Knoxville Speeding Truck Accidents
Each year, close to 41,000,000 speeding tickets are issued across the United States, which equals to almost 112,000 issued every day. Just add that number to the amount of people who do not get caught, and it is easy to see that we are surrounded by drivers going fast. The dangers of speeding are well known, but unfortunately it still affects innocent victims each and every day. For instance, speeding truck accidents are the result of approximately 30% of all car accident fatalities nationwide. The Knoxville truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz know the dangers of speeding and the catastrophic damage that can occur when 18-wheelers crash into smaller cars. If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of a truck driver in the Knoxville area, call NST today for a free consultation.Proving Liability Following a Speeding Truck Accident in Knoxville
Pair excessive speed with an 80,000 pound big rig, and devastation is bound to happen if a heavy truck collides with a much lighter car. As with all truck accidents, the injured party must prove that the defendant driver was negligent in causing the accident to happen in order to recover damages for injuries. There are multiple ways in which negligence can be proven in speeding truck accident cases, including negligence per se and general negligence. Under negligence per se, the following elements must be established to pinpoint negligence on the at-fault party in Tennessee:
- The truck driver must have violated a law or safety regulation which created a duty or outlawed a certain action for the benefit of the general public.
- The law or regulation was created to protect the party injured in the accident.
- The violation of the law or regulation directly resulted in the injuries the innocent party suffered.
Under Tennessee law, to prove negligence, an injured party must show the following:
- The truck driver owed a duty to other drivers on the road to drive safe.
- The truck driver breached that duty by speeding.
- The truck driver’s actions caused the accident to occur.
- As a result of the truck driver speeding, the victim sustained damages.
The facts of a particular accident will dictate whether negligence can be established. Truck companies must follow specific regulations of their own, set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These rules govern truck maintenance, hiring, training, and supervision of employees. Failure to abide by even one regulation could give rise to direct liability should the violation cause or contribute to a collision.Since they drive for a living, truck drivers may think nothing of exceeding the speed limit on a highway like I-40 or I-140. However, drivers in Knox County may be catastrophically injured if they are struck by a large truck at a high speed. The Knoxville area has seen more than its share of fatal accidents in recent years, and trucks have contributed to many of them. There were 109 vehicles involved in fatal accidents here in 2013-14, and 30 of them involved more than one vehicle. Some of the most lethal roads in Knoxville are Broadway and other stretches of US-441, as well as State Route 169, US-25, and State Route 62. Intersections on these roads are particularly dangerous.
Speeding truck accidents often result in destruction of at least one vehicle involved, especially when they occur on an interstate or highway. This often leads to series injuries such as broken bones or paralysis. If you have been injured by a speeding truck in the Knoxville area, our attorneys are ready to take your call. We understand how medical bills can continue piling up while a victim is injured and unable to work, and we are ready to speak with you today about your situation. Our truck accident lawyers can evaluate your case and help point you in the right direction. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 120 staff members, serving people in Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, 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 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney. With our firm’s resources at your disposal, NST is the way to go.