Knoxville Overweight/Overloaded Trucks
Big Rig Collision Lawyers Serving Victims in Knoxville and the Surrounding Area
Even without cargo, commercial trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds. All that weight makes trucks, especially those on the larger end of the scale, difficult to maneuver and results in them taking longer to accelerate as well as taking longer to come to a complete stop. Naturally, when a truck is bogged down with excessive cargo, operating the truck becomes even more difficult. Under the substantial weight of an overweight/overloaded truck, the tires and brakes can even succumb, which can cause a truck to roll over or jackknife and subsequently injure many people. If a collision involving an overweight or overloaded truck has left you or a loved one with injuries, you should contact one of the Knoxville truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. With 30+ practiced attorneys and upwards of 120 committed staff members, we are the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee. Our resources coupled with our 25+ years of experience in trucking litigation make us formidable when dealing with the large trucking companies to recover damages for you losses and injuries.
Under Pressure: The Dangers Posed by Overweight/Overloaded Trucks
In Knox County, you will likely have to establish the truck driver’s negligence in order to recover economic damages for your monetary losses, which may include lost wages, lost earning capacity, and past and future medical bills, and non-economic damages for your intangible losses stemming from the trucking collision, which may include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and disfigurement. Negligence can be established by proving that your injuries were caused directly by the truck driver due to his or her breaching of a duty of reasonable care that he or she owed you. Truck drivers must follow safety standards in terms of how to safely and properly load cargo. Otherwise, the truck could be more susceptible to rolling over.
When your case involves a truck driver and/or a trucking company, it is strongly recommended that you retain an experienced truck accident lawyer in the Knoxville area because most truck drivers and their employers tend to not concede liability, and many trucking companies will even take measures to make holding them liable extremely difficult. For example, if a commercial truck driver rear-ended you on Interstate 640 near the Knoxville Center – located at 3001 Knoxville Center Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37924 – because he was speeding and could not slow down in time due to his truck being overweight, that trucker’s employer may try to hide or take measures to make it harder to inspect the truck’s “black box.”
However, an attorney can send the trucking company a spoliation of evidence letter, which may preserve the black box and other integral pieces of evidence that the trucking company may have in its possession at the moment. If the truck driver’s negligence can be proven to have occurred within the course and scope of his employment, the trucker’s employer can be held vicariously liable. If the trucking company has committed negligent hiring, negligent training, or negligent supervision, then the trucking company may be held directly liable.
NST Attorneys Are Ready to Discuss Your Case Today
At the personal injury law firm of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we know that overweight or overloaded trucks pose a serious risk to other drivers on the road and can ruin someone’s life in the blink of an eye. Our firm fights for people injured in Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Oxford, Caruthersville, Hayti, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Little Rock, Jonesboro, and in communities throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Contact us today by calling toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form for a free consultation. If you need a truck crash attorney to represent you, NST is the way to go.
408 N. Cedar Bluff Road
Knoxville, TN 37923