Dump Truck Accidents
Dump trucks are much bigger and heavier than the cars with which they share the road, especially when they are carrying loose materials to be dumped, such as dirt or loose materials from a construction site. If you are injured in a dump truck accident, your injuries may be permanent, and you may require significant medical care. You may be able to pursue compensation for economic and noneconomic damages, including medical bills, time off from work, and loss of consortium. The Memphis truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are committed to helping injured victims in Tennessee and throughout the South. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee.Bringing a Claim Based on a Dump Truck Accident
In order to recover damages after a dump truck accident that causes injuries, it is important to determine who was at fault for the accident. Often, the dump truck driver is one party who was at fault. You may be able to hold the dump truck driver liable by establishing negligence. You will need to prove that the driver failed to use reasonable care in operating the dump truck and that this failure caused your injuries.
A failure to use reasonable care may be proven by showing that the dump truck driver failed to follow mandatory regulations or traffic laws. For example, dump truck drivers are supposed to be careful as they drive in and out of construction sites. Unfortunately, not all dump truck drivers are careful in hauling materials to or from these sites. A dump truck driver who is speeding to drop off a load or fails to yield while taking off from a site may be liable for any accident arising out of their failure to use reasonable care.
Similarly, dump truck drivers must be very careful while on construction sites, where they are often required to reverse in tight locations. Generally, the construction site will have safety rules in place to keep construction workers safe, but dump truck drivers do not always follow them. Workers may be at risk of being run over by a dump truck driver who is reversing, and as a result, they may suffer injuries or even death. If there are no safety rules in place, the owner of the site or the contractor in charge of the site may face liability under a theory of negligence.
In some cases, the dump truck hauling or leasing company also bears responsibility. You may be able to hold the company responsible under a theory of vicarious liability or a theory of direct liability, such as negligent hiring, training, or supervision. Any company that owns a permit for a dump truck is required to follow certain rules, including conducting background checks on drivers, checking log books, maintaining the truck, and monitoring driver safety. If the company violates any of the mandatory safety laws applicable to dump trucks, and the result is an accident of the type that the law was designed to prevent, the company may be held liable under a theory of negligence per se.
After an accident, a dump truck company and its insurers will send investigators to the scene of the accident right away. The purpose of this is to start gathering evidence to use in their defense. It is important to retain an attorney right away so that you are not disadvantaged by the responsiveness of the truck driver and their employer.Hire an Experienced Memphis Attorney for a Truck Crash Claim
Dump truck accidents may cause serious injuries, and victims in Tennessee and surrounding states may need lots of medical care and time off from work. Many dump truck drivers and companies will not immediately concede liability, or they may dispute the extent of the damages. It is therefore vital to retain an attorney as soon as possible. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz employs over 30 attorneys and 100 staff members. We serve victims across Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi, including in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. NST is the way to go.