Have you suffered serious injury from a Spring Hill car accident that was not your fault? If so, it is important that the person responsible for the collision—or his or her insurance company—pay for your expenses related to the accident. Spring Hill, Tennessee is located about thirty miles south of Nashville, in Maury and Williamson counties. Between 1975 and 2013, there were 34 fatalities in Spring Hill, resulting from automobile accidents—well below the average for the state of Tennessee. Maury County ranked 21st in overall number of car accidents and 89th in the number of fatal auto accidents. Williamson County ranked 57th in the overall number of car accidents and 95th in the number of fatal auto accidents.
In October 2015, Spring Hill was ranked among the top ten best places to live in the state of Tennessee, primarily due to its low unemployment rates, its high level of graduating high school seniors and an intermediate cost of living. Spring Hill is just 37 minutes away from Nashville, via I-65 South. With commuters going both ways, and a growing economy, there is always the potential for an automobile accident in Spring Hill. Rather than face the consequences of your auto accident on your own, speak to a personal injury attorney sooner, rather than later. Additionally, if you require more detailed information about auto accidents, click here to read our Car Accident Guide. Below you will find some great information regarding auto accidents as well.
How Often do Car Accidents Occur?
Car industry experts estimate the “average” driver will file a claim for a collision approximately once every 17.9 years. This means that, over the course of a lifetime, the average driver will be involved in three to four car accidents. Obviously, not all of these accidents will result in severe injuries or fatality. The National Safety Council estimates that three out of every 1,000 accidents will result in a death. Even if your crash caused no fatalities, it can leave you with serious injuries and significant damage to your vehicle.
Was Your Auto Accident a Minor Annoyance or Catastrophic?
While many car collisions end up being little more than a minor annoyance in which no one is seriously injured and those involved must only deal with having their vehicles repaired, other collisions are catastrophic. Grave injuries may have resulted, changing the lives of those involved in the accident forever. Victims of catastrophic injuries deserve much better than the system provides when they are left with permanent injuries which could require lifelong assistance. Multiple surgical procedures, ongoing rehabilitative therapies and medical expenses which never end can be the result of a catastrophic accident; when your future looks dim, having a skilled personal injury attorney by your side can help you obtain a more positive outcome.
What Compensation Can I Expect Following My Auto Accident?
Of course the compensation you will receive following your car accident will depend on the circumstances surrounding your accident as well as the extent of your injuries. You may be entitled to one or more of the following:
- If you were injured through the negligence of another driver, you will almost certainly be entitled to medical expenses. These expenses can include hospital expenses, charges for the emergency room, surgical expenses, costs for follow-up physician care, rehabilitation costs and the expense of prescription drugs.
- You may be entitled to lost wages if your injuries are severe enough to prevent you from returning to work for weeks, months, years, or forever. Your skilled personal injury attorney will be able to accurately calculate lost wages as well as loss of future income you would have received had your career not been cut short by the negligence of another driver.
- Pain and suffering may be a factor in your accident, although non-economic damages like this are more difficult to prove. One important factor in the award of pain and suffering will be your physician’s assessment of how long your pain can reasonably be expected to continue.
- Mental anguish can also be more difficult to prove than economic losses. Mental anguish is the emotional pain experienced by many victims of auto accidents. Prolonged grief, nervousness, anxiety, embarrassment, depression and fear are common manifestations of this mental anguish.
- When a spouse is deprived of companionship, sexual relations, comfort or affection as a result of the car accident, loss of consortium damages may be awarded.
- Punitive damages, which are meant to be a punishment, may be awarded if the actions of the person who caused your auto accident could be considered malicious or deliberate.
Where are You Most Likely to Experience an Automobile Accident?
According to a Progressive Insurance survey, most accident happen within five miles of the driver’s home. Since most of us do the bulk of our driving close to our home, this is certainly a factor. Others attribute the incidence of increased accidents occurring close to home to the fact that we may become less vigilant in familiar territory. Distracted driving, an ever-increasing problem among drivers, may be even worse when we near our homes. Our minds are focused on what we need to do when we arrive home, what we will have for dinner, which children must be picked up at what time, and on and on. Remaining alert and focused when you get closer to your home is crucial if you want to avoid accidents caused by distraction. To read more about the different types of automobile accidents, click here.
How Do You Prove Negligence?
In order to prove negligence in your car accident, four distinct elements must be proven. You must first show the other driver owed you a duty of care, or that they had an obligation to act in a reasonable, safe manner. Next, you must show the other driver breached his or her duty of care and that breach was responsible for your injuries. Finally, you must be able to show clear evidence of your injuries, whether physical, financial, or mental.
Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help You?
Whatever the cause of your Spring Hill, TN car accident, and whatever the extent of your injuries, getting experienced legal help can make all the difference in the final outcome. The Spring Hill personal injury attorneys at Martinson & Beason, P.C. want to take care of the details of your accident, allowing you time to heal. Our firm has been helping people just like you since 1937. Call us today for a free consultation to find out the many ways we can help you.