Nashville Rear End Accident Lawyers

Nashville Rear-End Accident Lawyers

Rear-end collisions attorneys in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville

Rear-end accidents in Tennessee often cause back, neck, and shoulder injuries, including whiplash. If the contact is very forceful, the occupants of the front car may suffer permanent or catastrophic injuries. The legal team at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm makes every client feel heard and supported – and we want to help you, too. We go into battle against the insurance companies and make sure that our clients get the compensation they have coming to them. Our Nashville rear-end accident lawyers serve injured clients in East Nashville, Hendersonville, Clarksville, and throughout Tennessee. We never stop fighting the good fight to help you protect your future. We are skilled at showing how the rear-end accident happened and the severity of your injuries. We demand compensation for all your economic and personal damages.

Why do rear-end collisions happen in Tennessee?

Driver inattention and tailgating are the most common causes of rear-end crashes. Drivers are becoming more and more aggressive and distracted on the road, and when they follow so closely behind the vehicle in front of them that they are unable to see their turn signal or brake lights, they have no reaction time when that car unexpectedly slows down or stops.

Some other causes of rear-end collisions include:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Faulty brake lights
  • “Rubbernecking” at another accident on the roadway
  • Animals, children, or pedestrians running into the road
  • Defective road conditions
  • Weather conditions
  • Shifting lanes improperly

Driver inattention/distraction includes texting while driving, talking on a smartphone, looking at a GPS system or the Internet, watching a video – any activity that takes a driver’s mind off traffic, eyes off the road, or hands off the steering wheel.

Tailgating means not leaving enough distance between your car and the car in front in the event the driver needs to stop suddenly.

What types of injuries do rear-end accidents cause?

Being in a rear-end auto accident can leave you with injuries, from a bump on the head to severe internal bleeding, which can have a lasting impact on your quality of life. Some of the most common injuries from rear collisions include:

  • Neck and shoulder injuries (whiplash). Whiplash is an injury that occurs when the G-forces at work in a car crash cause the neck and spine to snap violently in and out of their normal range of motion. The snapping forward and then back as the moving car collides with the stationary car can cause extensive damage to the neck, spine, and shoulders.
  • Back injuries. Depending on the speed of the moving car during the collision and the person's location in the front vehicle, they could receive an injury ranging from a sprain to a herniated disc. In a worst-case scenario, the spine may be damaged so severely that a person is left paralyzed.
  • Face and head injuries. Sometimes the head could strike the steering wheel, or a passenger's head could strike the windshield that lacerations, bruises, and traumatic brain injuries could occur.
  • Wrist, hand, and arm injuries. The violent forces of the collision can cause your hands or fingers to smash into anything in the car, causing broken bones and other injuries.
  • Seatbelt injuries. In the course of restraining you from the impact of the sudden stop, the seatbelt can leave lacerations on the shoulder, neck, and hip.
  • Other injuries. These may include nerve damage, internal organ damage, and muscle damage.

If the car in the rear is traveling fast enough and is big enough, the occupants of the car in front could suffer spinal cord damage, broken bones, and other serious injuries.

Are there any special issues involved with rear-end crashes in Nashville?

In virtually all rear-end accidents, the driver who makes the first strike is liable for the accident. Some rear-end accidents involve chain reactions where Car A rear-ends Car B, which then rear-ends Car C – yours. Generally, the driver of Car A is liable for this chain of events.

Sometimes the driver of the car (Car A) that starts the chain reaction will claim another driver struck them and then took off, essentially saying that they didn’t cause the accident – the missing hit-and-run driver caused the accident. This claim usually fails unless the driver of Car A can show there actually was a fourth vehicle.

Our Nashville car accident lawyers have heard all the explanations and excuses for rear-end collisions. We’re skilled at showing how the accident really happened and who is responsible.

How much is my rear-end accident claim worth?

Often, the severity of the damage to the back end of your car is a strong indicator of how serious your injuries are. There may be exceptions, however, as every crash is unique. We work with your doctors to show just how serious your injuries are. We demand compensation for all your current and future damages, including:

  • Your medical expenses, including ER care, doctor visits, rehabilitation therapy, and medications
  • Your lost income and benefits, including a permanent inability to work
  • Your physical pain and emotional suffering
  • The damage to your car
  • The loss of enjoyment of life’s pleasures, including loss of consortium (marital enjoyment)

Do you have a rear-end accident lawyer near me?

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm has four convenient locations.

  • Our Nashville office is located at Mainstream Drive, #105.
  • Our East Nashville office is located at 615 Main Street, B21.
  • Our offices in Hendersonville and Clarksville.

When necessary, we can meet accident victims at their homes, hospitals, by phone, or through video conference.

The knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm know how to investigate an accident, find out who is at fault, and fight for compensation for our clients. If you are looking for an advocate to champion your cause, we are ready to be of service.

Contact our Nashville rear-end accident lawyers today

The legal team at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm welcomes you any time for a free consultation with our experienced attorneys. We have the experience and resources to help you obtain justice. Our Nashville rear-end accident lawyers have an impressive record of large, negotiated settlements and jury verdicts. Call our offices today or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Nashville, East Nashville, Hendersonville, Clarksville, and in all areas of East Tennessee. We handle rear-end collision claims on a contingency fee basis.

Visit our Nashville Offices

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

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
615 Main St., B21,
Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: (615) 393-8585