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Nashville Car Accident Attorneys

Auto accident lawyers representing people who have been injured in Nashville & throughout Tennessee

There really is no such thing as a “minor” car accident: after all, even a “fender bender” still has enough force to bend metal. With millions of cars, commercial trucks, transport vehicles and other types of automobiles on the road, the chances of you being in a car accident are high. The real question is: when push comes to shove, don’t you want the Nashville auto accident attorney that you know and trust, fighting on your behalf?

If you have been catastrophically injured or a loved one has been killed in a car wreck or other automobile accident, the Nashville car accident lawyers at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm have the experience and skill to help you rebuild your life and collect the damages you deserve. We worked hard to build our reputation as skilled negotiators and aggressive litigators on behalf of those hurt in auto accidents throughout the state. Whether you come to see us in Nashville, in Hendersonville or in Clarksville, you can rest easy that you will find a tough car accident attorney when you need one the most.

What Five Things Should I Do After a Car Accident?

If you're injured in a car accident in Tennessee, there are five things you should do immediately after the wreck.

What to Do After a Car Accident

1: If you are hurt at the scene, you should get in the ambulance and go to the hospital to get immediate treatment.

2: As soon as you are physically able to do so, take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and the vehicle that hit you. If you don't get pictures of the vehicle that hit you, oftentimes the insurance company will call your accident a fender bender and try to pay you less, even when it wasn't.

3: Take pictures of your injuries. It's important to document any physical injuries on your person.

4: Get a copy of the crash report and review it. Oftentimes, there are witnesses listed there who are important to your claim and oftentimes, we find that the police officers get the information wrong. They put you in the wrong lane. They label the vehicles wrong. You need to make sure of the accuracy of the crash report. And number five and probably most importantly:

5: Call a personal injury lawyer. At my law firm we've represented accident victims for almost 20 years. If you've been injured in an accident, and after you do these five things, you call us for help. Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, 615-425-2500 or log on at

Fighting for the compensation you deserve after a car accident

We understand how stressful and painful it can be for the victims of auto accidents and their families. While you recover from your injuries following a crash, our Nashville car accident attorneys work to help you recover the compensation you deserve in court. Our law firm has extensive experience representing clients in car accident cases throughout Tennessee.

What types of accidents cause serious injury?

Our attorneys are capable of handling any kind of auto accident case for our clients, We treat each case with the utmost importance, and are dedicated to providing clients with aggressive and dedicated representation in court. We do battle with insurance companies to ensure that they provide you with the coverage and compensation that you are entitled to. Even if you caused the accident in question, we work to minimize your liability and provide a vigorous defense of your case in court.

What are the most dangerous types of collisions?

What are the most dangerous motor vehicle collisions in Tennessee? There are many different types of car wrecks that can happen. T-bones, head-on collisions, side swipes, rear-ends, single motor vehicle collisions. All of them can be dangerous and lead to injury. What makes a motor vehicle collision the most dangerous is speed. When speed is involved, people get hurt seriously. If you've been hurt seriously in a motor vehicle collision, call us at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm at (615) 425-2500, or reach out at

If you feel like everybody's against you and nothings coming out right and you've been hurt, there's somebody out there looking for you and his name is Rocky.

Common injuries sustained by auto accident victims

At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we have worked with hundreds of people injured in car accidents in Tennessee. We know that the type of injury you sustain can heal quickly or not at all, and that there is no set equation for how serious the effects might be on your life. Our Nashville car wreck attorneys have successfully represented families seeking compensation after one of the loved ones suffered:

  • A traumatic brain injury
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Whiplash
  • A spinal cord injury
  • Partial, total, temporary and/or permanent paralysis
  • Permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • Loss of limb
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Internal organ or tissue damage
  • Neck, head and shoulder injuries
  • Broken bones

Under the most tragic of circumstances, we have represented the families in wrongful death proceedings resulting from a car accident in Tennessee.

What if I Don't Notice Any Signs of Injury?

You May Not See Signs Immediately

The thing to remember is this: just because you do not immediately see signs of an injury after a car wreck, does not mean you have not been injured.

Swelling can hide internal damage; adrenaline can help you walk on a broken ankle; a traumatic brain injury may need time to present its symptoms. The single most important thing to do after a car accident is to seek immediate medical attention. If you are injured, come visit a Nashville car crash attorney from the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm to see about your options.

What is whiplash?

If you've been involved in a motor vehicle accident, particularly a rear-end accident, you may be suffering from whiplash symptoms. Whiplash occurs with sudden deceleration/acceleration forces. When a rear-end accident occurs, your head first goes back toward the force and then snaps back forward, depending on how fast you may have going or sitting still. When that happens, the injury occurs in the neck. It's called, in layman's terms, “whiplash,” but in medical terms a sprain or strain. A sprain or strain injury is a tearing, either large full, or small partial, to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck. Now these injuries can be as painful as broken bones and can take as long to heal.

Normally, a whiplash will resolve, and the symptoms begin to fade in about two months. From two to six months, a whiplash will clear up. If it takes longer than six months, then your whiplash could become chronic and lead to a permanent injury.

Types of evidence that can help your Tennessee car accident claim

Every car crash case is won or lost based on how convincing the evidence is. The better the evidence, the more money you are likely to get. Obtaining sufficient evidence involves sending investigators to speak with witnesses, reviewing police reports, and making a thorough study of the accident scene. A qualified Nashville car accident attorney works with your treating doctors and independent physicians, if you are injured, to properly document your medical treatments, physical pain, and emotional suffering to make a case for just compensation.

Evidence at the car accident site

Each case begins with proving that someone else caused your accident. If a person is seriously injured, he/she will likely be taken to the emergency room. Ideally, before going to the ER, the victim or a friend will:

  • Get the name, address, driver’s license, and insurance information from the other drivers. The police will routinely ask for this information also.
  • Get the names and contact information for any witnesses. This includes names, addresses, and phone numbers.
  • Call the police. Local law enforcement should speak to the drivers and witnesses, describe the scene, and help anyone who suffered any type of injury. Police reports are an essential piece of evidence.
  • Take photographs. If possible, pictures should be taken of the scene and of the damage to the vehicles. The location and extent of the damage to the vehicles can often show who was at fault for the accident.

In some cases, we work with traffic reconstruction experts to show that another driver caused the collision.

Physical damage

Anyone injured in a Tennessee car accident should again take photos of the car before any work is done. They should get detailed records of any estimates for car repairs and any receipts for fixing the car. The receipts should make clear exactly what work was done and what part of the car was repaired. Car rental receipts should also be obtained for the time you couldn’t drive the car. If the car was totaled, you should get a statement from the car repair shop as to the why it was totaled.

Physical injuries

This evidence is a major portion of your case. The car accident victim should document each health care provider he/she sees, when the visit took place, and the reason for the visit. It is wise to obtain the following records:

  • Hospital statements showing the dates of service and the medical treatments for each injury, for ER visits, and for any other reason the victim was in the hospital
  • Physician bills and summaries of services
  • Medication costs for prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • The costs for any medical devices, such as braces or wheelchairs
  • All visits for occupational, rehabilitative, and physical therapy
  • The medical records if the victim saw a psychologist, psychiatrist, or mental health counselor
  • The results of any diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans

Patients should also keep a journal of their daily pain, frustrations, and loss of life’s pleasures.

Why should you see a doctor and lawyer immediately?

Delay can hurt your case legally. If you wait to see a doctor, the insurance company and defense counselors will argue that you’re faking or a malingerer. They’ll say that if you were really hurt, you would have seen a doctor immediately. Don’t give the defense an advantage. It’s good medical and legal practice to see your family doctor or go to the ER after any type of accident – even if you’re feeling fine.

Leveling the playing field for our clients

Every year, many people are injured due to mechanical failures and design defects present in vehicles. Toyota recently made national headlines for knowingly allowing cars to be sold with defective accelerators that made it impossible for drivers to stop their vehicles. These manufacturers have little regard for the lives of their customers, and to make matters worse, they often hire teams of skilled attorneys to defend their actions in court.

Rocky McElhaney and his team of Nashville car accident attorneys work to level the playing field for our clients, and have the resources and ability to wage battle against auto manufacturers. We investigate the crime scene thoroughly and use accident reconstruction experts to show juries how the accident occurred. We routinely use experts in mechanics and automotive design to prove that defects existed in the vehicle. We also use board certified psychologists and highly respected medical experts to evaluate the extent of your injuries, and have economic experts who develop detailed reports that show the judge and jury how much compensation you should collect for your injuries.

We go the extra mile to maximize your compensation, and will not stop until you get the results you deserve.

Learn more about car accidents in Nashville from our experienced attorneys

Breaking Down Your Car Accident Settlement

How Auto Accident Reconstruction Experts Find the Cause of a Car Crash

Comparative Negligence in Tennessee Car Crashes

I Was Hurt in a Crash, but I Wasn’t Wearing A Seat Belt. Can I Claim Damages?

“Failure to Yield” on the Police Report Doesn’t Mean It’s All Your Fault

Other information you may want to know after a car accident

What is My Case Worth?

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer after a Car Accident?

Claiming Lost Wages After a Car Accident Injury

Let Rocky fight for you today

Call Rocky at 615-425-2500 or contact the firm online to schedule an initial consultation. From our offices on world famous Music Row in Nashville, the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm represents clients throughout the state of Tennessee, including Knoxville, Memphis, Hendersonville, Columbia, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga and Kingsport. Our experienced Nashville car accident lawyers are ready to provide you with the representation you need and the results you want.

Visit our Nashville Office

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
545 Mainstream Dr., #105
Nashville, TN 37228
Phone: (615) 425-2500