Jackson, MS Interstate Truck Accidents
Interstates can be intimidating for many drivers (and for good reason). Tons of accidents occur on interstates such as I-55, I-220, and others that go through or around Jackson and Hinds County. With commercial trucks, tanker trucks, and 18-wheelers prevalent on interstates, the stakes tend to be much higher as well. The speeds at which most drivers tend to drive on interstate highways also contribute to the uneasiness many drivers feel. With all this said, it is easy to understand why interstate truck accidents usually result in catastrophic injuries and even death. If you have been injured as a result of an interstate truck accident, call the Jackson truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz for a free consultation regarding your case. Our attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for clients through settlements, verdicts, and judgments.Establishing Negligence for an Interstate Truck Accident
As seen in many different types of cases, you must establish the other driver’s negligence in order to recover damages. To do this, you must prove that the driver had an obligation to you to act reasonably and drive safely, that the driver failed to keep that obligation, and as a result injured you. For example, let us say that a commercial truck is driving on I-55 at night going approximately 110 miles per hour and rear-ends you as you merge onto the interstate from an on-ramp. As a result, the collision fractured your spine and left you paralyzed from the neck down. It can be established that the truck driver owed a duty to you and every other driver to operate his vehicle responsibly but failed to do that, and his negligence resulted in your injuries.
What if, for the sake of this example, the truck had special shifters that controlled the vehicle’s speed once the vehicle’s cruise control was set? What if the truck driver accidentally hit a shifter that caused it to accelerate out of control and did not know how to stop it? This depends on whether he was properly trained by his trucking company. If he was not properly trained, the trucking company may be held liable for negligent training of the employee. It is important to retain an experienced Jackson lawyer who can investigate all potential causes of action to be asserted on your behalf.
Under Mississippi law, compensatory damages may be awarded to the plaintiff if the defendant’s negligence is proven and the injuries sustained were caused by the collision. Compensatory damages are generally broken down into two categories of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other direct out of pocket expenses. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and disfigurement. A Jackson attorney well-versed in truck accidents and Mississippi law could analyze your claim and determine the best way to approach your case in order to maximize your compensation.Discuss Your Case with a Jackson Attorney
Here at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we understand that interstate truck accidents can have dire, unimaginable consequences for you and your loved ones. Our firm has more than 30 years of experience in representing victims of truck accidents, so if you have been injured due to an interstate truck accident , our Jackson attorneys are ready to discuss your case. We serve people injured in Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville, as well as other communities in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.