Ramer & Hedrick, PC
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ABOUT RAMER & HEDRICK, P.C.
At Ramer & Hedrick, P.C., our attorneys have protected the rights of injured people for more than 24 years. We have successfully represented hundreds of injury victims, including people with claims that other law firms found too difficult to handle or simply felt worthless. We have obtained settlements in excess of $1,300,000 for our clients, and negotiated a $600,000 settlement in a claim that one of the state’s largest law firms turned down as being “worthless.” We will take the time to learn all the details of your case, as well as your objectives, so we can formulate the best strategy to get the results you want.
We offer a free initial consultation. To schedule an appointment, contact our office. We maintain flexible office hours for your convenience. Off-site visits can be arranged when necessary. We offer representation of all injury claims on a contingency basis. We will not charge attorney fees unless we recover financial compensation for your losses.
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CAR ACCIDENT LAW FIRM
Each year, car accidents claim the lives of dozens of Chattanoogans. In 2015, there were more than 12,000 car accidents in Hamilton County, 35 of them involving fatalities. Less than 25 percent of fatal car crashes in Tennessee involved vehicles traveling well above the posted speed limit, meani4ng that other factors – like the actions of other drivers – could have caused those accidents and injuries.
Ramer & Hedrick, P.C. Car Accident Case Specialists
When car accidents result in injury or death, civil lawsuits could be filed against those responsible. If you have been involved in an auto accident or have lost a loved one because of another driver’s negligence, contact Ramer & Hedrick, P.C. immediately. We specialize in representing car accident victims, and we’ll work to help you recover monetary compensation.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF CAR CRASHES
There are many types of car accidents, all of which could cause serious injury or death. They involve:
distracted driving (texting, phone, etc.)
accidents involving semi trucks
defective automobile design
WHY FILE A CIVIL LAWSUIT?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the car accident, victims or their families could recover compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In addition to these compensatory damages, accident victims could be rewarded punitive damages. Though less common, these awards are typically intended to punish reckless or extremely negligent drivers or automobile manufacturers who disregard dangerous design flaws. The specific circumstances of the accident will determine which types of damages are available to victims and their families. Regardless, it’s important to consult with a car accident lawyer immediately after a crash to understand your options.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
Creating a timeline of the accident by gathering all of the relevant documents, photos and medical bills will help your Chattanooga car accident attorney better assess your case. Examples of these critical documents include:
letters from insurance companies
names and phone numbers of witnesses
medical records documenting injuries and treatments
documentation showing lost wages or missed work due to injuries
INITIAL MEETING: WHAT TO EXPECT
Your first meeting with a car injury lawyer may take place over the phone, in the attorney’s office or even in the hospital. At the initial meeting, you will be asked for information about the accident, your injuries and what communications you have had with insurance companies and others involved in the crash. After this initial consultation, the lawyer will let you know whether or not he believes you have a case.
Depending on how much information you are able to provide, and whether or not additional research is needed, your injury lawyer might offer some initial advice about how to proceed. Accident attorneys typically take cases on contingency, meaning that the law firm will only receive payment if the victim receives an award.
If you wish to pursue the case, you might be asked to sign a retainer agreement and various consent forms authorizing the law firm to collect certain documents on your behalf.
LET US ASSIST YOU IN CHATTANOOGA
If you have been injured in a car accident, call Ramer & Hedrick, P.C. Our staff will work closely with medical personnel to determine the extent of your injuries as well as the cost of treatment and rehabilitation. Obtaining fair compensation in an auto accident claim requires a certain process of evidence collection, evaluation and litigation. In many cases, we are able to negotiate favorable settlements out of court.
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CHATTANOOGA SEMI TRUCK
Due to its strategic location in the southern portion of the United States, Tennessee is known as a trucking state. This is especially true in Chattanooga, where I-24 meets I-75, offering commercial truckers a straight shot to the Southeast. The prevalence of these semi trucks on our highways increases the chances that a distracted or fatigued truck driver could make one wrong move that leads to tragedy. In 2015, one of the deadliest car crashes in the state was caused by the driver of a tractor-trailer truck who failed to properly brake in a construction zone on I-75, slamming into eight cars and killing six people. Twelve others were seriously injured. In 2014, accidents involving large trucks claimed 110 lives statewide, according to accident data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
REGULATIONS NOT ALWAYS FOLLOWED
Truck accidents can be devastating for everyone involved. Given the sheer potential for death, injury and damage, the trucking industry is subject to considerable State and Federal safety regulations and oversight. To stay in business, trucking fleet operators must comply with substantial rules and regulations related to the mechanical condition of their vehicles as well as the well-being of their drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was put in place in 2000 to prevent injuries and fatalities involving commercial vehicles, and its regulations are vast. Sometimes it can be proven that these regulations were not followed by the trucking companies. Examples include failure to monitor fatigued drivers or delays in scheduled truck maintenance. Either could have catastrophic consequences on the road.
Because personal injury, property damage and economic losses tend to be magnified in truck accident cases, the level of compensation often is higher than accidents involving only cars. Additionally, multiple parties could be held responsible, including the driver and the company that employs the driver. Ramer & Hedrick, P.C. specializes in truck accident cases, and our attorneys will be able to determine who likely is liable and responsible for the injuries you suffered. We will aggressively pursue them on your behalf.
THEIR LAWYERS WILL BE READY. WILL YOU?
Trucking firms and insurance companies often assemble formidable legal teams to protect against accident claims because they know that their potential losses can be significant. And they’ll likely succeed, unless you retain a skilled truck accident law firm to take them on.
Signing a lowball settlement with a trucking company’s insurance firm not only deprives you of the compensation you rightly deserve for your suffering, but it gives them a free pass. A slap on the wrist won’t invoke change like a substantial judgment against, or a large settlement.
By formulating effective legal strategies in Chattanooga, our big rig accident attorneys can combat the large insurance companies help you recover damages from the negligent party or parties. These damages could include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, lost future wages and pain and suffering.
We work on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay us anything unless we win or settle your case. Call our lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.
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