Lebanon Truck Accidents
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck and have been injured, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced lawyer to assist you. Truck accidents are different from other automobile accidents due to specialized regulations that commercial truck drivers are required to adhere to. A smaller vehicle involved in an accident with a large 18-wheeler could be severely damaged or even destroyed, while the driver or passenger could suffer traumatic injuries such as paralysis, fractures, burns, permanent scarring, or amputation. Our Lebanon truck accident attorneys have seen this far too often. After the accident you may incur medical bills and be forced to miss work due to your injuries, therefore making it very difficult to cover costs as they arise. If the driver of an 18-wheeler negligently caused these damages, you may be able entitled to compensation for your losses. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, the largest personal injury firm based in Tennessee, we can help you pursue damages from those responsible. With over 30 years of experience, we know how to handle cases arising from truck accidents on roads and highways throughout the South and are ready to help you today.Establishing Liability after a Truck Accident
If you were injured in a trucking accident, you will likely need to prove the legal elements of negligence in order to be successful in obtaining recovery for your damages. Negligence can be satisfied by proving the following elements:
- Proving that the truck driver or trucking company owed you a duty of care to drive safely and act reasonably under the circumstances
- Proving that the truck driver or trucking company breached that duty of care
- Proving that the truck driver or trucking company’s breach of that duty of care caused the accident
- Proving that you sustained injuries or damages due to that breach of the duty of care
An injured party may also be able to recover their losses under another form of negligence known as negligence as a matter of law, or negligence per se. Under negligence as a matter of law, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant violated a safety law or statute, that the safety law or statute was intended to protect people like the plaintiff, that the plaintiff suffered a type of harm that the law was intended to prevent, and that the defendant’s conduct was a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Interstate truck drivers are governed by the rules and regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations, for example, limit the number of consecutive hours a truck driver can work and require drivers to keep logbooks and conduct regular inspections to ensure that the truck is safe to operate. A truck driver who fails to abide by these regulations and causes an accident that results in injuries may be found negligent as a matter of law. Retaining an experienced truck accident attorney in the Lebanon area can help ensure that the elements of negligence are properly presented to the insurance company, judge, or jury. Our truck accident attorneys may also be to hold the trucking company that the driver works for vicariously liable for your damages. If you are able to prove that the truck driver was working within the scope and course of his employment when the accident occurred, vicarious liability can be established. On behalf of Lebanon accident victims, our attorneys will look into all theories of recovery that can be pursued under the law.Discuss Your Case with a Lebanon Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been involved in a truck accident in Lebanon, Smyrna, Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet, or anywhere in Middle Tennessee, contact our office by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule a free consultation. Located less than 30 miles from Nashville and home to Cumberland University, Lebanon has large commercial trucks in and out of the city on a daily basis. If you have been injured in a crash with a big rig truck, you need to act immediately. Not all personal injury law firms are familiar with the complex rules and regulations of the trucking industry and the process of developing these complicated cases. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has been serving victims of truck and car accidents in Tennessee for over 30 years, we are waiting to speak with you to let you know how we can help. After talking to our dedicated team, you will see why NST is the way to go.