Columbus Truck Accidents
Accidents involving large trucks, such as tanker trucks or 18-wheelers, are known to result in life-altering injuries or death due to their sheer size and weight as compared to sedans, SUVs, and minivans driven by private citizens. On average, 18-wheelers are more than 20 times heavier than a standard sized car and of course much larger. Thus, it is not hard to imagine what could happen if a fully loaded 18-wheeler crashes into a small car. With the amount of trucks that travel through Columbus each day on U.S. Highways 45 and 82, it is important to know that the Columbus truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are here to help if you or someone you know was injured in a trucking accident. For over 30 years, our attorneys have held trucking companies accountable for injuries they have caused to innocent victims. With a team of over 30 attorneys and more than 120 support staff members, we have the resources and experience needed to handle the complexities that arise in personal injury cases.Paving Your Way Toward Recovery After a Truck Wreck
Interstate truck drivers, like all drivers, are required to follow the rules of the road. Whether it is a Columbus city ordinance, or a Mississippi driving law, all truck drivers must respect the laws of the road and operate their truck in a safe manner. Moreover, commercial truck drivers are also regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Under FMCSA regulations, each truck driver and truck company has to follow a strict set of regulations before and during the operation of their trucks. Failure to do so, either intentionally or accidentally, could place them responsible for any damages suffered by an innocent victim.
Our attorneys regularly handle cases involving large trucks of many types, including, but not limited to:
- Delivery trucks
- Dump trucks
- Tow trucks
In order to hold a truck company or truck driver liable for the accident, you will likely have to prove that they acted negligently. Negligence is generally established by showing that the at-fault party caused the accident to happen by breaching a duty of care that was owed to you – such as violating a regulation under the FMCSA or failing to maintain a safe lookout. If the accident is more complicated and questions of liability are a concern, key pieces of evidence may need to be obtained. Forms of evidence generally obtained in truck accident cases are driver log books, inspection records, black box data from the truck, and background records of the truck driver. A lawyer with experience in handling truck accident cases in Columbus will be able to take the required steps to preserve and collect any evidence that may be used to prove your claim.
Once liability has been established, you may be entitled to any damages that you sustained as a result of the wreck. In most situations, you could be awarded both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are your tangible losses such as your lost wages and medical bills. Non-economic damages are the damages that are intangible such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. In most situations, a personal injury attorney will have to hire an expert to outline your intangible losses.Talk to a Columbus Truck Accident Attorney Today
No one ever expects to be involved in an accident with a large truck. However, these accidents happen all the time and serious, life-altering injuries can easily result. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our attorneys understand the impact a major accident can have on the lives of you and your family. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident with an 18-wheeler or semi-truck, call our office today so that one of our truck accident attorneys can discuss your claim with you. We serve injured parties all across Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Columbus, Tupelo, Jackson, Meridian, Grenada, Oxford, Starkville, Hayti, Caruthersville, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, and Little Rock. Call us today for a free consultation with a motor vehicle wreck lawyer in the Columbus area. You can reach us toll-free by calling 800-529-4004, or you can contact us using the online form on our website. NST is the way to go.