Jonesboro Jackknife Accidents
Big Rig Crash Lawyers Serving Jonesboro and Beyond
Jackknifing occurs when a truck begins to skid and the trailer behind the truck begins to push the truck around until the truck cab hits the trailer, forming an “L” shape. Many times this is caused by improper braking, careless driving, or poor road conditions. With the immense weight and size of many tractor-trailers, jackknife accidents can often lead to severe injuries or death to one or more parties involved. The Jonesboro truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have represented thousands of clients for more than 30 years. We understand the impact an accident of this magnitude can have on the lives of victims and their family members, and we are ready and willing to speak with you today about your accident. If you have been injured in a truck wreck in the Jonesboro area, call our office today for a free consultation.
Establishing Liability Against a Trucking Company After a Jackknife Accident
Many are unaware that commercial 18-wheelers and interstate truck drivers are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It will be beneficial to retain a truck accident attorney in Jonesboro that understands these federal trucking regulations so that the appropriate steps are taken to preserve and identify all applicable sources of evidence. At the outset of each case involving an 18-wheeler, an experienced lawyer can take steps to prevent spoliation of evidence related to the crash. This could include requesting a truck driver’s log books, analyzing maintenance and repair records, viewing dash camera footage, and inspecting black box data from the big rig.
Time is usually of the essence with jackknife accident cases because evidence can disappear, witnesses forget what happened or move away, and stories get tangled. Evidence is essential for being able to prove negligence, which is when the defendant truck driver’s conduct deviated from how a reasonable person would have acted under the circumstances. Examples of a trucker acting negligently include speeding, disregarding traffic signals, or improperly navigating a curve. Following a truck wreck in the Jonesboro area, it may be necessary to visit the scene, inspect where the accident occurred, and take photographs. If fault is being disputed by the truck driver, an accident reconstruction expert can inspect the scene and vehicles involved before providing a comprehensive report into how the accident likely occurred.
If the trucker was acting within the course and scope of employment when the collision occurred, the trucking company could be vicariously liable for the plaintiff’s damages. An example of acting within the course and scope of employment would be a truck driver jackknifing while delivering materials to a customer while traveling on an authorized route. Being able to pursue the trucking company can make a difference in the plaintiff’s total recovery, especially for traumatic injuries like amputations or paralysis. While an individual driver must purchase minimum auto liability coverage of $25,000 per person under Arkansas law, large companies typically carry significantly more coverage.
Call NST to Speak with a Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Jackknife accidents in Jonesboro could result in catastrophic injuries or death. Many victims suffer from brain trauma, paralysis, permanent scarring, or disfigurement. Each truck accident case is unique, and the attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz work as expeditiously as possible to obtain the maximum results for clients and their families. With more than 30 lawyers and over 100 support staff members dedicated to serving victims of truck crashes, NST has the resources to provide each case with the individual attention it deserves. We represent people throughout Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact our office by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a tractor-trailer crash attorney.
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.