Clay County, Tennessee
Our award-winning lawyers have helped injured people in Celina and all of Clay County. We handle all types of personal injury or wrongful death cases including car wrecks, tractor-trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bite cases, burn injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning cases, eye injuries, pedestrian accidents, drowning accidents, construction accidents, farm accidents, product-related accidents, boating accidents, bus accidents, jet ski accidents, medical malpractice cases, bicycle accidents, etc. Unlike other lawyers who handle all types of cases, our firm only handles civil litigation. We do not handle wills or trusts, bankruptcies, corporate, domestic matters, DUI or other criminal matters. This allows us to focus on what we do best.
Car Accident Cases in Clay County
One of the most common type of injury cases we handle is car wrecks. Tennessee has over one thousand miles of interstate roadways and roughly 4.5 million licensed drivers. In addition, tractor-trailer drivers and out-of-state travelers use Tennessee roadways because of the number of interstates throughout the State including I-65, I-24, I-75, I-40, I-55, I-26, I-81 and others. Combine this many drivers on the roadway with inattention, speeding or drinking and wrecks are going to happen.
According to the State's data, from 2015-2019, Clay County ranked 88th in overall crash rate and its injury crash rate was 86th (out of 95 Tennessee counties) However, the county's crash rate for fatal crashes was much higher at 30th. For motorcycle accidents, Clay county's rank was 65th. In the alcohol-impaired fatality category, Clay county ranked 12th. The county's non-fatal, alcohol-impaired crash rate was 13th, and the speeding crash rate was 65th in the State. The crash rate for young drivers (age 15 to 24) in Clay County was 83rd. For senior drivers (ages 65+), the crash rate was 90th.
Our Experienced Team Can Help You
If someone else causes an injury accident, you are generally entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, etc. In order to obtain this compensation, a claim must be made with the other driver's insurance carrier. If the other driver does not have insurance or does not have adequate insurance to cover your losses, then it may also be appropriate for you to file a claim with your own insurance company for underinsured or uninsured motorist benefits. Whether you can file an underinsured motorist claim will require a careful review of the language in your insurance policy. If the driver was working at the time of the wreck, a claim may be possible against his employer and/or his employer's insurance carrier. It may also be possible to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer of your car if, for instance, the airbags in your vehicle failed to deploy as designed. Or, if the other driver had been drinking at a bar or restaurant, it may be possible to bring a liquor liability claim.
Our experienced team can investigate each potential source of recovery and help you through the process. Because after an accident, you need to focus on recovering from your injuries and putting your life back together instead of dealing with the insurance company.
If you or someone you love has been injured, let our experienced team of lawyers be your advocate. We know the law -- John Day literally wrote the books on Tennessee tort law. We also have a full-time nurse on staff who can assist with medical issues. And, we know how to win. Our success speaks for itself -- we have helped our satisfied clients recover millions and millions of dollars.
How Long Will It Take and Will I Have To Go To Court?
We understand your situation. You are injured. You have medical bills piling up. You are out of work due to your injuries. You want quick results. We are dedicated to resolving cases quickly and for the maximum amount possible. Sometimes however, the responsible parties deny they were at fault or contest the severity of your injuries. In those situations, a lawsuit must be filed in order to protect your rights and to ensure you get complete compensation.
Clay County Judges and Court Information
If we have to file a lawsuit on your behalf, Clay County is located in the 13th Judicial District, and the following individuals preside over civil cases in Clay County Circuit Court:
The 13th Judicial District has established Local Rules for its courts. These rules govern issues such as issuing subpoenas, setting a case for trial, etc. A copy of the Local Rules for Circuit Court can be found here.
For the 2011-2012 reporting period, 4 tort cases (claims for injury or death) were filed in Clay County and only one case went to trial, but it did not result in a verdict for the injured party. For 2012-2013, there were only 7 tort cases filed in Clay County and none of those cases went to trial. In 2013-2014, again no tort cases went to trial. In 2014-2015, 8 tort cases were filed but none went to trial for the third year in a row. In 2015-2016, no tort cases were filed. In 2016-2017, two cases were filed and none were tried, and the same was true for the following year. Finally, for the most recent reporting period, 2018-2019, six cases were filed but none were tried to either a judge or a jury. The last year referenced for this data is the 2018-2019 reporting period.
John Day has created a new website (BirdDog Law) to give citizens, judges, and lawyers important information about the court system of every county in Tennessee, including updated trial statistics in each of the 95 counties. For more recent information and an understanding of the trends in jury and nonjury personal injury and wrongful death cases in Clay County, please click on the link.
The law only allows you a limited time to pursue your rights. So if you have been injured in Celina or anywhere else in Clay County or you are a Clay County resident who has been injured elsewhere, contact one of our award-winning attorneys today. We will answer your questions in a free, no-obligation consultation. We only get paid if we win and we advance all case expenses. So, you have nothing to lose by pursuing your rights and the compensation you deserve. After a serious accident, you need an experienced lawyer on your side to help. Contact us today either online or at one of our offices. We will gladly come to you.