Nashville Auto Accident Lawyer
Both auto accident fatalities and serious injuries rose by five percent in 2012 as compared to the previous year, a disturbing statistic because the number had been steadily declining since 2005, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Approximately 36,200 people died in traffic crashes in 2012 and an additional 3.9 million were injured severely enough to need medical attention.
About 70,000 car accidents occur annually in the state, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety, causing more than 1000 deaths and around 50,000 injuries.
A person who has lost a close family member or suffered serious injuries in a Tennessee car crash caused buy another driver’s negligence is entitled to make a claim against the at-fault driver.
Driver Behaviors that Cause Accidents
Many auto accidents result from poor driving behaviors and driver negligence.
These are some of the most common negligent driving behaviors that lead to accidents:
- Driving aggressively
- Distracted driving: cell phone use; texting; rubbernecking; daydreaming; eating and drinking; use of GPS, radio, or CD player; reading a map or written directions, etc.
- Driving while over-fatigued
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs
- Making unsafe turns; failing to use turn signals
- Failing to yield right-of-way
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Making unsafe lane changes
Types of Car Collisions
Some common types of car collisions include
- Rear Impact
What to do Following an Auto Accident
What you do immediately following an accident can affect the value of your case. The most important things to do are to call the police and get prompt medical attention. Discussion with the other driver should be limited to exchanging names, insurance information, and plate numbers. Do not discuss who was at fault, and do not discuss your physical condition, other than to ask for someone to call the police and have them request an ambulance if you need one. Many injuries are not apparent immediately following an accident, but symptoms often begin to appear hours or days later. If possible, take photos of all cars involved in the accident.
Get checked the same day at an emergency room or urgent care clinic, or by your personal physician.
When the insurance company for the at-fault driver contacts you, avoid giving a statement or signing any releases or other paperwork. The insurance company is interested only in paying as little as possible, not in providing you with fair compensation.
Nashville Board-Certified Auto Accident Lawyer
As soon as you can, contact an experienced car accident lawyer. Choose an attorney who limits his practice to personal injury and wrongful death cases. Board-certified personal injury attorney Phillip Miller is one of the most experienced lawyers in Nashville. He has a thirty-year track record of recovering money for car accidents victims and has earned the highest possible rating with Martindale-Hubbell, AVVO, and Super Lawyers. He’ll handle the insurance company, launch an immediate investigation of the accident, and if necessary, call on traffic safety experts to prove that the other driver was at fault. He’ll gather proof of your damages—economic damages such as medical expenses and lost earnings, and non-economic damages, like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you’ve lost a family member or suffered a serious injury in a Tennessee car crash, call Miller & Associates for a free consultation. Time limits apply, so protect your rights by calling today. We take cases on a contingency fee arrangement, so you pay nothing unless we win money for you.