Auto Accident Overview
You go to great lengths to protect yourself and your family every time you head out on the roadway, but not all drivers show the same commitment to safety when they’re behind the wheel. Even if you follow all the rules of the road and err on the side of caution, you can still be seriously injured by negligent and careless drivers.
Car accidents happen every day in Tennessee. In fact, there were nearly 200,000 auto accidents in the state in 2015. Of those accidents, 48,752 resulted in people suffering injuries and 918 resulted in deaths.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville car accident lawyers are here to fight for the rights of injured auto accident victims. We have helped people in Davidson County and throughout Middle Tennessee who were injured in car accidents for more than two decades, and we know what it takes to build strong claims that get results.Get the Information You Need about Car Accidents
If you or someone you know was recently injured in an auto accident, it’s vital that you contact an attorney who can take the stress of the accident off your shoulders and help you focus on the two most important things: getting better and spending time with your family.
Our legal team knows the ins-and-outs of Tennessee car accident law, and we can investigate all types of car accidents and help victims like you get compensation for medical bills and lost wages.
To learn more about how we can assist you during this difficult time, be sure to read the following pages:
What to Do after an Accident
The seconds, minutes, hours, and days after an auto accident can be confusing and traumatic—especially if you’ve never been in this situation before and don’t know what to do. Our Nashville auto accident attorneys know how important it is for drivers to understand the right steps to take after accidents to best protect their health and their rights to compensation, and we created this guide to help you navigate those difficult days after the crash.
Side Impact Accidents
Whether the accident occurred on the driver’s side or passenger’s side of your vehicle, there’s a good chance the people on the side of the impact suffered serious injuries. Side impact collisions are often due to traffic violations such as running stop signs and red lights. We’ll investigate your side-impact crash and hold the negligent driver responsible for your accident-related expenses.
Failure to Yield Accidents
For traffic to flow smoothly in Nashville and throughout Tennessee, drivers must be prepared to frequently yield to other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Whether it’s at a yield sign, a stop sign, or at a crosswalk, negligent drivers can cause innocent people to suffer serious injuries when they fail to slow down and allow other vehicles and pedestrians to pass in front of them.
All auto accidents can lead to physical and emotional trauma, but they can be even more difficult for victims to deal with when they don’t know who hit them. At Matt Hardin Law, our legal team will work to identify and locate the driver who caused the accident, and if we can’t find them, we’ll pursue other avenues of obtaining compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
When two vehicles collide head-on, the consequences can be disastrous and even fatal for the drivers and passengers. Head-on collisions involve huge amounts of force generated directly at the area where occupants are seated, making them high-risk accidents that frequently cause disabling injuries. Many head-on collisions are due to traffic law violations, and we know how to build strong cases for victims of these types of crashes.
Underinsured/Uninsured Motorists Accidents
If you suffered injuries in an accident and the person who caused the crash was uninsured or underinsured, you aren’t out of luck when it comes to pursuing compensation for your accident-related expenses. Our legal team has two decades of experience fighting for the rights of people who were injured in a variety of accidents and situations, and we have successfully obtained positive resolutions for people who were hurt by uninsured and underinsured drivers.
Distracted Driver Wrecks
Distractions are everywhere, including cars. From smartphones and tablets to advanced stereo systems and GPS navigational displays, many drivers have multiple devices competing for their attention when they’re on the roadway. Although most drivers can put down devices and focus on the roadway, some cannot—and that can lead to serious accidents. We know how to investigate accidents to determine if drivers were distracted, and if they were, we’ll fight to hold them responsible.
When a vehicle rolls over, the occupants are at a high risk of suffering serious injuries. In addition to being vulnerable to flying objects and debris inside the vehicle, drivers and passengers are also at risk of being ejected while the vehicle is rolling. People who are ejected from vehicles are extremely likely to suffer disabling and fatal injuries. If your rollover accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, we’re here to help.
In most cases, rear-end collisions are caused by drivers who follow too closely. Giving other vehicles plenty of room and staying a safe distance back can help reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. However, some drivers tailgate other vehicles, which can result in rear-end crashes when the vehicles in front of them suddenly slow down or stop. We’ll review crash scene evidence to determine if the driver who rear-ended you was following too closely, and then we’ll build a strong claim on your behalf.
Drunk Driving Wrecks
When drivers are under the influence of alcohol, they experience delayed reaction times, blurry vision, poor judgment, and rash decision making. Those factors combine to make them extremely dangerous behind the wheel. In Tennessee, drivers with blood alcohol contents over .08 are considered over the legal limit. If you were injured by a driver who was intoxicated, we can help you file a claim for compensation.
It’s important to stay healthy and active, and walking to school, work, or around town is a great form of exercise. However, it can also be dangerous, especially when drivers fail to give pedestrians the space they need to stay safe. Pedestrian accidents can cause victims to suffer debilitating injuries that can result in extended time away from work. Don’t let your pedestrian accident put you in a bind—contact our legal team.
Major Interstates in Tennessee
Tennessee is home to several heavily trafficked interstates. Many drivers use these interstates every day to commute to work. And while interstates are often the fastest routes to get from city to city, they can be dangerous due to high traffic volumes and high speed limits. If you were involved in an auto accident on an interstate, let us investigate and build a claim on your behalf.
Drugged and Impaired Driving Accidents
Alcohol isn’t the only substance that makes drivers more likely to cause accidents. Illegal drugs, prescription medications, and even over-the-counter medications can cause drivers to experience drowsiness, impaired vision, and poor coordination. Like alcohol, these substances can significantly increase the risk of auto accidents. Our legal team knows how dangerous driving while impaired can be, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get compensation.
Emergency Vehicle Accidents
Police cars, firetrucks, ambulances, and rescue vehicles play vital roles in society. And while the drivers of these vehicles are often highly trained and cautious, they don’t always take the precautions they should—and that can lead to serious accidents. Our legal team may be able to assist you if you were injured by a negligent emergency vehicle driver.
Intersections are one of the most common places where auto accidents occur. Traffic flow is regulated at intersections via the use of traffic lights and stop signs, but drivers don’t always stop when they’re supposed to. If you were injured in an accident because a driver ran a red light or stop sign, you shouldn’t have to pay for your own accident-related expenses. Get in touch with us today.
Whether you’re riding in a taxi or a vehicle used by a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft, you trust your driver to be cautious and follow the rules of the road. However, some drivers speed excessively, run red lights, and take unnecessary risks due to lack of training or experience. We know how to hold taxi companies and their drivers accountable when their negligent training and driving causes others to suffer injuries.
The longer you wait to contact an attorney after an auto accident, the more difficult it can be to get the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When you contact the Nashville car accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law, we’ll act right away and begin preserving evidence, contacting witnesses, and analyzing crash scene debris.
Don’t wait another day to get the help you and your loved ones deserve. Dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form to find out how we can help you today.