Auto Accidents in Tennessee – Questions and Answers

The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, located in Nashville, Knoxville and Gallatin, Tennessee has helped accident victims recover from their injuries for over 14 years. While each and every auto accident case in Tennessee is unique, there are a few questions we get during nearly every consultation and conversation. We have provided some answers to those questions below. If you need further details, call our office at 615-246-5549.

What should I do following a car accident?

First, you should check if you were injured and call an ambulance, if necessary. In addition, call the police to have a crash report prepared.  If you are able, get contact information and insurance information from the other party involved. Do not say things like, “I’m fine” or “I’m not hurt.” Some injuries may not be apparent immediately and these types of phrases can hurt your claim. Look for witnesses and take photographs of the accident scene and if you are injured, take photos of your injuries as well.

Accident Checklist

  • Seek medical treatment
  • Contact the police to have a crash report prepared
  • Get other driver’s contact information
  • Look for any potential witnesses
  • Do not give a recorded statement
  • Call the Nashville car accident lawyers at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm

How long do I have to file an auto accident lawsuit in Tennessee?

With some limited exceptions, the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit in Tennessee is one year from the date of the accident, but as we may need time to bring in experts and research your case, the sooner you contact us, the better.

Do I have to go to court?

You need to be prepared to go to court because being prepared to do so will bring the maximum potential recovery in your case. However, many cases never reach a judge or jury.

The insurance company’s initial offer is usually the least amount possible, but when the evidence stacks up against them, they will want to avoid the litigation costs and try to settle outside of the courtroom.

Remember, the insurance industry is a business. They fight for their profit. We fight for you!

How much is my auto accident case worth?

The amount you can recover depends on a variety of details including the extent of your injuries, the cost of the medical bills, how severe the negligence of the other driver is, as well as the evidence available and the perceptions and opinions of the judge and/or jury. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we pride ourselves on having the knowledge and resources to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

If you have further questions, call the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm today!

Our compassionate Tennessee car accident attorneys and paralegals can answer most of your questions during one of our free consultations. Schedule one at our Knoxville, Gallatin or Nashville law office on world famous Music Row today by calling 615-246-5549 or contact us online. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we fight for you!