Knoxville Moving Truck Accidents
Big Rig Wreck Attorneys Serving Knoxville and Knox County
Have you been involved in a moving truck accident? Many times these collisions are caused by the negligent operation of the truck by inexperienced drivers. Since certain moving trucks are not considered commercial vehicles, just about anyone over the age 18 can rent a truck for the weekend without a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Without the need for a CDL, drivers are allowed to operate these massive trucks without proper supervision or training. The Knoxville truck accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have helped over thousands injured people over the past 25+ years and have accumulated invaluable experience in handling trucking accident cases. If you have been injured by the negligent operation of a moving truck in Knoxville, our attorneys are available to consult with you today.
Causes of Moving Truck Accidents in Knoxville, TN
Moving truck accidents occur for several reasons, most of which could be avoided if proper care and operation of the moving truck was utilized. Almost always, accidents with moving trucks occur due to the negligent actions of the person driving the truck. Negligence can be established by proving the other driver owed you a duty to drive safely, the driver breached that duty, the breach caused the accident to happen, and you suffered damages as a result. Some common causes of moving truck driver negligence are below:
- Drowsy driving – many times movers are traveling long distances after they have exerted hours of physical labor loading up their truck up resulting in drowsy driving. Being exposed to heat for long periods of time can also lead to fatigue.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol – even though it is a well-known hazard to drive while intoxicated, approximately 28 people die every day as a result of this conduct. In Tennessee, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher is against the law.
- Inexperienced driving – just about any adult driver can rent some type of moving truck or van. Most often, the ones renting these trucks have never operated a vehicle of that size before and cannot safely maneuver it.
- Driving while distracted – every year nearly 330,000 people are injured from careless drivers texting while driving and looking at their phones instead of the road.
If the moving truck involved was driven by a professional moving crew, not only could you potentially recover compensation for injuries from the at-fault driver, but you may have a valid claim against the moving company as well. Under the theory of respondeat superior, the employer could be held liable if the employee was acting on behalf of the employer’s business and was acting within the scope of his or her employment.
Respondeat superior could apply in the following situation. For example, assume it is move-in day at the University of Tennessee, and you are helping your daughter move into Volunteer Hall, located at 1525 White Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916. Professional moving trucks are all around campus and the surrounding neighborhood. One of these trucks negligently runs a stop sign and pulls out in front of you as you were pulling around to the dorm. Here, if it is found that the movers were on the job at the time the accident happened and were heading to their next delivery, the moving company itself could be held liable for any injuries you or your daughter sustained. This would likely place them on the hook for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and time off from work, if any.
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Moving trucks are larger and heavier than most standard sized trucks and cars on the road. When moving trucks are involved in accidents, occupants of the smaller vehicle usually take the majority of the damage. If a moving truck collides into a pedestrian, disastrous consequences can result. If you suffered injuries from a driver’s careless operation of a moving truck, the attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to speak with you today to develop a legal strategy towards recovery. We represent individuals and families across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, 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 arrange a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney. We are available 24/7, and we look forward to showing you why NST is the way to go if you need a Knoxville attorney.