Interstate Truck Accidents
There are several busy interstates throughout Shelby County that connect drivers from one destination to another. Every day, people driving on Interstate 55, Interstate 240, or Interstate 40 must drive alongside commercial trucks or 18-wheelers that are 10-15 times the size of their smaller car or SUV. With Memphis’ central Mid-South location and proximity to other states, accidents involving 18-wheelers and tanker trucks frequently occur. These impacts can be forceful since they often occur at highway speeds. If you have been injured as a result of an interstate truck accident, call the Memphis truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz for a free consultation. As the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, our attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for clients through settlements, verdicts, and judgments.Establishing a Successful Claim by Proving Negligence
To ultimately recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic losses like pain and suffering, the injured party must prove that the truck driver was negligent. In most interstate truck accident cases, negligence can be asserted under general negligence principles or under the theory of negligence per se. Under general negligence principles, the injured party must prove that the truck driver owed him a duty of care, which in truck wreck cases usually entails showing that the truck driver had a duty to drive safely. Next, the injured party must show that the truck driver breached that duty to drive safely and that the result of that breach directly caused injuries.
Under negligence per se, or negligence as a matter of law, the plaintiff must show the following, pursuant to Tennessee law:
- The truck driver violated a law, statute, or ordinance which imposes a duty or prohibits an act for the benefit of the general public.
- The law, statute, or ordinance was enacted to benefit and protect the person injured.
- The violation itself directly attributed to the person’s injuries.
To establish liability under either form of negligence, it is important that you contact a truck accident lawyer in the Memphis area immediately after an interstate truck accident. Large trucking companies may try to cover up any evidence that would potentially put any blame on themselves or their driver. However, by retaining legal representation early in the process, an attorney can contact the trucking company and take steps to prevent spoliation of evidence that could have directly or indirectly caused the collision. This evidence may include daily logs, black box data, truck maintenance and repair records, dash camera videos, and other driver records that may be relevant.Call NST Today to Discuss Your Interstate Truck Accident with a Memphis Lawyer
Many accidents that occur on the interstate or highway will result in serious property damage and catastrophic injuries. Hundreds of 18-wheelers travel in and around Memphis each day, so it is important to know your rights if one of these truck drivers collides into you. If a trucker crashes into you and causes injury, the truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are just a phone call away. We handle truck wreck cases in Memphis every day, and we realize the significant impact that a wreck can have on your life. Our firm has over 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, serving people injured in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville, as well as other communities in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney. With all of our resources and experience at your disposal, NST is the way to go.