Nashville Car Accident Lawyers
Aggressive auto accident lawyers in Nashville
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, Hendersonville, or Clarksville, you can rest easy that you will find a tough car accident attorney when you need one the most.
How can we help?
- How dangerous are Nashville car accidents?
- What types of car accidents do you handle?
- What are the most serious car accident injuries in Nashville?
- What is whiplash?
- What are the common causes of car accidents in Tennessee?
- Who is responsible for a Nashville car accident?
- What steps should I take after my car accident?
- How much is my Nashville car accident worth?
- How long do I have to file an auto accident lawsuit in Tennessee?
- Do you have a car accident lawyer near me?
"When I was a teenager, Dad got hurt. Insurance company wouldn't pay. We lost our house. But, Dad got a lawyer and we got justice. That's the moment I decided to become an attorney. As a lawyer, I have dedicated my life to helping injury victims."
~ Nashville car accident lawyer Rocky McElhaney
How dangerous are Nashville car accidents?
According to the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, through July 7, 2022, there were more than 3,000 traffic accidents in Tennessee and 633 deaths. In 2021, there were 192,959 accidents statewide, resulting in 47,046 injuries and 1,264 deaths. That same year:
- In Davidson County, there were 8,742 vehicle accidents and 122 fatalities.
- In Sumner County, there were 830 vehicle accidents and 20 fatalities.
- In Montgomery County, there were 1,178 vehicle accidents and 31 fatalities.
What types of car accidents do you handle?
Our Nashville car accident lawyers represent injured clients and families in every type of car accident including:
At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we send investigators to speak with witnesses, review police reports, and make a thorough study of the accident scene. In some cases, we work with traffic reconstruction experts to show how the accident happened, and who is responsible.
What are the most serious car accident injuries in Nashville?
In the best case scenario, you will walk away from a crash with little to no injury – but many people are not that lucky. Our Nashville car accident attorneys have spent years fighting for people who sustained catastrophic, life-altering injuries in crashes. Some of the most serious car accident injuries include:
Under the most tragic of circumstances, we have represented the families in wrongful death proceedings resulting from a car accident in Tennessee.
At 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.
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.
What are the common causes of car accidents in Tennessee?
Most car accidents are caused by driver negligence such as:
- Driving while distracted – texting while driving, using a cell phone, eating, drinking, looking at a GPS system, and other types of distraction
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Not being properly rested
- Speeding, running through a red light, or other Tennessee traffic violations
- Driving too fast for weather or traffic conditions
Some car accidents are caused by defective car parts such as defective brakes, electrical systems, airbags, seatbelts, and fuel lines.
Who is responsible for a Nashville car accident?
At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we file claims against all responsible defendants. The defendants include one or more of the following:
- A driver
- The owner of the car if different than the driver
- An employer of the driver
- A manufacturer of a defective auto part
- The Tennessee Department of Transportation or any entity/agency responsible for the design and maintenance of the road
- A seller of alcohol to a minor or someone who was visibly intoxicated
Other defendants may also be liable depending on how the Nashville car accident happened.
What do I do if bad roads caused my car accident in Nashville?
Not every car accident involves another driver’s negligence. Sometimes, we get phone calls from people involved in single-vehicle wrecks who are trying to find out if there is any way to recover due to “bad” roads. The short answer is that in some cases, we have been able to help people involved in single-car accidents caused by a dangerous road condition. It may be possible to recover from the entity that is responsible for maintaining the area of road where the injury occurred.
What steps should I take after my Nashville car accident?
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 also routinely ask for this information.
- Get the names and contact information of 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.
- Keep medical records. The car accident victim should document each health care provider he/she sees, when the visit took place, and the reason for the visit. Patients should also keep a journal of their daily pain, frustrations, and loss of life’s pleasures.
Our seasoned Nashville car accident attorneys work 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.
Should I see a doctor immediately after a car accident in Nashville?
Delay can hurt your case legally. If you wait to see a doctor after any type of personal injury, 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.
How much is my Nashville car accident worth?
Every car accident case is different, so we can’t say how much a case is worth until after we’ve reviewed all your injuries with your doctors, your employers, and most importantly – you. Our Nashville car accident lawyers demand compensation for all your current and future damages including:
- Medical bills
- Lost income and benefits
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Property damage
- Loss of function, loss of life’s pleasure, and loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses (in cases of the wrongful death of your loved one)
In some cases, we demand punitive damages. These are not awarded often; only in cases where the negligent party was found to be especially reckless.
We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis which means we only receive compensation if your case settles, or there is a verdict in your favor. Even the initial consultation is free.
If I’m partially at-fault for my car accident, should I still call a lawyer?
Truth be told, you may have no idea who was more at fault for the wreck, or what the exact percentage of fault is on either party. This percentage is dependent upon all the facts of your case that develop through investigation and litigation leading up to trial. If you have been hurt or injured in the wreck and have found yourself in this very complicated situation, take heart. You don’t have to wave your white flag just yet. Our experienced car accident attorneys can help.
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. Your case may have a shorter statute of limitations, or – for minor victims – it could be longer. The best thing you can do after a crash is call one of our Nashville car accident lawyers so we can get started right away.
Do you have a car accident lawyer near me?
Rocky McElhaney Law Firm has four convenient locations throughout Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville. We do make alternate arrangements for clients who cannot come to our office because of their health.
545 Mainstream Dr #105
East Nashville Location
615 Main St., B21
475 Saundersville Rd.
2197 Madison Street, Suite 103
Our lawyers have earned the label “Gladiator in Suits” because of our dedication to our clients, our preparation, our persuasiveness, and our strong record of settlements and verdicts.
Let Rocky fight for you today
Call Rocky at 615-425-2500 or contact the firm 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 Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville. Our experienced Nashville car accident lawyers are ready to provide you with the representation you deserve.