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Car Accident Attorneys Chattanooga Depends On
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To an insurance company, you’re just another claim number. When you’ve been involved in a car accident in Chattanooga, you deserve legal representation that puts your needs first.  

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We have tirelessly represented people injured or killed by the negligence of others for more than 40 years. Comprehensive legal representation is a right owed to everyone. That's why we provide our services on a contingency fee basis. You don’t pay until we win.
Why Choose Montlick?

Acting With Integrity

Even with 40 years of growth, our founding goals remain the same: Montlick attorneys will always empower and improve our community while operating in a manner that allows every client to know and trust their legal team. That’s the Montlick way.

Fighting With Ferocity

We take on insurance companies and work tirelessly to recover the money you need for your medical treatments, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. We never represent big corporations and we never forget who we’re fighting for: you. That’s the kind of legal help we have provided for decades.

The IRC found that 85% of all money paid out in insurance settlements for bodily injury claims is paid to people who hire an attorney. As medical bills and financial burdens begin piling up, you may worry about how you will care for yourself and your family after a car accident. On top of that, you’re in pain, and you’re fielding calls from predatory insurance companies and scammers trying to talk you into settling for less than you deserve. There’s so much to do in the aftermath of an accident and it can be extremely stressful — but Montlick is here to help. Our Chattanooga car accident lawyers will fight fiercely for you, your family, and your future. Call Montlick today.

Why Choose Our Chattanooga Car Accident Lawyers?

A Reputation That Has Weight.
Caring for our clients is our purpose. Over the past four decades, we have earned our reputation as the firm that wins.

Winning More Than Settlements.
We can’t stop car accidents from happening, but we can help minimize their long-term impact. At Montlick, we win big, restore justice, and bring back your sense of security.

The Powerhouse Firm that Puts You First®

Your best interest will always be our focus. If you have been injured in a car accident in Chattanooga, call 1-800-529-6333 or dial #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone.

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We Fight for Victims of All Kinds of Auto Accidents

Personal injury claims can arise from any auto accident involving negligence. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 6 million car crashes in 2022. Over 3,700 car accident victims lost their lives in Tennessee car crashes alone. Auto accidents are unfortunately very common, and it’s important to know what to do if you’ve been involved in an accident. A car accident lawyer in Chattanooga can help evaluate your damages and aid in your financial recovery.

Chattanooga Car Accident Lawyers

Whether caused by another driver’s negligence, dangerous driving conditions, or a malfunctioning vehicle part, one truth remains: car accidents can be devastating. At Montlick, we take on all kinds of vehicle accident cases. We put our 40 years of experience to work to help ensure victims receive full and fair compensation for their injuries. Our car accident claims include:

Chattanooga Rear End Crash Lawyer

Rear-end accidents account for 29% of all car accidents resulting in serious injury. If you have been injured in a rear-end accident, our car accident lawyers at Montlick can help, starting with a free consultation. These collisions are typically the result of negligent driving. Generally, any driver who rear-ends another car is considered the responsible party. However, there can be exceptions, including:

  • The forward driver brakes suddenly and unexpectedly, without good cause
  • The brakes on the rear driver’s vehicle are defective
  • The tail lights/brake lights on the forward vehicle are broken
  • The forward driver causes the accident by turning directly in front of the rear driver in a negligent manner or lane-changing in front of the rear driver
  • The forward driver backs into the rear driver’s vehicle

Chattanooga Defective Vehicle Component Lawyer

In 2022, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued 932 vehicle safety recalls affecting more than 30.8 million vehicles in the United States. Still, millions of vehicle recalls still go unrepaired or unaddressed every year. When you purchase a car, you trust that the car is designed with consumer’s safety as a top priority. However, thousands of people are still injured and killed in car accidents every year as a result of defective auto products. If you’ve been injured due to a defective vehicle, it’s essential to call a car accident attorney as soon as possible to begin your financial recovery and even raise awareness of the defect for other car owners.

The top 5 most recalled car brands from the past 10 years over a projected 30-year lifespan are:

  • Tesla Model Y
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Tesla Model X
  • Tesla Model S

Chattanooga Drunk Driving Victim Lawyers

One of the most traumatic types of car accidents involves drunk drivers. Drunk driving accidents are especially dangerous and can result in severe injuries or even death. Our attorneys have extensive experience with drunk driving cases. We understand what it takes to establish liability and maximize compensation for victims. We will fight fiercely to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions and that victims receive the justice they deserve.

Chattanooga Bus Accident Lawyers

Bus accidents usually involve multiple parties and can be complex. Our Chattanooga bus accident attorneys are fully equipped to handle bus accident cases involving personal injury claims against private companies, public agencies, governmental entities and others on behalf of injured drivers, passengers or pedestrians who were hurt as a result of negligent bus accidents.
The most common types of bus accidents are:

  • Driver error accounts for as many as 85% of all bus accidents. Fatigue is unfortunately one of the most common forms of driver error. Overworked drivers, poor sleeping habits, navigating heavy traffic, meeting tight scheduling deadlines, making unanticipated route changes, and dealing with stressful customers can all contribute to driver error, resulting in a potentially deadly accident.
  • Driver negligence such as changing lanes improperly, veering off the road, failure to yield the right of way and exceeding the speed limit with failure to yield the right-of-way cause accidents on Tennessee roads
  • Mechanical failures occur in buses and large commercial trucks. Defective tires or brakes or poor maintenance can cause a dangerous situation that directly causes a bus accident.
  • Roof failure. In 15-passenger vans especially, roof crush results in 41 percent of deaths during a rollover. Bus roofs must meet all federal regulations including that the roof must sustain no more than five inches of roof crush while supporting one and a half times the weight of the vehicle.
  • Road conditions such as weather, animals or road construction compromise the safety of the roadways. When poor road maintenance is responsible for a bus accident then a governmental entity may be held responsible. In the same way, if the road is poorly designed (sharp curves, dangerous merging lanes, etc.) negligence on the part of a governmental agency could be claimed.
  • Unsafe seatbelts. Studies show that the addition of lap belts in large buses would be unlikely to reduce injuries in a head-on crash. The same studies indicate that adding lap belts might even cause additional injures such as abdominal or neck injuries, particularly in children.

Chattanooga Rideshare Accident Lawyers

What do you do if you’re a rider in a rideshare vehicle that gets into an accident? Or if you’re a rideshare or delivery driver on the clock and your car gets hit by another driver? Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular over the past few years and our attorneys at Montlick understand how to navigate the evolving landscape of rideshare accident laws and protocol. Whether you’re a driver or passenger, we can navigate insurance coverage issues and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Steps to Take After Being Injured in a Car Accident in Chattanooga

The first moments after a car accident are crucial. If you are safely able, remember to:

Seek Medical Attention
Even if you don’t feel injured, receiving a medical evaluation as soon as possible is critical because some injuries may not manifest until hours or days later.

Document the Scene
Make sure to document the scene of the accident and take pictures of your car and any other cars involved in the incident. Take note of road conditions, traffic signals, weather conditions, and anything else that might help prove who was at fault in the accident.

Collect Evidence
Collect information from all parties involved in the accident, including insurance details, contact information of witnesses, and any other relevant information. In the coming weeks, document everything related to the accident, such as receipts for medical expenses, repair costs, rental cars or taxis taken due to injury or damage caused by the accident, etc. Keep detailed records of communication with insurance companies and lawyers so that you have proof of when certain steps were taken in filing a lawsuit or negotiating a settlement offer.

If this sounds like a lot to keep track of while trying to heal, that’s because it is. And that’s why Montlick is here, to handle all the complicated aspects of your case so you can focus on healing.

Actions to Avoid After A Car Accident in Chattanooga

In the aftermath of an accident, emotions can run high from both parties but it’s important to remain level-headed. Actions to especially avoid after a car accident include:

  • Do not argue with other drivers and passengers.
  • Save your story for the police and your insurance company.
  • Do not sign statements regarding fault or promise to pay for the other party’s damages.
  • If the other party offers to pay your deductible, don’t sign anything.
  • You must show your driver’s license, vehicle registration card, evidence of financial responsibility, and current address to the other driver or persons involved, or to a peace officer.

Contact Montlick Injury Attorneys
When clients come to us after a car accident that has resulted in injury, we sympathize with the physical, financial, and emotional stress they’re dealing with. While nothing can truly compensate for how a car accident injury changes your life, in cases of negligence, the law can provide financial recourse for lost wages, medical care, pain and suffering, and more. The sooner you contact us for a free case evaluation, the better off your case will be.

The Best Evidence to Strengthen Your Car Crash Claim

In a car crash claim, it’s important to have records that back up your claims. Certain items that insurance companies, the separate party, and potentially courts will be looking for include:

  • Police report. The report will often include evidence that shows who was involved in the crash and dictate the actions the at-fault party performed, which caused the crash. (However, even if you were cited in the police report, that does not necessarily mean you don’t have a legitimate case).
  • Proof of negligence. Whether from a witness testimony or dash camera, proving the at-fault party’s negligence will be vital in your claim. Some examples of negligent driving include driving while intoxicated, being on a mobile device, or not having both hands free while driving.
  • Proof that the driver’s negligence caused your injuries.
  • Proof that you were hurt. Medical records from emergency services and/or doctor’s visits help prove all the damages that you sustained.

What Could My Car Accident Settlement Pay For?

Montlick Injury Attorneys can help you understand what types of compensation you may be entitled to receive after an injury-causing crash. Our team is dedicated to helping personal injury victims recover maximum compensation so they can move forward with their lives following an unexpected tragedy.

Damages that could be available include:

  • Economic Damages: These damages are intended to reimburse a victim for money lost due to their injuries. This includes medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and any other monetary loss caused by the accident.
  • Non-economic Damages: These damages are designed to compensate victims for intangible losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
  • Punitive Damages: In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded if the responsible party is found to have been particularly negligent or reckless in causing the accident. Punitive damages are intended to punish wrongdoers and discourage others from similar behavior in the future.
  • Wrongful Death: If a loved one has died due to a car accident caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, their family may be able to pursue wrongful death damages from the responsible parties. These damages include medical expenses incurred before death, funeral costs, loss of companionship and support provided by the deceased person, and more.

These are just a few of the potential damages that Montlick may be able to recover on your behalf. If you have been injured in an auto accident involving negligence, contact us to learn about your rights and what steps are necessary to protect those rights.

We Win Big for Car Accident Victims

We believe comprehensive legal representation is a right, not a privilege. That’s why we provide our services on a contingency fee basis. You only pay when we win, and winning is what we do best. Past results include:

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We never forget who we’re fighting for: you. We never represent insurance companies, government organizations, or corporations. If you have been injured in a car accident in Chattanooga call 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or dial #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone

You don’t have to do this alone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding Personal Injury Law in Chattanooga

Is Tennessee a Modified Comparative Negligence State?

Yes, Tennessee follows a modified comparative negligence system when determining who is at fault for an automobile accident and how much compensation they owe as a result. Under this system, each party involved in an accident is assigned a percentage of liability based on their contribution to causing it. If one party is determined to be more than 50% responsible for causing an accident, then they are
deemed negligent and may be required to pay damages accordingly.

Why does the modified comparative negligence rule matter?

When you’ve been injured and make a claim for compensation, the insurance company (even your own) will most likely begin building a case against you. Insurance companies are businesses with bottom lines, and they will often do everything in their power to avoid paying the money you deserve. The 50% threshold for the modified comparative negligence rule allows some flexibility for those who may have played a part in their injury. However, if you’re found to be more than 50% at fault, it could be the difference between obtaining the compensation you deserve or receiving nothing.

What Happens if Multiple Parties are Partially Responsible?

If multiple parties are found partially responsible for an incident (i.e., neither party is more than 50% responsible), then their liability will generally be weighed against one another depending on their respective fault percentages. For example, if one driver was 20% responsible while another was 80%, then only 80% of any award would go towards compensating that second driver’s losses resulting from the crash. Understanding these concepts can help inform your decisions when filing a claim after being involved in a car accident in Chattanooga.

What is The Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Cases in Chattanooga?

A “statute of limitations” is a state law that sets a strict time limit on your right to bring a lawsuit to court. In Tennessee, there are a few different lawsuit filing rules that could come into play after a vehicle accident.

  • If you’ve been a victim of a car accident and have suffered injuries, you must generally file a lawsuit against the person who allegedly caused the accident within one year according to TN Code § 28-3-104 (2021).
  • If the car accident caused someone’s death, and their family or a representative wants to bring a wrongful death claim, that case is usually subject to the same one-year filing deadline. An exception is that for wrongful death cases, the timeline generally begins on the day of the accident victim’s death, which may happen later than the date of the accident.
  • If anyone has had their vehicle or other property damaged as a result of a car accident in Tennessee, they must generally file against any potential defendant within three years of the date of the accident according to TN Code § 28-3-105 (2021).

There are exceptions that can shorten or lengthen the deadlines. Additionally, the statute of limitations applies to court proceedings, and it’s important to remember that insurance policies often have their own deadlines. to a car insurance claim. Since car insurance claims are against insurance companies, promptness is of the utmost importance in these circumstances. Any insurance company, whether your own or the other driver’s, will likely require you to report a claim (or at least give the insurer notice of an incident that could potentially necessitate a claim) promptly or within a particular time frame after the accident. That usually means a matter of days, or a few weeks at most, and can be subject to individual company policy terms.

Car accidents are stressful enough. Our car accident attorneys at Montlick are here to handle all these competing notifications and legal deadlines, and all other complexities of your case for you– alleviating the frustrations of this process and bringing you peace of mind.

We Win More than Settlements.

We win the peace-of-mind you need to get your life back.

 

At Montlick, we believe comprehensive legal representation is a right, not a privilege. That’s why we provide our services on a contingency fee basis. You only pay when we win.

Because we can’t stop accidents from happening, we do what we can to help minimize their long-term impact. We put more money in your pocket, where it belongs.