Injured Passengers

Car Accident Lawyer Representing Victims in Maryville and East Tennessee

Car accidents may cause catastrophic injuries to passengers. These injuries may include spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, amputations, burns, and disfigurement. After a serious accident in East Tennessee, insurance adjustors for the driver of your car or another car involved in the crash may try to get you to accept a lowball settlement. It is important to consult Maryville car accident attorney Mark Hartsoe to determine whether you may have a basis for a claim. At the Hartsoe Law Firm, we can help injured passengers evaluate their options, and we can represent them in lawsuits against any drivers responsible for their injuries.

Pursuing Damages for Injured Passengers

In many cases, you may sue the driver of the car in which you were riding, the driver of another vehicle, or both. To establish liability, you will probably need to show that the defendant was negligent. This means that you will need to prove that the driver failed to drive safely under the circumstances and that their negligent actions caused the wreck and your injuries. Insurance policies prohibit you from bringing a claim against the driver if you are a member of the same “household.”

Sometimes negligence by multiple drivers causes a car accident. Tennessee only requires a defendant to pay an amount of damages that is equal to their degree of fault. The jury will assign percentages of fault to the parties involved, and a plaintiff's damages will be reduced by an amount equal to their assigned percentage of fault. It is rare for an injured passenger to be even slightly at fault for a crash. However, in many cases, both drivers involved in an accident bear some responsibility for the outcome. You will only be able to recover compensation from parties that are found to be at fault. Often, discovery during the litigation process sheds more light on who was responsible for an accident and why. Therefore, it is important to pursue claims against all of the parties that may have been responsible.

As an injured passenger, you may be able to recover your economic and noneconomic damages, including medical expenses, property damage, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost enjoyment of life. Maryville car accident lawyer Mark Hartsoe will help you bring a claim to recover all of the damages and losses you have sustained. His extensive experience representing injured parties will make the difference in your case. For example, there may be activities that you were able to do before the crash that you are not able to do afterward. Mark Hartsoe will try to gather this information so that he can present testimony to show how deeply you have been affected by your injuries.

Contact Maryville Attorney Mark Hartsoe Following a Car Accident

If you have been injured with someone else at the wheel, Maryville car accident lawyer Mark Hartsoe can evaluate your situation and provide aggressive representation. Call the Hartsoe Law Firm at 865-804-1011 or contact us via our online form to schedule a free consultation. Hartsoe represents injured people who need a motor vehicle collision attorney throughout East Tennessee, including in Blount, Knox, Monroe, Loudon, Jefferson, Grainger, Cocke, Campbell, Hamblen, Greene, Anderson, Cumberland, and Fentress Counties.

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Mark: We would like to thank you for all the hard work you put in winning our medical malpractice lawsuit. The money we were awarded will certainly change our lives. The fact that you never treated us like clients but instead like friends meant so much to us. Again from our hearts we say thank you. Client
The Peroulas family and I deeply appreciate your help and expertise. Although I am certain that it would have been most enjoyable to work with you on the trial, my clients are happy with what they and I believe to be a very favorable settlement, thanks in large part to your guidance. James S. Tipton, Jr.
We appreciate the great job that you did on our case. You watched out for our interest even before you took our case. Mark Hartsoe did a wonderful job. He showed great expertise as he went up against a multi-national corporation with multiple lawyers. He had a thorough understanding of the many details and events that occurred. We were especially impressed with his skill during mediation. Mark’s PowerPoint presentation was excellent, overwhelming the opposition. It was refreshing to work with someone who does what he says he will and truly had our best interest in mind. Thank you for everything. Dennis and Julie Greene
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We would very much appreciate it if you would be so kind as to e-mail to our office the Powerpoint presentation that you made at the commencement of the mediation. Our General Manger was very impressed and would like to show it to the CEO and may in turn show it to other corporate personnel as an example of what can happen to the same or similar case when placed in the hands of an excellent lawyer such as Mark Hartsoe. William T. Wray