Houston County, Tennessee
For more than four decades, our award-winning attorneys have been the voice of injured people in Erin and the rest of Houston County. Our firm only handles civil litigation. We do not handle wills or trusts, divorces, real estate matters DUIs, criminal cases, child custody matters or corporate matters. Instead, we focus and specialize in tort cases.
A tort case is a claim for personal injury or wrongful death due to the negligence or carelessness of another. Examples of tort cases include car wrecks, tractor-trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, liquor liability cases, drowning accidents, boating accidents, bicycle accidents, jet ski accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse cases, farm equipment accidents, pedestrian accidents, sexual abuse cases, construction accidents, product-related accidents, carbon monoxide cases, food poisoning cases, golf cart accidents, medical malpractice cases including birth injury cases, dog bite claims, uninsured/underinsured motorist claims, cases involving orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, eye injuries and burn injuries, etc.
Car Accident Cases in Houston County
Almost everyone has either been in a car accident or, at a minimum, has a family member or friend who was involved in a car crash. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, there are 4.5 million licensed drivers in the State of Tennessee, and while we do it everyday, driving is a dangerous activity.
The State gathers crash data for each individual county and, from 2015 to 2019, Houston County ranked 73rd in the overall crash rate. The county's crash rate for fatal crashes was a surprising 7th and the injury crash rate was 34th. In the separate category of motorcycle crashes, the rank was also high at 17th.
It is not a secret that excessive alcohol and driving are a dangerous combination. But unfortunately, it still occurs. Houston County had the 5th highest rank for alcohol-impaired fatality rate and an alcohol-impaired crash rate of 3rd.
Speeding also plays its part in accidents. In Houston County, the speeding crash rate was 33rd in the State. According to the State's statistics, from 2015 to 2019, the crash rate for young drivers (age 15 to 24) in Houston County was 78th. For senior drivers (age 65+), the crash rate was also 82nd
We Can Help You Too
If you or someone you love has been injured and it was someone else's fault, you are generally entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, etc. Typically, this requires you to deal with the other driver's insurance carrier or your own if you also need to pursue an underinsured motorist claim. Without a lawyer, this can be an exhausting and confusing process.
Instead of trying to do it yourself, let our experienced team of lawyers do the work for you. We will help you get the maximum recovery possible from all potential sources while you concentrate on getting better and putting your life back together. We have recovered million of dollars for our satisfied clients and we can help you too.
Will I Have To Go To Court?
Of course, we try to resolve cases as quickly as possible and without the necessity of filing suit. We understand that you need the money quickly to help with medical bills, property damage, loss of income, etc. Sometimes however, the responsible party does not want to pay or does not want to pay the full amount of compensation. In those situations, a lawsuit must be filed in order to protect your rights. To learn more about what to expect during the legal process, click here.
Judges in Houston County and Court Information
If we have to file a lawsuit on your behalf, Houston County is located within the 23rd Judicial District, which also include Dickson, Cheatham, Humphreys and Stewart counties. The trial courts in the 23rd Judicial District are presided over by:
All civil cases are heard by one of these individuals. The 23rd Judicial District has promulgated Local Rules, which control such things as appearance of counsel, continuances of cases, setting of trials, motion dates, etc. A copy of the Local Rules for the 23rd Judicial District can be found here.
For the 2010-2011 reporting period, only 3 tort cases (claims for personal injury or wrongful death) were filed in Houston County and not a single case went to trial. For the 2011-2012 reporting period, 10 tort cases were filed in Houston County and only one case went to trial. But the injured party did not receive a favorable verdict in that case. In 2012-2013, 9 tort cases were filed in Houston County but no tort cases were actually tried to a judge or jury. In 2013-2014, 10 tort cases were filed and one went to trial. The injured party lost. In 2014-2015, only 6 tort case were filed and none were tried. During 2015-2016, only 6 tort cases were filed and none were tried. For the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 reporting periods, the case statistics were identical: 8 tort cases filed and none tried. Last year, only two tort cases were filed and, again, none were tried. In the last decade, only two tort cases have been tried in Houston County and the injury victim lost in both those cases. 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 Houston County, please click on the link.
Contact Us Today For A Free Evaluation Of Your Case
These statistics demonstrate just how important it is to choose the right lawyer. In order to maximize your chances of recovery, you need an experienced lawyer. John Day literally wrote the books on tort and trial law in Tennessee. Mr. Day and his team of attorneys, paralegals and a full-time nurse can help you recover the money you deserve to help you put your life back together after an accident.
We handle all injury and death cases on a contingency basis so we only get paid if we win. And, we advance all case expenses so you do not have to pay anything out of pocket to get started. For more information on what we charge and what we pay, click here.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in Houston County or you are Houston County resident who has been injured somewhere else, contact The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. either online, toll-free at 866-812-8787 or at one of our three Middle Tennessee office locations. As always, if you are unable to come to us, we will gladly come to you.