Hartsoe Law Firm is dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation to individuals in Knoxville and elsewhere in Tennessee who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Knoxville car accident lawyer Mark Hartsoe has decades of experience handling a broad range of legal claims, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice and products liability. If you have been injured as a result of the negligent conduct of another person, Mr. Hartsoe has the skills and experience as a Knoxville car accident attorney to help you seek the compensation to which you are entitled by law.
Tennessee Law Holds Drivers Accountable For Their Actions
In Tennessee, as elsewhere, drivers are required by law to exercise reasonable care when operating their vehicles. This duty extends not only to other drivers on the road, but also to bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. A driver who is careless-perhaps due to operating a GPS device, adjusting the radio, texting, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol-is liable for any foreseeable injuries his carelessness causes to others. To establish liability in a car accident case, a plaintiff must prove (1) the defendant breached a duty of reasonable care owed to the plaintiff, (2) and that the defendant's breach of duty was the legal cause of the plaintiff's injuries. An experienced Knoxville car accident lawyer can help you prove each element of your claim to a judge or jury. Mr. Hartsoe has been repeatedly selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer since 2006, which puts him in the top 5% of attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, as evaluated by Law and Politics Magazine.
If you succeed on your Tennessee personal injury lawsuit, you may be entitled to recover for past and future medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and permanent or disfiguring injuries. In rare circumstances, where the defendant's conduct constitutes recklessness or gross negligence, you may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer (rather than compensate the injured party) and are available only when the defendant acted in a particularly egregious manner. Skilled Knoxville car accident attorney Mark Hartsoe can help you understand what damages are available to you based on the specific facts of your case, and he can build a strong case on your behalf.
If your close family member died in a car accident due to someone else's fault, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Tennessee law permits the spouse or children of a deceased person-or if there are none, then the person's estate-to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek damages from the person or persons who caused the death. Under Tennessee Code Annotated § 20-5-113, damages recoverable in a wrongful death suit may include mental and physical suffering, loss of time, and necessary expenses resulting to the deceased from the personal injuries, as well as assorted other damages. A knowledgeable Knoxville car accident lawyer can help you maximize your recovery to cover the costs associated with the accident.
Truck and Motorcycle Accidents in Tennessee
Truck accidents present many similar issues to car accidents but are often significantly more complex. Commercial trucks are often transporting goods for one company, driven by independent contractors, and may involve several other parties as well. Some or all of these parties may be liable for causing, or contributing to, the truck accident. Further, truckers may be subject to both federal and state regulations, and an experienced Knoxville truck accident lawyer can help you identify all responsible parties and hold them accountable for your injuries. There are strict laws governing how many hours a truck driver may work, and truck driver fatigue is one common cause of truck accidents in Tennessee. Other reasons for a truck accident include improper balancing or loading, faulty brakes, distracted driving, and excessively wide turns.
On the opposite end of the vehicle size spectrum are motorcycles. These small but powerful vehicles are uniquely vulnerable on Tennessee roads and highways. Motorcycles tend to be less visible to other vehicles, and motorcycle accidents often involve catastrophic or fatal injuries. Despite their small size, motorcycles are subject to the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers on the road, and the failure of a driver to exercise reasonable care toward motorcyclists can impose liability for any resulting injuries.
Entrust Hartsoe Law Firm With Your Legal Case
Mr. Hartsoe is committed to helping victims of car accidents and other types of accidents in Knoxville, Maryville, and elsewhere in Tennessee. He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his excellence in legal practice. For example, he was certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his multiple cases that resulted in verdicts or settlements in excess of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00). This places him among the top 1% of U.S. lawyers, and the Forum is recognized as the most prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States. He is a member of numerous local and state associations and organizations, and he is actively involved in various aspects of the Knoxville and Maryville communities.
For an experienced and skilled legal advocate you can trust, contact Hartsoe Law Firm. Knoxville car accident attorney Mark Hartsoe will see that your case receives the attention and resources it deserves, and he will work tirelessly to see that you get the maximum compensation to which are entitled by law. Call now at 865-524-5657, or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.
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