Knoxville Truck Accidents Involving Bad Weather
Tractor-Trailer Crash Lawyers Serving Knoxville
When driving in inclement weather, truck drivers are expected to use extreme caution per the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Bad weather can reduce visibility and make operating a vehicle extremely difficult. A truck driver’s failure to adhere to the FMCSA’s regulations while driving through inclement weather can result in a collision that could yield catastrophic results. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident involving bad weather, you should contact one of the Knoxville truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. As the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, our firm employs more than 30 attorneys and 120+ staff members. For over 30 years, we have represented injured victims all over the South and recovered damages in excess of $1.5 billion for our clients and their families via judgments, jury verdicts, and settlements.
Recovering Damages from Truck Accidents Involving Bad Weather
Let us say that you are driving on Interstate 40 through Knox County on a sunny day. About a mile ahead you see thunderclouds and a downpour. There is a tanker truck speeding in one of the lanes adjacent to you. You and the tanker truck enter the downpour, but despite the heavy rainfall and diminished visibility, the tanker truck driver does not decelerate. As a result, the truck driver loses control, jackknifes, and hits your vehicle. The accident leaves you with serious injuries, such as lacerations, spinal cord injuries, skull fractures, head trauma, and broken bones.
In order to recover damages from the truck driver, you will likely need to establish the truck driver’s negligence, which can be done by showing that the truck driver owed you a duty of reasonable care when driving, breached that duty, and caused you to sustain serious injuries. Hiring an experienced trucking collision lawyer in the Knoxville area can help you substantiate your claim and inform you of ways in which the trucking company may be liable for the accident as well. If the truck driver’s employer committed negligent hiring, negligent supervision, or negligent training, the trucking company could be held directly liable. If you can prove that the negligent actions of the truck driver occurred within the course and scope of employment, the trucking company could be held vicariously liable for the driver’s failure to exercise due care.
Depending on the severity of your injuries sustained from the wreck, you may be rushed to a hospital in Knoxville. Whether you are taken by ambulance or not, it is important for your health and your case that you seek medical attention for your injuries caused by the collision. Many injured victims receive medical treatment at medical facilities like Turkey Creek Medical Center, which is located at 10820 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37934. Official copies of the documentation outlining your injuries can support your claim and affect the damages you may be able to recover. Under Tennessee law, you may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages for losses that may include medical bills, loss of consortium, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of earning capacity.
Call Our Knoxville Attorneys to Discuss Your Case
Being caught in a truck accident involving bad weather can be a disaster that leaves you with life-altering, permanent injuries and daunting financial losses. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we are committed to minimizing your suffering and maximizing your compensation. Our firm represents trucking accident victims throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Oxford, Caruthersville, Hayti, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact our office by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form for a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney. Once you have the opportunity to talk with our Knoxville lawyers, you will see why so many agree that NST is the way to go.