Knoxville Truck Accident Lawyer
Every day, drivers of commercial trucks and 18-wheelers travel through and around Knoxville, Tennessee. Interstate 40 connects Tennessee to North Carolina, while truckers needing to go to Georgia can take Interstate 75. Commercial trucks are much larger in size and weight than the vehicles driven by most people on Knoxville roads, and it is easy to see how a truck collision can cause catastrophic injuries and results. If you have sustained a serious injury in a truck wreck, call the Knoxville truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today for a free consultation on your case. Our attorneys have recovered over $1.5 billion for our clients in many types of personal injury cases.Pursuing Damages After Being Injured in an Accident with an 18-Wheeler
Truck accidents may occur for a variety of reasons. A common reason is driver negligence. Drivers may feel rushed and try to make tight delivery deadlines. Some drivers do not get sufficient rest and drive while fatigued. Other drivers get distracted by devices like cell phones or GPS systems. Drivers may not pay adequate attention to their surroundings or do not give themselves enough time or distance to come to a complete stop. If the driver was acting within the course and scope of his employment when he caused the accident, the employer can be held liable under a theory of vicarious liability or respondeat superior.
Other times, the driver’s employer can be directly liable for causing the accident. Before hiring a truck driver, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules require the company to conduct a background check, including investigating the driver’s driving history with the U.S. Department of Transportation for the preceding three years. If a truck driver has multiple driving offenses and convictions of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, a claim for negligent hiring may be asserted. Our truck accident attorneys can assist Knoxville victims with exploring their legal options following a serious crash.
Proving liability is required in order to obtain an award for damages. In truck wreck cases, these can be significant losses. A person injured by an 18-wheeler may be entitled to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Sometimes the victim will sustain permanent scarring due to a seatbelt or airbag, and damages can be obtained for that as well.
What if you sustain permanent injuries, such as loss of a limb, paralysis, or a spinal cord injury? A different class of damages may be available under these circumstances. You may recover for future medical treatment related to the accident that will be required by a doctor. If your injury will not allow you to return to work or will force you to accept a lesser paying position due to your restrictions, you may recover for diminished future earning capacity as documented by an economist or similar expert witness.Tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and other big rigs are particularly likely to be involved in devastating or fatal crashes throughout the U.S., and the Knoxville area is no exception. Of the 1,349 vehicles involved in fatal accidents in Tennessee in 2014, 107 were large trucks. This was about half a percentage point below the national average for that ratio but a larger number than in many states of a comparable size. Drivers on I-40, I-140, I-275, and I-640 are constantly aware of the presence of these massive vehicles. They are no less dangerous on city streets like Broadway or University Avenue, where the smaller spaces make them more challenging to operate.
Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has handled truck accident cases in Knoxville and the surrounding area for over 30 years. With more than 30 attorneys and 100 staff members, we are the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee and represent people injured in crashes throughout the state. Our Knoxville truck accident attorneys are ready to discuss your case and help advise as to your best course of action. Call us toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. NST is the way to go.