Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Accidents in East Tennessee

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For many people, the hours and days after a car crash are very difficult. You may be unsure of what steps to take or how to pursue potential compensation for personal injuries or property damage. Fortunately, Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law is here to help, delivering the care, attention and reliability you need during a tough time in your life. Based in Knoxville, we have helped hundreds of people throughout East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountain region receive the compensation they need and deserve. For more than 25 years, our mission has been to help people — and we’re ready to leverage our experience and knowledge to benefit you and your loved ones.

The most common questions regarding car accidents

The following are questions we hear from people who have recently been involved in auto accidents. Please click on the links below to read the answers:

  • What should I do after an auto accident?
  • What are the most common causes of collisions?
  • Who can be held at fault for a motor vehicle accident?
  • How can an attorney help me?
  • How long do I have to sue for personal injuries resulting from an accident?

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Do you have further questions about motor vehicle accidents in Tennessee? Speak with a knowledgeable East Tennessee attorney today by calling 865.951.7268 or by contacting us online. We offer free initial phone consultations, and our office is conveniently located just off I-40 and I-75. We’re proud to serve individuals and families in Knoxville, Sevierville and the surrounding areas.


What should I do after an auto accident?

After a car accident, the first thing you should do is make sure that everyone is okay. Then, you should call the police, or 911 if there are injuries. Make sure you get personal and insurance information from any other drivers, but do not admit any degree of fault. If you can, it is helpful to take pictures of the accident, including any damage to your vehicle or property. Afterward, call your insurance company to report the accident and speak with an attorney to explore your options for pursuing compensation.

What are the most common causes of collisions?

There are many different factors that may lead to auto accidents. Some of the most common in Tennessee include drowsy driving, cell phone use, texting, drunk driving, defective brakes and equipment, missing signage, a vehicle going the wrong way on a one-way street, and dangerous weather conditions. In many cases, negligence or irresponsible actions on the part of an individual or company are responsible for a car crash.

Who can be held at fault for a motor vehicle accident?

In most car accidents, the party at fault is the driver whose actions caused the accident. This is often the case when a driver follows too close, changes lanes without looking or fails to yield when making a left-hand turn. However, other parties at fault may include government agencies that failed to provide adequate signage, road crews that did not properly maintain the road and car manufacturers that provided faulty brakes or other equipment. A skilled lawyer can help you determine fault in an accident.

How can an attorney help me?

A Knoxville auto accident lawyer examines the circumstances of your collision and helps determine fault, whether it’s an individual, government agency or vehicle manufacturer that is to blame. Then, your attorney helps you explore your options for obtaining compensation from the responsible parties and their insurance companies for any injury to you or your loved ones. This can be a complex process, so it’s important to work with an experienced legal professional.

How long do I have to sue for personal injuries resulting from an accident?

In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for suing for personal injuries is one year after the accident occurs. Although your injuries may seem minor in the days or weeks following a car crash, some injuries take a long time to materialize. That’s why it’s important to document all injuries, regardless of their severity, and to seek medical attention as soon as possible.