Jonesboro Interstate Truck Accidents
Thousands of trucks travel throughout the Jonesboro area each day. Unfortunately, interstate truck accidents occur each day. Due to the substantial size of a tractor-trailer versus a standard car, SUV, or pickup truck, accidents on the interstate often result in significant damage to the smaller vehicle. Heavier impacts often cause more severe injuries. After an accident with an 18-wheeler, it is not uncommon to see paralysis, brain damage, and even death. If you have been injured in the Jonesboro area by a big rig truck, contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today so we can discuss your legal rights and options. For over 25 years, our Jonesboro truck accident attorneys have helped injured clients through the legal process, which is can appear daunting most of the time.Establishing Liability after an Interstate Trucking Accident
After a truck accident in Jonesboro, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant was negligent in order to successfully recover damages. Under general negligence principals, the following elements must be established:
- The defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff.
- The defendant breached that duty.
- The defendant’s breach caused injury to the plaintiff, including direct and proximate causation.
- The plaintiff suffered actual damages.
Many interstate truck accidents are caused by truckers who violate safety laws. Arkansas interstates have specific speed limits that all drivers must follow. Arkansas law also states that drivers must keep a proper lookout for other traffic and maintain proper control of their vehicles. Drivers are also prohibited from making an improper or unsafe lane change, driving too close to parked vehicles, and operating the vehicle while not paying attention.
In addition to Arkansas driving laws, interstate truck drivers must follow rules promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These rules regulate hours of service and rest breaks. They also call for truckers to drive safely should inclement weather, such as snow or ice, occur. For instance, if the speed limit on I-555 is 70 miles per hour, but the interstate is icy, the trucker may be required to reduce speed accordingly.
An experienced truck wreck lawyer in the Jonesboro area will investigate all avenues of recovery. Many times, the trucking company can be held responsible when their driver causes an accident. Under the legal theory of respondeat superior, an employer can be vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employee that occur during the course and scope of the employee’s employment. When a truck driver causes an accident while on the clock, vicarious liability will likely apply. An exception is if the trucker deviated from his work responsibilities in any way.Contact NST to Speak with One of Our Dedicated Jonesboro Lawyers
Interstate truck accidents can have devastating effects on you and your family. They often occur with very little notice but leave the victim with unwanted injuries and expenses. If you have been struck by a careless commercial driver on I-55, I-555, or another interstate in the Jonesboro area, the injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to tackle your call today. Our firm has 33 attorneys and more than 120 staff members, serving people 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 1-800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a truck wreck attorney. With all of our resources and experience at your disposal, NST is the way to go.