Every year, in Tennessee and across the U.S., there are some 6 million car accidents, and many of these result in injuries. Among the most common of these injuries is whiplash, an injury caused by a rapid snapping back and forth of the neck. Though whiplash victims may recover after a few weeks, they may be left with chronic neck pain.

A similar rapid motion can lead to disc herniation. These ruptured discs can press against the nerves of the spine, causing loss of movement. Other common injuries include brain, knee and shoulder injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries can arise when the head is too quickly jarred or if it strikes against something. Mild TBIs are concussions. The severe kind can lead to memory loss and other long-term damage, so it’s important to check for this in the weeks following a crash. The knees can be harmed if they strike the dashboard; in extreme cases, the kneecaps may be shattered. As for the shoulder, it could be bruised, or a ligament could be torn due to the seat belt.

Accident injuries are not always physical. The psychological trauma of an accident may cause one to develop a phobia about driving. They can be liable to suffer panic attacks in the car and stay indoors out of fear.

Those who are harmed through the negligence of another driver may have a personal injury case on their hands, but they may want a lawyer to help them with all the complexities. Tennessee follows a modified comparative negligence rule where plaintiffs who are less than 50% at fault can be eligible for damages. Contributory negligence will, of course, lower any amount that they receive. With a lawyer, victims may strive for the maximum possible settlement at the negotiation table or in the courtroom.