Chattanooga Override Accidents
Whenever semi-trucks are involved in an auto accident, catastrophic damages often result. This is particularly true for override crashes. Override accidents occur when a semi-truck runs directly over another car – usually crushing that vehicle. With potentially disabling damage to the vehicles involved, it is common for override accident victims fortunate enough to survive to sustain serious injuries that require them to undergo surgery and treat for several months, if not longer, under a physical and occupational therapist. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to an override accident with a semi-truck, the Chattanooga truck accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are available to speak with you today. The largest Tennessee-based plaintiff’s personal injury law firm, NST has a dedicated team of over 30 lawyers and more than 120 support staff members.Proving Liability for an Override Accident
Depending on the facts, an override truck accident may be caused by the negligent operation of the 18-wheeler, whether it occurs on I-24, I-75, the corner of Chestnut Street and West 4th Street, or elsewhere in Hamilton County. Common factors that lead to override accidents are drowsy driving, speeding, and aggressive or reckless driving. Since some commercial truck drivers are under immense pressure to make their trips as quickly as possible, many drive beyond their physical capabilities in order to satisfy their employer.
Across the United States, commercial trucks are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA imposes strict regulations that not only drivers must follow, but their employers as well. For instance, employers are required to keep log books of their driver’s drive time, conduct thorough background checks before hiring drivers, and properly train their drivers in the operation of their big rigs. If it is found that the employer violated a FMCSA regulation, they could be responsible for the damages that you suffered. The truck driver’s employer can be held indirectly liable as well under the theory of respondeat superior if the employee was acting in the scope and course of his or her employment when the accident occurred. An experienced truck accident lawyer in the Chattanooga area is needed whenever you are involved in a truck accident so that all appropriate parties are identified and all avenues of recovery are pursued.
Establishing liability makes it easier to recover monetary damages. If you were hurt in a trucking accident in Chattanooga, you will have the legal burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that you suffered actual harm caused by the collision. Elements of damages include bills for emergency room and follow up treatment, such as physical therapy. Future medical bills may be awarded too. Lost wages are another form of damages, as are pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.Call NST for a Free Consultation with a Chattanooga Attorney Today
Override accidents have the unfortunate potential to cause catastrophic injuries to those involved. Often, innocent parties are left without the ability to work or care for their families due to the careless actions another driver. Facing a large trucking company will not make matters easier. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Chattanooga attorneys are ready to speak with you today. We serve injured people throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Missouri, including Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Haiti, and Caruthersville. Call our office at 800-529-4004 or submit our online form to schedule your free consultation with a truck crash attorney. NST is the way to go.