Jonesboro Interstate Truck Accidents
Semi-Truck Crash Lawyers Serving the Jonesboro Area
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 30 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 30 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 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.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.