Memphis Tennessee Car Accident Lawyer

Man taking picture of damages after car crashCar accidents happen frequently in Memphis. The Tennessee state government reports that 156 traffic fatalities occurred in the Memphis area alone in 2013.

Statewide, 995 deaths occurred – a rate of almost three traffic deaths a day.

On this page you can learn about:

  • What can a memphis auto accident attorney do for you?
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about car accidents in tennessee
  • Car accident compensation & claims
  • Compensation for damages in a car accident case in Memphis
  • Types of car accidents we handle
  • Causes of car accidents in Tennessee
  • How our firm can help you after a car accident
  • Our firm’s car accident successes

If you have been injured of have lost a loved one in a car crash caused by another driver, we believe that you deserve justice. At the Law Office of David E. Gordon, you will find quality representation and a lawyer with a reputation for an outstanding personal injury practice.

Our founding attorney, David E. Gordon, will relentlessly pursue a fair auto accident settlement, or verdict if your case must advance to trial. He has achieved many noteworthy victories, and has recovered millions of dollars in auto accident settlements and verdicts. David Gordon is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist. He maintains a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating, and a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rating. He also has been included in the list of Super Lawyers® for multiple years.
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What Can a Memphis Auto Accident Attorney Do For You?

At the Law Office of David E. Gordon, you will get one-on-one attention from Attorney Gordon, and we will start work on your case right away. Our first job is to determine what caused the traffic crash that led to your injuries. We will carefully investigate various factors in your case, including:

  • The other driver Was he or she driving too fast? Distracted? Alcohol or drug impaired? If necessary, we can obtain cell phone records to determine whether the driver was talking or texting at the time of the accident.
  • The vehicles involved We will examine the vehicles to determine if the tires, wheels, or brakes could have played a role in the accident.
  • The road condition Was the road slick or wet, or hazardous for another reason?
  • The weather conditions We will find out what the weather was like at the time of the accident.
  • The location of the accident Eyewitness accounts or traffic data may be used to pinpoint the party at fault.

After we establish fault for your accident, we determine the full extent of your losses. Our goal is to build the best possible case for the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive under the law. Attorney Gordon can negotiate skillfully on your behalf, or fight aggressively for your rights in court, if necessary.

Meet with a Memphis car wreck attorney to get help with your case.

Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents in Tennessee

You need answers about what to do next if you have been recently involved in a car accident. When another driver was at fault, you have the right to pursue compensation for damages, both economic and non-economic. First, it is crucial that you get the other driver’s insurance information immediately following an accident. If a negligent driver collided with your vehicle, you are protected under Tennessee law, but you need to talk to an experienced lawyer before you sign anything or make a recorded statement to the insurance company. The sooner you get legal representation, the better it could be for you with regard to the value of the settlement.

We have gathered together answers to some of the most common car accident questions we hear at David Gordon Law.

Car Accident FAQs

  • What should I do if I am injured in a car accident?
    What you do immediately after the accident can significantly impact the amount you are able to recover in a settlement.

    It is statistically likely that in your lifetime you eventually will be involved in a car crash. What you do immediately after the accident can significantly impact the amount you are able to recover in a settlement. Read and follow these important guidelines, and protect your right to fair compensation under the law:

    1. Check your own condition and the condition of your passengers. If any person has been injured, do what you can to perform any life-saving techniques. Emergency services can take several minutes or even longer to arrive and you need to do what you can to save the lives of the injured. Get trained in basic first aid so you know what to do. [Contact the Memphis area Red Cross for information about classes.]
    2. Call 911 to contact the police and emergency services at once.
    3. If you are able, record the other driver’s name, address, phone number, license number, registration, and proof of insurance.
    4. Gather the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses who can be contacted by your attorney at a later date. Try to convince them to remain at the scene until the police arrive.
    5. Seek medical attention at once, even if you believe you are uninjured. Some potentially fatal injuries are not immediately evident, particularly closed-head injuries. It is critical that you get a full medical assessment immediately after a car crash.
    6. Report the accident to your insurance company, but refrain from discussing any of your thoughts or providing information about who was at fault.
    7. Never discuss the accident or agree to a recorded statement about the accident with either your insurance company or the other party’s insurance company without first consulting with a skilled car accident lawyer.
    8. Document your injuries with multiple photographs. Some injuries such as bruises and cuts heal quickly, but are extremely painful and restrict motion as well as the ability to function normally in everyday tasks or at work. A visual record of your injuries could be critical evidence supporting your claim.
    9. Take photos of the interior and exterior of the vehicles, the position of the vehicles, skid marks on the roadway, and any other visuals that could be valuable later to your lawyer.

    Consult with an auto accident attorney experienced in the practice of personal injury law. It is advised that you contact a law firm that has a track record of achieving high value settlements. It is important that you have legal representation immediately after the accident, as there are many details that must be handled carefully and correctly in order to protect your right to full compensation, including obtaining and preserving critical evidence.

  • What if the insurance company of the at-fault driver does not contact me after the accident?
    The other driver’s insurance company is required to contact you within a specific period of time.

    If you are not contacted, it could mean the at-fault driver has allowed his or her policy to lapse. This critical detail and others are best handled by a legal professional who is completely familiar with how to get your claim moving forward. You can protect yourself and your right to full compensation by hiring a lawyer that will manage this aspect of your claim.

  • What if the at-fault driver does not have auto insurance?
    If you discover the other driver did not carry any auto insurance, your own insurance must be accessed to recover compensation for your injuries and property damages.

    In Tennessee, about 20.1 percent of the drivers sharing the road do not have current auto insurance, and the state ranks sixth in the number of uninsured drivers. The likelihood of being hit by one of these drivers is exceptionally high in the Memphis area. If you discover the other driver did not carry any auto insurance, your own insurance must be accessed to recover compensation for your injuries and property damages. Although you may have religiously paid your premiums, don’t expect that your own insurance company will make it easy to recover compensation. Let a lawyer who understands insurance documents to review your insurance policies so that you increase the chances of recovering the maximum possible through your own insurance company.

  • Will my premiums increase if I file a claim through my own insurance company after being hit by an uninsured driver?
    Tennessee state law protects against increases in uninsured motorist premiums or cancelling your coverage if you file a claim.

    The Tennessee law that protects against this type of activity is outlined in the Tennessee Code, Chapter 7. Your insurance company may be difficult to deal with. It is not uncommon for a settlement offer to be lower than you may be due under the terms of your policy. It is always advised that you have an experienced lawyer address issues surrounding compensation, and to take action for you if you are threatened with increased premiums or your insurance increases after you file a claim for damages under your uninsured motorist coverage.

  • In addition to the negligent driver, can the vehicle owner also be held accountable in a claim or lawsuit?
    Yes, a vehicle owner can be liable for the actions of a negligent driver.

    There are various situations under which the vehicle owner may be held accountable for your injuries, including an accident caused by a person who was operating a vehicle as a work duty, or in “family-purpose” vehicles (a car, truck or other vehicle that is maintained by the head of household for the use of the members of the household). Most young drivers are operating family purpose vehicles, and the parents, who pay the insurance premiums, can be held liable in these cases. Each injury accident will have unique factors to sort out, including exactly which parties can be held accountable in a lawsuit, or what parties hold insurance that can be accessed to seek compensatory damages.

  • What if neither driver involved in a car accident carries insurance?
    You can file a lawsuit against a negligent driver and seek compensation from his or her personal assets.

    These are tough cases, as your only legal remedy is to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver, who may not have any assets. Generally, those who don’t have auto insurance also do not have many assets. There are exceptions, however, and an attorney should review all of the details.

  • What if the other driver’s insurance is insufficient to pay for all of the damages?
    You need to review your own auto insurance policy for potential coverage.

    The minimum amount of insurance that Tennessee drivers must carry is only $25,000. This is the maximum accessible if you file a claim. Your auto insurance policies should be reviewed. If you carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, you can seek additional compensation under these provisions.

  • What if I am injured in an accident that was the result of trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle that was being operated by a negligent driver?
    A driver who negligently forces you to take a dangerous action to avoid a collision may be liable for your injuries.

    All injury claims are based upon the legal concept of negligence. If there is sufficient evidence to establish that this was the cause of your accident, such as eyewitnesses who observed the negligent driving conduct, a legal action could be filed against the driver that forced you to take a dangerous action. If the other car has sped off, your own uninsured motorist policy can be accessed to seek to recover compensation for damages.

  • What should my auto insurance company pay me if I am injured?
    This depends on the limits of your policy coverage and the nature of your injuries and legal damages.

    The limits on your insurance policy will determine the amount you can recover through your own insurance company. They may or may not inform you of all of the compensation you may be due, and it is important that you have your policy reviewed by an attorney so that you don’t fall into the trap of accepting a settlement lower than you deserve. There are various aspects to Tennessee insurance law that could come into play with regard to the amount you could recover. You also have the option of filing a lawsuit against the negligent driver should your insurance coverage be insufficient to cover the losses you have suffered.

  • Does the negligent driver’s insurance company have to pay off the note on my car if it was totaled?
    Tennessee law requires payment of the “fair market value” of your vehicle, which may be less than what you owe.

    Not necessarily. The insurance company is only required to pay what is termed “fair market value,” which could be less than what you still owed on the vehicle. All of these details are extremely important and should be carefully and correctly managed by your Memphis car accident lawyer so that you do not suffer financial losses that could have been avoided.

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Car Accident Compensation & Claims

When you work with our firm, we explore every available avenue for compensation after a serious car wreck. Possible insurance sources include:

  • Liability coverage of the driver at fault for the accident: Tennessee drivers are required by law to carry minimum coverage of $25,000 for one injury or death; $50,000 for all injuries or deaths; and $15,000 for property damage for one accident.
  • Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage: If the at-fault driver is uninsured or has insufficient coverage for your losses, you may be entitled to file a claim under the UM/UIM coverage of your own policy.
  • Other insurance coverage: We will review your policy to determine if other coverage is available for your accident.

Our firm will fight hard for the financial compensation you deserve to get your life back on track. Damages we may pursue on your behalf include economic damages (such as medical bills, lost wages, and future financial losses), and non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and loss of consortium).

Compensation for Damages in a Car Accident Case in Memphis

Call your insurance to determine compensation after an auto accident in Memphis, Tennesse.

Automobile accidents are not uncommon in Memphis, but that does not make their consequences any less serious. A traffic accident can turn a victim’s life upside down and have profound and life-changing ramifications, including:

  • Pain and suffering from physical injuries
  • Hospital stays and doctor visits
  • Doctor and hospital bills
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Vehicle property damage
  • Lost wages or earnings
  • Permanent impairment
  • Scars and disfiguration
  • Insurance issues
  • Wrongful death

Types of Car Accidents We Handle

Types of Car Accidents We Handle

David Gordon has been practicing law for 32 years, and for 12 years has focused his practice on personal injury matters, helping injured people in the Memphis area, including car accident victims. We handle all types of car accidents, including:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Side-swipe collisions
  • Multi-vehicle accidents
  • Rollover accidents

When you come to our law office for help, we will begin work on your case right away and investigate all the factors to determine what caused your accident. Once we have established who was at fault for your injuries, we will then determine the full extent of your losses, including economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and lost future earnings, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and loss of companionship.

Multi-Vehicle Pileups and Chain-Reaction Accidents in Memphis

Our Memphis Tennesse Car Accident Lawyers represent victims of multi-vehicle pileups or chain-reaction accidents in Memphis.Multi-vehicle pileups and chain-reaction accidents are quite common in and around bustling cities like Memphis, Tennessee. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), of the 995 vehicle-related fatalities in Tennessee during one recent year, 444 or 45 percent took place in multi-vehicle pileups.

With so many vehicles on the road, driver distractions and other unsafe driving behaviors, the potential for an injury accident is high. Even when you are trying to stay safe and pay close attention to the task of driving, you could very well find yourself the victim of a multi-vehicle pileup or chain-reaction accident caused by one or more negligent drivers.

Proving fault and determining liability in a chain-reaction accident can be a daunting task, particularly considering the number of vehicles, drivers and insurance companies involved, as well as the differing accounts from witnesses or those involved in the accident. This can make it extremely difficult to seek compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost income, vehicle repairs and other car accident-related costs.

Multi-vehicle or chain-reaction accidents can happen for various reasons. In some instances, two vehicles may get into a head-on collision while driving along a winding road or when rounding a curve. If other drivers are unable to safely navigate around the accident or come to a stop soon enough, they too may collide with the vehicles that crashed.

Traveling at high rates of speed can quickly cause a multi-vehicle or chain reaction accident, as it is unlikely other vehicles driving nearby will have enough time or room to stop. Even at low rates of speed, when one vehicle rear-ends another, it can cause that vehicle to be pushed into the one in front of it, causing a chain-reaction crash.

Some of the most common causes of multi-vehicle and chain-reaction accidents include:

  • Poor road design
  • Traveling at excessive rates of speed
  • Driving too fast for current weather or road conditions
  • Poor visibility (often due to weather)
  • Traffic congestion
  • Tailgating
  • Making unsafe lane changes
  • Driver distractions
  • Inexperience
  • Aggressive driving or “road rage”
  • Reckless driving behavior
  • Alcohol or drug-impairment

Victims of multi-vehicle accidents have much to contend with, as accidents involving more than one vehicle – and more than one insurance company – can be complex to sort out. An insurance company may seek to lay blame on someone other than the driver covered under one of its policies. This is not always in an effort to protect the insured, but more to prevent claims or lawsuits from being filed on which substantial settlements may have to be paid out.

Another factor that can make multi-vehicle accidents more complex is that the nature of these accidents makes it more probable that multiple victims will have sustained significant or even fatal injuries. For these victims, it is essential that all negligent parties be identified and held accountable for their actions. An innocent victim should not be left struggling to pay for medical care and rehabilitation, unable to pay bills and without recourse for injuries and losses caused by another party.

Memphis Rear-End Collision Lawyer

Our Memphis rear-end collision lawyers represents clients involved in a read-end collision accident.Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents in Memphis, throughout the state of Tennessee and across the U.S. These accidents are frequently caused by distracted drivers, speeders and motorists who follow too closely.

Fault for a rear-end collision typically falls on the driver who strikes a vehicle ahead of them, but this is not always the case.

Rear-end collisions may be caused by a many types of negligent driving behavior. While some rear-end collisions are fender-benders that happen while both vehicles are traveling at a low rate of speed, the damages and injuries sustained can be significant. In cases where vehicles are moving along highways or roads where speed limits are higher, victims may be more likely to suffer severe, life-threatening or fatal injuries.

Some of the typical causes of rear-end collisions include:

  • Tailgating or not leaving sufficient room between vehicles.
  • Speeding or traveling at rates inappropriate for road and weather conditions.
  • Texting while driving and other driver distractions.
  • Drowsy or fatigued drivers.
  • Reckless, aggressive or unsafe driving behavior.
  • Failure to follow the rules of the road.
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The presumption is that the driver of the vehicle behind the vehicle that is struck is at fault in a rear-end crash. Drivers are supposed to leave enough distance between their vehicle and the vehicle ahead to slow down or come to a stop when necessary. Failure to do so is the cause of many rear-end collisions. Drivers who are simply not paying attention, allow themselves to become distracted or who are negligent in their driving behavior may also be at fault in rear-end collisions.

Certain exceptions to this presumption do exist. The driver of the lead vehicle may be at fault in a rear-end crash if for example:

  • The vehicle’s brake or tail lights do not work.
  • The vehicle is experiencing mechanical difficulties, but the driver neglects to pull to the side of the road, out of the flow of traffic.
  • The vehicle was in reverse at the time and the driver accelerated backwards.
  • The driver cuts off another vehicle, without allowing sufficient room for the driver of that vehicle to slow down or come to a stop.
  • The driver makes a sudden, unexpected lane change or stop with no warning and no valid cause.
  • The driver of the front vehicle “brake checks” the driver of the vehicle behind him or her in an effort to prevent that driver from tailgating.

Injuries from a rear-end collision may involve bruises, lacerations and sore muscles, as well as more significant injuries such as broken bones, whiplash and injuries caused by an individual bracing for an impact.

The vehicles involved, the speed at which the vehicles were traveling at the moment of impact, the location of the impact and other factors will all determine the severity of injuries a victim may sustain.

The most common injuries in rear-end collisions include:

  • Whiplash
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Back injuries (stemming from the sudden jolt and force of impact)
  • Facial injuries (often caused by airbag deployment)
  • Bracing injuries to wrists, arms, ankles and knees (caused by preparing for impact)
  • Concussions or traumatic brain injuries

Causes of Car Accidents in Tennessee

Inattentive driving is one of the causes of auto wrecks in Tennessee.

In a report compiled by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, driver-contributing factors were isolated for a total of 3.6 million statewide traffic crashes over the 10-year period from 2004 through 2014. The following are among the most significant contributing causes reported:

 

CONTRIBUTING FACTOR
NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS
Following improperly
330,432
Failure to yield right-of-way
315,875
Failure to keep in proper lane or running off road
305,157
Inattentive driving
121,342
Careless or erratic driving
90,829
Driving too fast for conditions
90,402
Failure to obey traffic controls
64,052
Reckless or negligent driving
54,124
Improper lane changes
51,679
Improper turns
43,160

Distracted Driving

Top Causes of Road Accidents
There are three main types of driving distractions (which can often overlap):

  • types of driving distractionsVisual: Your eyes are not on the road. You might be reading a map or an email, or looking over your shoulder at the kids in the backseat, but if you’re not paying attention to the road, you can’t see important signposts, where you’re going, or what other cars are doing.
  • Manual: Your hands are doing something other than operating the vehicle. This might include eating, adjusting radio settings, or holding a phone. You do not fully control your vehicle if your hands are not on the wheel.
  • Cognitive: This category often goes hand in hand with visual and manual distractions, as it simply means that you are not focused. Your mind might be wandering deep into a daydream, or you might be thinking hard about composing the perfect text message. One common misconception is that having a conversation via a hands-free device is not distracting. In fact, this is a good example of a cognitive distraction, since your mind is on the conversation rather than on the road.

The CDC reports that each day in the U.S., nine people are killed in an accident that involves a distracted driver. Over the course of the year, those distracted drivers account for around 17 percent of all traffic injuries.

In Tennessee, it is illegal to text while driving, and for novice drivers to talk on the phone. However, in terms of distracted driving accidents In Tennessee, the state is no exception to the national trend. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security found that in 2014 the state witnessed 21,021 crashes caused by distracted driving, and, unfortunately, those numbers seem to be on the rise. In 2004 there were just 11,471 distracted-driving crashes in Tennessee, meaning that rates have nearly doubled in the past decade.

Here is a video about texting and driving from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office:

Speeding

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,561 traffic fatalities occurred in 2012. Of these, 10,219 involved at least one driver who was speeding. Both nationally and in Tennessee, traffic fatality rates have decreased over the past 50 years, but much work still needs to be done.

Proportionally, more young drivers are killed every year in Tennessee speeding-related accidents, and they are also more likely to be driving drunk at the time of the crash. In fact, 50 percent of speeding drivers aged 21-24 involved in a fatal car crash have been found to be over the legal alcohol limit. Motorcyclists are also more likely to speed, possibly because they are less constrained by the presence of other vehicles. Thirty-eight percent of motorcyclists involved in a fatal crash were speeding, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Speeding is not only lethal, it’s also costly, as speeding-related crashes annually cost the economy around $40.4 billion.
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In a 2001 poll conducted by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 77 percent of respondents said they would like to see more action being taken against speeding. Fortunately, law enforcement agencies have been doing so. In some countries and in a handful of states (though not Tennessee), radar signals are now in use. These systems trigger cameras to photograph speeding vehicles, so that they can be more easily tracked down.

In Tennessee, speeding laws are “absolute.” If you are driving even one mph over the speed limit, you can be pulled over for speeding. You can also be pulled over if you are driving at the posted limit, but too fast for current weather conditions, as it is easy to lose control of the vehicle in rain, ice or snow. A speeding (or other) infraction will cost you points on your license, which can eventually be suspended if you accumulate 12 points. Clearly, it is better to be patient on the road than to risk your neck or your license.

Tailgating

Our Memphis accident lawyers present the facts of the dangers of tailgating while driving.Tailgating is a hallmark of aggressive driving, and while very common, it is also very dangerous. The National Center for Statistics and Analysis reports that rear-end crashes are the most common type of accident, claiming approximately 2,200 lives every year, and resulting in approximately 500,000 injuries. The leading cause of rear-end crashes is tailgating.

The risk varies according to the types of vehicles involved. The bigger and heavier the vehicle, the more dangerous it is to tailgate. For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a regular car traveling at highway speed has a stopping distance of about 133 feet. In comparison, a loaded tractor-trailer has a stopping distance of 196 feet. If a driver fails to leave adequate distance to come to a halt between his or her car and the car in front, and the car in front hits the brakes, there is the potential for a deadly collision. The risks of tailgating increase even further when there is rain or snow, bad tires, or debris on the road.

Driving Too Fast for Weather or Road Conditions

The posted speed limit might not be a safe speed to travel when roads are wet or icy, or when visibility is limited by rain, sleet, or snow.

Faulty Equipment

Faulty vehicle equipment can cause accidents. For example, a defective airbag could deploy for no apparent reason when the driver is traveling in traffic at highway speeds.

Road Hazards

Hazardous roads contribute to a large portion of accidents in the U.S.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving accidentAs in every state, getting behind the wheel in Tennessee with a BAC at or above .08 percent is prohibited, but the risk of arrest doesn’t stop everyone. In fact, Tennessee seems to have more of a drunk-driving problem than many other states, according to research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In every age group, and for both men and women, the rate of death due to drunk driving is higher than the national average. In 2012, per 100,000 people, 4.6 Tennesseans died in a drunk driving accident, as compared to a 3.3 average nationwide.

Thankfully, the situation seems to be improving. In the past 10 years, the number of alcohol-related crashes each year has significantly decreased. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security reports 8,286 alcohol-related crashes occurred statewide in 2004, while in 2014, just 4,568 occurred. A number of factors may have contributed to this improvement.

he introduction of “zero tolerance” laws in Tennessee and other states have had a big impact. These laws make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drive with any alcohol at all in their system. Tennessee also allows sobriety checkpoints, were police can stop all or some drivers at a highly visible location to perform sobriety tests. In Tennessee as well as nationally, the media and non-profit organizations have turned more attention to raising public awareness regarding the dangers of drunk driving, and shedding light on the problem has likely made a difference. With continued effort from legislators, educators and community and national organizations, the drunk driving accident rates can be reduced even further, and eventually we can rid the roads of drunk drivers.

Disobeying Traffic Signals

Disobeying Traffic SignalsDrivers who run traffic lights and stop signs put other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians at risk.

For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average each year 1,578 fatalities occur at intersections controlled by traffic lights. In about half of these, a driver simply ran a red light and subsequently crashed. About one third of intersection accidents are caused by a driver failing to yield right-of-way. Usually, when the cause was a failure to yield, one driver was trying to make a left turn across the intersection. The numbers are even worse when it comes to stop sign. On average, 2,867 people are killed in accidents at intersections with stop signs every year. In this case, the accidents are almost always due to drivers ignoring or failing to observe the stop sign. By paying close attention to all traffic signals and signs, drivers can make the road far safer for everyone.

The following is a list of a few common traffic signals, and how disobeying these signals can lead to serious accidents:

  • Traffic lights. Running a red light is of course very dangerous. Just as dangerous, though, is making a left turn on a green light without yielding to oncoming traffic. Yellow lights can also present a risk, if drivers treat them as a challenge to “make the light” rather than as a caution to slow down.
  • Stop sign. Obeying a stop sign requires drivers to come to a full and complete stop before carefully proceeding.
  • Multi-way stop sign. These are about right-of-way: All cars must come to a full stop as usual, and only then may the first car to have arrived at the intersection proceed.
  • Yield sign. These are also about right-of-way: They require drivers to allow all other cars to pass before they can perform an action. It’s important to pay attention to these, because drivers who do have right of way are not expecting incoming traffic, and therefore may not have time to react before a crash occurs.
  • No-left-turn or no-U-turn sign. Not every intersection is designed to accommodate left turns or U-turns, so it’s important to take heed. Other drivers will have trouble avoiding unexpectedly oncoming traffic.

How Our Firm Can Help You after a Car Accident

As a highly effective personal injury attorney, David Gordon can make all the difference for you and your family. We take care of your car accident claim so you can focus on your recovery. Here are some reasons to work with our firm:

  • You get experience on your side. David Gordon has been practicing law for 32 years, and for 12 years has strictly focused on personal injury, including car accident cases.
  • You will have a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist to represent you, a status held by only two percent of the lawyers in the state.
  • You will have personal, one-on-one attention from your lawyer. Attorney Gordon will work with you directly, and we will respond promptly to your calls and requests for information.
  • You will have one of the most highly rated lawyers in the state representing you. David Gordon has been highly rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and Avvo, and included in the Super Lawyers® listings in 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • You will have a lawyer with a successful track record handling your case. Our firm has successfully handled many accident cases and recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients.

Our Firm’s Car Accident Successes

Attorney David Gordon has achieved many victories on behalf of the car accident victims we represent. Recent successes include:

  • Rear-end collision case in which our 85-year-old client hit from behind at high speed was awarded more than three times what the insurance company offered.
  • Car accident case resolved for a large sum in mediation.
  • Policy-limit settlement for a woman who was injured by a driver who ran a red light.
  • Large out-of-court settlement for a family rear-ended by an 18-wheeler.
  • Large settlement with no lawsuit in a traffic crash wrongful death case.

If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident, your best course of action is to consult with a knowledgeable Memphis accident lawyer as soon as possible. Evidence will need to be obtained and preserved to build your case. Our firm offers a free case consultation. Contact us today for outstanding representation in your car accident claim.

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