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Multi-Car Accidents

Multi-Car Accidents

Nashville Multi-Car Accident Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights

Personal injury attorneys protecting the rights of the injured throughout Tennessee from offices in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville

Because multiple-vehicle crashes involve more than two vehicles, they are often cause more severe injuries than a two-car collision. The aftermath of a chain-reaction can be absolute chaos with significant injuries and property damage to contend with, along with each of the parties involved pointing fingers at the other as the one who caused the accident in the first place.

The Nashville auto accident attorneys of the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm know what it takes to build a successful case when your future is on the line. We’ve dedicated our lives to protecting the rights of the injured, and we don’t back down when the going gets tough. Our clients in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Knoxville and throughout East Tennessee know that we always have their backs, and we want to help you, too, if you or your loved one was hurt in a horrific chain reaction car crash.

What causes multi-car pileups?

An accident involving multiple cars is usually caused by the same things as a single-vehicle crash – it’s just that there are extenuating circumstances which involve other drivers.

Chain reaction accidents can be caused by poor visibility from fog, rain or snow. When vehicles are moving fast with limited visibility, it is a recipe for disaster. It seems like whenever there is severe weather you can count on hearing a news story of a multiple car pileup on a highway somewhere.

A multi-car pile-up is also more likely to occur in heavy traffic – especially if someone is speeding on the shoulder of the road or while entering or exiting a road. All it takes is one car to smash into another car in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and the next thing you know there are multiple cars involved.

At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we’ve helped countless people who have been hurt in a chain reaction car crash resulting from:

  • Bad weather. Poor visibility and slippery roads can cause chain-reaction accidents on interstate highways and local routes alike. Often drivers are following too closely, given the limited visibility, and they next thing they know they have smashed into the car ahead of them and pushed that car into the next car, and so on.
  • Distracted driving. Texting behind the wheel, applying makeup in the rear-view mirror, shaving, reaching for something out of reach – all of these things can distract the driver from focusing 100 percent of their attention on the road ahead and the other drivers.
  • Drowsy driving. Drivers who would never get behind the wheel when intoxicated somehow feel like it is acceptable to drive when they are dangerously groggy. Falling asleep at the wheel can cause as much damage as driving drunk.
  • Speeding. Or driving too fast for the conditions and following too close to other vehicles in an aggressive manner can end up causing a multi-vehicle pileup with tragic consequences.

Sometimes, a multi-care pileup can be caused by a driver trying to do the right thing, like swerving out of the way of another driver who just hit his or her brakes, or trying to avoid debris on the road. Here in Tennessee, we see a lot accidents caused each year by deer, an by drivers who are trying to avoid hitting an animal that’s dashed into the road.

Injuries resulting from chain reaction accidents

Any car accident can lead to an injury; an accident involving multiple cars can increase the severity of those injuries. Drivers and passengers involved in chain reaction car crashes could suffer:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Cracked skulls
  • Organ damage, including punctured lungs
  • Cuts, lacerations and bruises
  • Hearing or vision loss
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord damage

If the injuries are serious enough, they could necessitate the amputation of a limb, lead to partial or full paralysis or cause permanent brain damage. In the most tragic of circumstances, a multi-car pile-up could lead to the loss of your loved one.

Establishing fault in multi-car pileup accidents

A chain-reaction accident had an inciting incident – one car crashed into another car, or one car sideswiped two cars, or some other scenario occurred causing the front-end of one car to crash into the rear-end of another. When the dust clears and it is time to establish fault, attorneys and insurance companies use accident reconstructionists to help piece together the evidence and figure out what caused the accident to occur, and who or what was at fault. When there are several vehicles involved it can be increasingly challenging to identify whose negligence started it all. What if one driver who was speeding and not paying attention to how close he had come to the car in front, and then before he could react in time he crashed into the car in front – but that driver was so busy texting that she stepped on the gas instead of the brakes and pushed the car ahead of her into an intersection, where both cars were struck by oncoming traffic? Every accident is different and has its own complexities that can be complicated by time of day, weather conditions and countless other factors.

Further complicating the matter is that Tennessee uses a modified form of comparative fault – which means you might not be able to collect all of the compensation you’re entitled to have because you could be found partially at fault for the accident, especially if you were one of the middle cars. This is when you need a skilled Nashville car crash lawyer from Rocky McElhaney Law Firm by your side. We can help you navigate the system and we answer your questions along the way. We never stop fighting for your family or your future.

Contact our experienced auto accident attorney team today

Multi-car pileups can lead to permanent and devastating injuries. When they do, a dedicated Nashville multi-car accident attorney could be the difference between a full recovery and a lifetime of pain and suffering. We invite you to contact the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm by filling out our contact form or calling 615-425-2500. With offices in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville, we’re always right where you need us, when you need us the most.