Overton County, Tennessee
With more than 100 years of combined experience, our award-winning attorneys have been the voice of injured people in Livingston and all of Overton County. Unlike most lawyers who handle all types of cases, the focus of our practice is civil litigation and personal injury and wrongful death cases. We do not handle bankruptcies, child custody cases, divorces, DUIs, wills or trusts, tax cases, real estate matters, corporate or criminal matters.
But, we have handled almost every type of injury case imaginable including jet ski accidents, slip and fall accidents, injuries caused by defective products, cases involving burn injuries, medical malpractice cases, birth injury cases, golf cart accidents, cases involving brain injuries, dog bite cases, farm equipment accidents, towing-related accidents, pedestrian accidents, construction accidents, boating accidents, liquor liability cases, drowning and near drowning accidents, nursing home abuse and neglect cases, sexual abuse cases, carbon-monoxide poisoning cases, food poisoning cases, cases involving eye injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and many others.
Car Accident Cases in Overton County
Of course, we handle a tremendous number of car wrecks, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents and tractor-trailer crashes.
There are roughly 4.5 million licensed Tennessee drivers, and Tennessee has a substantial interstate system comprised of I-65, I-40, I-24, I-75, I-81, I-55, I-26 and many others. In fact, the State has more than a thousand miles of interstate, which brings lots of out-of state travelers and truckers through our state.
Unfortunately, some truckers are not in compliance with regulations about the condition of their trucks, their service hours, etc. Some drivers are under the influence, speeding or inattentive. Texting while driving is a big distraction on the roadways especially with younger drivers. These distractions and violations can cause serious accidents.
From 2015 to 2019, Overton County ranked 48th in the overall crash rate. The county's fatal crash rate was 70th and its injury crash rate was 42nd. The motorcycle crash rate for Overton county was 57th. The State also collects data on alcohol-related accidents. Overton County was 88th in alcohol-related fatal crashes and 87th in alcohol-related injury crashes. The speeding crash rate was 55th. Young drivers (ages 15 to 24) had a crash rate of 48th and senior drivers (ages 65+) had a crash rate of 44th.
We Can Help You and Your Family
If you have been involved in an accident that was someone else's fault, there are several potential claims:
- A claim against the other driver and/or his insurance company.
- A claim against your own insurance company for uninsured or underinsured benefits (depending upon the language of your insurance policy).
- A claim against the other driver's employer, if the other driver was on the job at the time of the wreck.
- A product liability claim against the manufacturer of your vehicle if the vehicle did not perform as designed during the accident -- for example, the seat back broke or the airbags did not deploy and these failures caused or exacerbated your injuries.
- A claim against the owner of the other vehicle (if different from the driver) for possible negligent entrustment of the vehicle to an unfit driver.
- A liquor liability claim against the restaurant or bar, if the other driver was served too much alcohol before the accident.
- A claim against the State or contractor for road conditions or construction area conditions.
Each one of these possible claims and others need to be fully investigated and analyzed by an experienced lawyer. Trying to do it yourself is unwise for several reasons. First, the law and the process can be confusing and exhausting without a solid legal team to help you navigate through them. Second, without a seasoned advocate, you might settle for less than your claim is truly worth. Third, after an accident, your time and effort is best spent getting better and recovering from the wreck. Let us do the work for you -- we have recovered millions and millions of dollars for our satisfied clients and we can help you too.
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Will I Have To Go To Court?
We understand no one wants to go to court, so we try to settle your case if it can be done for a fair and reasonable amount. But if the defendant or the insurance company does not want to be fair, we will not hesitate to take them to court.
If your case can not be settled and a lawsuit must be filed, Overton County is located in the 13th Judicial District. The judges for the Circuit Court of the 13th Judicial District:
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.
In Overton County, for the 2010-2011 reporting period, only 19 tort cases (claims for personal injury or wrongful death) were filed. During that same time, only one case went to trial and the injured party did not win. For the 2011-2012 reporting period, 14 tort cases were filed in Overton County and not a single case went to trial. During the 2012-2013 reporting period, 19 tort cases were filed in Overton County, but zero tort cases were actually tried. In 2013-2014, 15 tort cases were filed but again none went to trial. In 2014-2015, only three tort cases were filed and, for the fourth year in a row, none were tried. During 2015-2016 13 tort cases were filed, but none went to trial. For 2016-2017, 24 tort cases were filed but none were tried. In 2017-2018, 17 tort cases were filed and none were tried. Finally, last year, 13 tort cases were filed and, for the eight year in a row, none were tried. 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 Overton County, please click on the link.
Experience Matters -- Contact Us Today
Our aggressive and award-winning attorneys are here to help you get the maximum compensation reasonably possible. We invite you to review and compare our credentials, our successes, our awards and our client testimonials. Then, call us so we can get started fighting for you and your family. Contact us online or call us toll-free at 866-812-8787 or call us at one of our three Middle Tennessee locations. As always, if you can't come to us for any reason, we will gladly come to you.
We handle all injury and death cases on a contingency basis so we do not get paid unless we win money for you and your family. For more detailed information about our fees and case expenses, click here.