When planning a vacation, being involved in an accident is never something you expect or prepare for. Unfortunately, tourist accidents happen frequently. In the aftermath of a severe injury accident, you may find yourself in unfamiliar surroundings and forced to deal with a traumatic injury, medical treatment, and other issues while you’re far from home.
If you were hurt due to someone else’s negligence while on vacation in another state, you have the same right to compensation as if you were a resident of that state. It is vital to consult with a local experienced injury lawyer to understand the state’s particular negligence laws and statute of limitations for injury claims to make sure your rights are protected.
If you suffered serious injuries as a tourist in East Tennessee, any injury claim will most likely need to be filed in the county where your accident occurred. You need to get help from an attorney who can help you here.
The Terry Law Firm residents both residents of and visitors to Tennessee. Our firm can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Causes of Tourist Accidents in East Tennessee
Some of the most common kinds of tourist accidents in East Tennessee include:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Theme Park Accidents
- Resort and Hotel Accidents
- Gym Accidents
- Concert or Festival Accidents
- Sidewalk or Parking Lot Accidents
- Accidents on the Water
In accidents that occur at specific locations in Tennessee, the type of accident will often dictate liability. For example, if an establishment did not take the proper steps to guarantee the safety of a tourist, then that establishment could possibly be held liable for damages.
In some cases, the negligent party may claim that you were the one at fault for an accident to avoid liability. When there is a dispute about liability, it is important to understand that Tennessee uses a modified comparative fault system in negligence cases. This means that a person can recover damages so long as the fault of the defendant or defendants exceeds their own, which is commonly known as a 50% bar. If you were half or more at fault for your accident, you cannot recover any damages.
When you do receive a jury award, it can still be reduced by your percentage of negligence. This would mean that a jury award of $100,000 for a tourist accident that you were 25% at fault for will result in your award being reduced by $25,000 and you ultimately receiving $75,000.
Where Could I Get Hurt as a Tourist in Tennessee?
As a tourist in Tennessee, it is important to be aware of the most common locations for injury accidents for vacationers. Some of the most commonly reported vacation accidents occur at:
- Hotels and resorts
- Swimming pools
- Amusement parks
- Stores and shopping malls
- Sidewalks and crosswalks
- Lakes and rivers
- Trails and parks
Many tourists are also injured in car, bus, or train accidents on the way to or from these destinations.
Whatever kind of accident a person is involved in, certain injuries can have potential lifelong complications. The injuries that people might sustain can range from paralysis to fractures, and may also include neck injuries, sprains, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), internal organ injuries, muscle strains, lacerations, and many other serious injuries.
Why You Need a Local Accident Attorney
When you have been injured in East Tennessee, you likely won’t be able to return home and ask a hometown attorney to handle the personal injury case that you will have here. When you hire a lawyer in East Tennessee, they can handle all of the court filings and appearances on your behalf, so you will not have to make unnecessary return trips for minor matters.
An attorney in your home state likely will not be licensed to practice in Tennessee and also might not be inclined to take a case in the state even if they are. The Terry Law Firm has more than a half-century of experience with Tennessee state laws and the local court systems.
It will not you cost you anything to discuss your case with The Terry Law Firm. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay us any legal fees unless and until you receive a monetary award.
In most cases, it is possible to recover compensation through negotiations with the insurance company or other party that is responsible for covering an injured person’s losses. Our attorneys are prepared to aggressively negotiate on your behalf.
Court is unavoidable in some cases. You could be entitled to various damages if your case goes to court and you are able to prove that another party was at fault for your accident. You could receive compensatory damages that might include economic damages like medical bills and lost wages, as well as noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
Our attorneys have the resources necessary to calculate the full extent of your losses and then pursue compensation on your behalf at the negotiating table or in the courtroom, if necessary.
How The Terry Law Firm Helps Tourists Hurt in Tennessee
The Terry Law Firm has more than 50 years of combined experience helping people who have been injured due to the negligence of others. We pride ourselves on responding quickly to our clients, so your emails and voicemails will get answered right away.
If you sustained serious injuries in East Tennessee while on vacation, The Terry Law Firm is ready to work to help you get justice. Call us or contact us online to receive a free consultation.