Nashville Accident Attorney - Tennessee Auto Accident Lawyer
David Randolph Smith
David Randolph Smith Edmund J. Schmidt III
Phone:(615) 742-1775
Toll-Free:(800) 394-2119
Fax: (615) 742-1223
info@drslawfirm.com







Nashville Accident Attorney
Tennesse Auto Accident Lawyer

We have successfully handled handled fatality and serious injury auto, motorcyle and tractor-trailer accident cases in Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia resulting in multi-million dollar settlements and judgments. Experience and qualifications matter. Our firm represents victims of all kinds of auto accidents, including: Motorcycle wrecks, Boating accidents, ATV crashes and Truck accidents.

If you were involved in an auto accident in Tennessee, Alabama or Kentucky, call the Nashville law firm of David Randolph Smith & Associates at (615) 742-1775 to speak with a respected personal injury and wrongful death attorney.

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David Randolph Smith is Certified as a Civil Litigation Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.

Mr. Smith is also certified as a Medical Malpractice Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.

He was formerly a professor of law at Vanderbilt University Law School for five years and taught Torts -- the legal course in law school that covers the law of negligence, accident and injury.

Mr. Smith continues to teach seminars and continuing legal education courses to attorneys:

Automotive Accident Litigation

Certification requires proof that the attorney is in good standing, is substantially involved in litigating and trying cases (including minimum trial day requirements), has met continuing legal education requirements and has been subjected to peer review by persons against whom they have tried cases, as well as judges before whom they have appeared.

Fewer than 1% of Tennessee's attorneys are certified as Civil Trial Specialists and only 10 attorneys are certified as Medical Malpractice Specialists.

According to government statistics, approximately 40,000 Americans die in car accidents on U.S. roads each year. We are respected Nashville personal injury attorneys and Tennessee wrongful death lawyers with over 50 years of combined experience helping car accident victims and their families in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

Actions taken shortly after a car crash accident (or boat or motorcycle accident) often have a dramatic effect on the outcome of litigation. Appropriate steps to preserve collision physical evidence, investigate the accident scene and wreck, take witness statements are all essential to success.

Physical evidence in the form of debris fields and skid marks, if available, need to be evaluated by a well qualified accident reconstructionist as soon as possible. Photographs of the accident scene need to be taken immediately after the accident. Witness statements need to be taken promptly in order to preserve critical evidence.

We stand ready to represent you and to promptly take the action necessary to gather and preserve important evidence in order to obtain a successful outcome for you.

Several factors should be considered by a prospective client in seeking quality legal representation when an auto, motorcycle or tractor-trailer accident occurs:

  • Time is of the essence - an investigation should be completed promptly.
  • A firm should be ready to investigate on short notice.
  • A firm should have the ability to investigate quickly
  • The firm routinely uses private airplanes for this purpose
  • A firm should be able to evaluate medical issues -Mr. Smith is certified in medical malpractice and the firm uses nurses and conslutants to assist with preparation of medical proof.

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  • Auto Accidents Frequently Asked Questions

    What should I do if I have a car accident in Tennessee or elsewhere?

    Keep calm. Call or have someone call the police. Be polite and courteous to any police or emergency personnel. The parties involved should only get the other party's name, address, license number, plate number, insurer, date, and time of accident, and the names and addresses of witnesses.
    Call the police if you collide with a parked or unattended vehicle, a tree, or other property and cause significant damage. You will need a police-filed accident report to make an insurance claim. If the damage is small, try to locate the property owner and report the accident. If the owner of the damaged property can't be found, leave a note with your name, address, and phone number. You can leave this information on a damaged car or at a house where the damage occurred. If you have questions, contact our auto accident lawyers in Tennessee. We can help.

    What not to do if after a car accident in Tennessee?

    Don't say, "I'm not hurt." It could be several days before you realize the extent of your injuries. A better response would be: "I'll let them check me at the hospital, but I am not in any pain at this moment."

    Don't say, "I should have seen him", or "I wasn't looking." We are all embarrassed by being in an accident and tend to deny injury and accept responsibility. Our auto accident attorneys in Tennessee can help you through these situations.

    What should I do after I have left the scene of the car accident?

    Whether your car accident occurred in Tennessee, or in another state, you should immediately report the incident, however slight, to your insurance company. Your insurance company should be notified before you authorize repairs to your car.

    Do not sign anything that says "Release," or "in full satisfaction of all claims." This language is sometimes printed on checks even when only partial payment is being made.

    Take pictures of the damage to your car, particularly if it was towed and is now in a storage lot. Have someone take pictures of your injuries. This could be important evidence in the future.

    Your memory of what happened may fade by the time you settle your case. It is a good idea to record when the accident occurred and keep a log of dates and incidents pertaining to your accident. For more tips like these, contact one of our helpful auto accident lawyers in our Tennessee offices.

    What if the other driver is at fault and has no insurance?

    If you have uninsured motorist coverage, your own insurance company will step in and pay as if they were the guilty driver's insurance company. If your case is filed in court, your insurance company will hire an auto accident lawyer to defend the other driver and will pay any amounts the court orders the guilty driver to pay. Naturally, the insurance company only has to pay amounts up to the policy limits you purchased. More questions? Contact our knowledgeable auto accident lawyers in Tennessee.

    Will my policy pay for a rental car if my car is damaged?

    This varies from policy to policy, but typically, auto rental is paid for the period between the car accident and repair or until such time as the vehicle is appraised as a total loss. Insurance adjusters will typically offer to pay only the least expensive rates available for rental. Our auto accident attorneys in Tennessee can answer more of your questions.

    If my car is totaled, will insurance pay off my car note?

    Not necessarily. Your recovery will be for the actual cash value of the car, not the amount owed. The term actual cash value refers to what it would cost to replace your damaged vehicle with one similar in condition and mileage. Conditions such as un-repaired previous damage and tire wear are all considered in determining actual cash value. If your car has been financed, the actual cash value may be much less than the money owed. Our car accident lawyers in Tennessee can find out more information like this for you.

    What is the meaning of "subrogation" when applied to my automobile insurance?

    When your insurance company pays you for a loss caused by another driver, the company may recover the full amount of their payments made from that other party. This also means if your insurance company pays you, you will have to cooperate with them as they sue the other party. You must repay your insurance company any amounts they have paid you if your claim against someone else is successful. There are some situations where the subrogation interests at an insurance carrier can be waived or defeated altogether. These are complex issues that require the advice of one of our auto accident attorneys in Tennessee

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your case and provide legal advice with confidentially and free of charge.

The Nashville personal injury and medical malpractice law firm of David Randolph Smith & Associates serves clients throughout Tennessee in communities such as Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Murfreesboro, Jackson, Johnson City, Franklin, Hendersonville, Bartlett, Cleveland, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Lebanon, Brentwood, Springfield, Dickson, Davidson County, Shelby County, Knox County, Hamilton County, Rutherford County, Williamson County, Robertson County, Cheatham County, Maury County and Montgomery County. We also serve clients in Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi and Illinois. AL, KY, IN, MS, IL.

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Auto Accidents Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I have a car accident in Tennessee or elsewhere?

Keep calm. Call or have someone call the police. Be polite and courteous to any police or emergency personnel. The parties involved should only get the other party's name, address, license number, plate number, insurer, date, and time of accident, and the names and addresses of witnesses.
Call the police if you collide with a parked or unattended vehicle, a tree, or other property and cause significant damage. You will need a police-filed accident report to make an insurance claim. If the damage is small, try to locate the property owner and report the accident. If the owner of the damaged property can't be found, leave a note with your name, address, and phone number. You can leave this information on a damaged car or at a house where the damage occurred. If you have questions, contact our auto accident lawyers in Tennessee. We can help.

What not to do if after a car accident in Tennessee?

Don't say, "I'm not hurt." It could be several days before you realize the extent of your injuries. A better response would be: "I'll let them check me at the hospital, but I am not in any pain at this moment."

Don't say, "I should have seen him", or "I wasn't looking." We are all embarrassed by being in an accident and tend to deny injury and accept responsibility. Our auto accident attorneys in Tennessee can help you through these situations.

What should I do after I have left the scene of the car accident?

Whether your car accident occurred in Tennessee, or in another state, you should immediately report the incident, however slight, to your insurance company. Your insurance company should be notified before you authorize repairs to your car.

Do not sign anything that says "Release," or "in full satisfaction of all claims." This language is sometimes printed on checks even when only partial payment is being made.

Take pictures of the damage to your car, particularly if it was towed and is now in a storage lot. Have someone take pictures of your injuries. This could be important evidence in the future.

Your memory of what happened may fade by the time you settle your case. It is a good idea to record when the accident occurred and keep a log of dates and incidents pertaining to your accident. For more tips like these, contact one of our helpful auto accident lawyers in our Tennessee offices.

What if the other driver is at fault and has no insurance?

If you have uninsured motorist coverage, your own insurance company will step in and pay as if they were the guilty driver's insurance company. If your case is filed in court, your insurance company will hire an auto accident lawyer to defend the other driver and will pay any amounts the court orders the guilty driver to pay. Naturally, the insurance company only has to pay amounts up to the policy limits you purchased. More questions? Contact our knowledgeable auto accident lawyers in Tennessee.

Will my policy pay for a rental car if my car is damaged?

This varies from policy to policy, but typically, auto rental is paid for the period between the car accident and repair or until such time as the vehicle is appraised as a total loss. Insurance adjusters will typically offer to pay only the least expensive rates available for rental. Our auto accident attorneys in Tennessee can answer more of your questions.

If my car is totaled, will insurance pay off my car note?

Not necessarily. Your recovery will be for the actual cash value of the car, not the amount owed. The term actual cash value refers to what it would cost to replace your damaged vehicle with one similar in condition and mileage. Conditions such as un-repaired previous damage and tire wear are all considered in determining actual cash value. If your car has been financed, the actual cash value may be much less than the money owed. Our car accident lawyers in Tennessee can find out more information like this for you.

What is the meaning of "subrogation" when applied to my automobile insurance?

When your insurance company pays you for a loss caused by another driver, the company may recover the full amount of their payments made from that other party. This also means if your insurance company pays you, you will have to cooperate with them as they sue the other party. You must repay your insurance company any amounts they have paid you if your claim against someone else is successful. There are some situations where the subrogation interests at an insurance carrier can be waived or defeated altogether. These are complex issues that require the advice of one of our auto accident attorneys in Tennessee.


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