Jonesboro Dump Truck Accidents
Like all other motorists, dump truck drivers have an obligation to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians to drive safely. No matter the vehicle, when any driver fails to uphold that duty, the consequences can be dire, but that is especially true when it comes to those who operate large, heavy vehicles, such as dump trucks and tanker trucks, that dwarf the majority of motor vehicles on the road. Collisions involving dump trucks can result in serious injuries or even death. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed due to a dump truck accident, you may have grounds for bringing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the truck driver and their employer – which is why you should contact the Jonesboro truck accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. We are a large regional personal injury law firm consisting of 33 lawyers and over 120 that has been representing injured victims in Arkansas and throughout the South for more than 30 years. For those injured victims and their families, our firm has obtained compensation in excess of $1 billion through verdicts, settlements, and judgments.Proving Negligence in a Dump Truck Accident Case
Dump truck accidents can manifest in countless ways. A dump truck driver could be distracted while driving in Craighead County and accidentally run over the back of a standard passenger vehicle, resulting in an override accident. If a trucker is fatigued while driving, they may veer out of their lane and collide with another vehicle head-on. Texting while driving could lead a dump truck driver to rear-end the car in front of them. The examples are endless. From knowing how the accident occurred and why, you can formulate your claim that the dump truck driver owed a duty of reasonable care, breached that duty, and caused your injuries as a result. In order to recover economic and non-economic damages for your injuries and losses, though, you must substantiate your claim.
Some trucking companies will intentionally hide or discreetly destroy evidence that may hold them liable. Retaining an experienced attorney in Jonesboro can increase the odds of vital evidence surfacing or being preserved. For example, a lawyer can send the trucking company a spoliation of evidence letter to deter them from destroying certain evidence.
What if the truck driver blames you for the collision? If the defendant suggests that you are comparatively at fault, your attorney can defend you against those allegations. The State of Arkansas utilizes modified comparative negligence, so your recovery will diminish in proportion to the degree of fault attributed to you by a jury – up to 49%. If your fault is equal to or greater than the defendant’s fault, you may not be entitled to recover damages.
There are several theories of liability that may be used to hold a dump truck driver’s employer liable. If the collision between you and the dump truck driver happened because the trucking company failed to teach him how to prevent such a situation, the employer may be liable due to negligent training. The trucker’s company may be held vicariously liable if you can prove that the defendant’s negligent actions occurred within the course and scope of employment. If the dump truck driver rear-ended your vehicle due to being under the influence of illegal drugs, the trucking company may be liable for negligent hiring if the company hired the trucker despite being aware of the truck driver’s history of drug abuse.Retain a Skilled Jonesboro Lawyer for a Truck Collision Claim
Dump truck crashes have the potential to severely injure you and possibly put you out of commission, which could result in lost wages. If a dump truck collision has caused you to sustain injuries, the Jonesboro attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to discuss your case with you. We serve injured people in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, and Meridian. Contact our office today toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form for a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision attorney. Allow us to show you why NST is the way to go.