driver is using the radio or GPS, looking for something in the car seat next to them, avidly talking with passengers, or looking at something on the side of the road.
Unsafe road conditions. Road conditions can change quickly with the weather and lead to driver error. Also, construction zones and traffic jams can also lead to unsafe road conditions and accidents. A careless driver on normal road conditions is a reckless driver during unsafe conditions.
Driving under the influence. Drivers who have been consuming alcohol or other substances can be very dangerous on the road. Decision making and response skills are slow and judgment is impaired. Too many car accidents occur when one driver is under the influence.
Reckless driving. The driver of the other car may have operated their vehicle with complete disregard to the safety of other cars on the road. This could include weaving in and out of traffic, excessive speeds, or even dangerous turns, and, of course, the infamous brake check.
Malfunctioning equipment. Sometimes an accident occurs due to a manufacturers defect in the automobile. Of course, there are many other reasons that an accident can occur, and if you were injured in an employer vehicle, you may also be eligible for worker’s compensation.
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