As anyone who has rented a rental car knows, figuring out who would be responsible for providing insurance coverage in the event of an accident can be very tricky. Most drivers will already be insured under their own private automobile insurance policies, but it can be unclear whether those policies extend to rental cars. Rental agencies often offer their own insurance, but often at a hefty price that can leave drivers uncertain whether the offer is genuine or merely a revenue-generating tactic. A recent case before the Tennessee Court of Appeals looks at liability and the payment of damages when accidents occur in rental cars.
In 2010, there were nearly 300,000 instances of drunk driving in the United States every day. Despite anti-drunk driving initiatives by groups like MADD, fatal accidents where one or more drivers had alcohol in their systems remain all too high. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, then a car accident attorney in Nashville can help you get the compensation you are due for your pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. The Law Office of Eric Beasley helps victims of drunk driving accidents seek justice against the irresponsible driver or against the person who sold alcohol to the drunk driver.
How to determine who is responsible for your injuries
In Tennessee, the drunk driver can be held liable for any injuries caused by his or her irresponsible behavior. In addition, the person who sold alcohol to the driver may also be held responsible in one of the following two situations:
Auto accidents can happen to even the most cautious drivers. Maybe another driver ran a red light and hit you; maybe a multi-vehicle accident has left insurance coverage in question. These are just two examples of the types of auto accident cases taken on by the Nashville Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Eric Beasley.
How a Nashville Accident Attorney Can Help
You might not know what to expect the first time you visit a lawyer’s office. To start with, you’ll be asked to describe the situation you’re concerned about. This interview will take place before any papers are signed so you won’t be held to any obligation if the Nashville Accident Lawyer is unable to assist. You’ll also be informed of steps involved in filing a car accident claim. This will give you an idea of how quickly your case can be resolved. If everything is agreeable to you, a contract will be available for you to sign. You’ll receive a copy of the document for your own records; it is part of your attorney’s legal responsibility to provide you with a copy of the contract so you can refer back to it in the future.
A 62-year-old man who was charged with DUI after rear-ending a another vehicle in Bellevue on September 5 has been released on bond. The crash occurred when the suspect rear-ended a Suburban that was stopped at a red light. The impact totaled the Suburban, and the driver was treated for minor injuries. According to police, the suspect has been charged in three previous alcohol-related crashes in Nashville.
Alcohol-related accidents can cause serious injuries to the victims. An auto accident lawyer can help injury victims seek compensation to pay their medical bills, repair their damaged vehicles, and make up for time missed from work. Some common auto accident injuries include:
- Neck / back injuries
In an ironic twist, a woman charged with her third DUI crashed through the front of the office of a drunk driving defense lawyer early Friday morning. Murfreesboro police said the woman was drunk when she drove her Volkswagen over the sidewalk and into the lawyer’s office on Church Street, around 2 A.M. It was reported that the driver fled the scene in her wrecked car before it eventually broke down on Medical Center Parkway, where the driver and female passenger abandoned the car. Eye witnesses were able to identify the driver and when she failed sobriety tests, she was taken into custody.
The lawyer, who practices DUI defense estimated the damage to her historic law office to be about $30,000, but said it could have been worse. Thankfully, the crash did not occur during the middle of the day when she had an office full of staff and clients when one or more people could have been injured or even killed, inside or outside the building. More often than not, that is the case and that’s when an attorney who specializes in personal injury and car accidents is much needed.
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