Knoxville Override Accidents
Big Rig Collision Attorneys Serving the Knoxville Area
If a commercial truck crashes into a standard passenger vehicle while on the road in Knox County, the consequences could be dire. The result could be an override accident, which is among the most dangerous types of collisions. An override accident occurs when a large commercial truck or a semi-truck runs over another vehicle – possibly crushing the smaller vehicle and those inside it. The smaller vehicle might even get stuck underneath the truck and dragged along the road. Needless to say, if a large truck overrides your vehicle while you are inside it, you could be just as damaged as your vehicle, if not worse. If you have been injured in an override collision, the Knoxville truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can provide you with legal representation and assert your rights to the fullest extent under the law. Our firm consists of 30 attorneys and over 120 staff members – making us the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee. For over 30 years, we have represented people injured in override accidents throughout the South and have recovered damages in excess of $1.5 billion on behalf of injured victims and their families.
Pursuing Compensation Following an Override Accident
Override accidents can happen for a plethora of reasons – including driver fatigue, distracted driving, speeding, and driving while intoxicated – and by any type of truck ranging from a dump truck to a tanker truck. As with most other motor vehicle collision cases, you must establish the defendant’s negligence by proving that your injuries were the result of the trucker breaching a duty of reasonable care that was owed to you. For example, if a truck driver was speeding on I-75 at close to 90 miles per hour and ran over the back of your vehicle because he could not decelerate in time, he may be held liable for negligence because he had an obligation to drive reasonably and in accordance with the speed limit but failed to do so, which resulted in your injuries.
If the trucker is found negligent by a jury, you may also be able to hold the trucking company liable for the accident under vicarious liability – that is, if you can prove that the trucker’s negligent action took place during the course and scope of employment. However, many trucking companies will try to avoid liability at all costs, so they may try to hide or even destroy any implicating evidence. Hiring a knowledgeable truck crash attorney in the Knoxville area can increase your chances of preserving vital evidence because a lawyer may, for example, send the trucking company a spoliation of evidence letter.
Defending you against allegations of comparative fault is another benefit of retaining an attorney, which is important because your recovery may be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you by a jury. If you have sustained significant injuries and losses, you are going to want (as most people do) the maximum amount of compensation as allowable under Tennessee law. You probably will not be able to afford your damages being diminished because of high medical bills and lost wages – not to mention you may be entitled to non-economic damages if you experienced losses like loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Discuss Your Override Crash Claim with an Experienced Knoxville Lawyer
Not only can override accidents be horrifying, but they can be life-threatening as well. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident in Tennessee or elsewhere, the Knoxville attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to assist you in recovering damages. Call our office toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.