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Nahon, Saharovich, & Trotz

Memphis
Truck Accident Lawyers

Champions for the Injured
Corey and Alex
National Law Firm with Local Roots

Commercial vehicle accidents are too common in Memphis. At least 2,390 truck accidents occurred in Shelby County in 2021 alone, and 2,313 of these occurred in urban areas.

Any automobile collision can cause catastrophic injuries, but truck accidents are especially dangerous for occupants of passenger vehicles because of the significantly larger size of trucks.

Our Memphis personal injury attorneys at NST Law have seen firsthand the devastation truck accidents cause, and we are dedicated to standing up to trucking companies so our clients can receive the compensation they need and deserve.

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What causes most Memphis truck accidents?

Most truck crashes can be traced back to human error. The most common contributing factors are as follows:

Driver Behavior

Many actions and inactions can lead to crashes. It only takes a second of inattention or one poor judgment call to cause a devastating crash. The following driver actions have led to most of the truck crashes in the Greater Memphis area:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving/inattentiveness
  • Careless/erratic driving
  • Improper lane change
  • Following too closely
  • Failure to yield
  • Improper turn
  • Improper backing
  • Swerving
  • Road rage
  • Inexperience

Where do most truck accidents occur in Shelby County?

The majority of trucking accidents occur at intersections and on municipal roads and interstates. 

A safety analytics company has rated two Memphis intersections among the five most dangerous areas in the United States for commercial drivers using cell phones:

  • Lamar Avenue and Holmes Road
  • South Lauderdale Street and Mallory Avenue

Overall, the company rated the Memphis area as the eighth-worst in the nation for drivers using handheld cell phones. 

Other dangerous intersections include the following:

  • Poplar Avenue and Ridgeway Road
  • Winchester Road and Riverdale Road 
  • Shelby Road and Lamar Avenue
  • Sycamore View Road and Summer Avenue
  • Winchester Road and Kirby Parkway
  • Areas along Interstates 40 and 240:
    • Walnut Grove Road
    • Sycamore View Road
    • Poplar Avenue
    • Lamar Avenue
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Cell Phone Laws in Tennessee

Shelby County drivers experienced 1,466 accidents because of cell phone use in 2020. Tennessee law prohibits drivers from holding cell phones, texting, reading text messages or recording videos while driving. Talking on cell phones is permitted via hands-free technology only.

Commercial truck drivers are also subject to federal law prohibiting handheld cell phone use by commercial vehicle drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passed this law in response to studies that showed cell phone use by commercial drivers created a six-fold increase in accident and near-accident risk.

Steps to Take if You Are in a Truck Accident in Memphis

The following actions will protect your safety and help boost your case:

  1. Call 911 and request a police officer and an ambulance.
  2. Obtain the name and contact information of the trucking company, including a contact person, if possible.
  3. Obtain the contact information of witnesses present at the scene.
  4. Document the accident as much as you can:
    1. Take photos and video of the scene, the vehicles, skid marks and accident damage.
    2. Write down what transpired in detail. Doing this promptly will help you remember details later that you may otherwise forget.
  5. Document your injuries:
    1. Take as many pictures as you can.
    2. Maintain a list of hospital personnel, prescriptions and any diagnoses you are given.
  6. Obtain a copy of the police report as soon as you are able. This can be completed online, in person or by mail. The address of the Central Records Department is 170 N. Main St., 7th Floor, Suite 7-11, Memphis, TN 38103. The phone number is (901) 636-3650.
  7. File an owner/driver report with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security within 20 days of the accident. This is required by state law.
  8. Contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Liability in Truck Accidents

Establishing liability in truck accidents in Tennessee is not as straightforward as it is in car accidents. Most truck drivers are employees or contractors of companies who own the trucks. In many cases, the truck has been handled by multiple parties. Any party whose negligence contributed to the accident can be liable, including any combination of the following:

  • The driver
  • The trucking company
  • A parts manufacturer
  • Any company whose employees loaded the truck improperly
  • A local government agency

Our truck accident attorneys can provide a detailed forensic investigation of the incident and identify all parties who share responsibility for your accident.

How much is my truck accident case worth?

The most important factors that determine how much compensation you can recover are the severity of your injuries and the availability of insurance and resources. 

The more severe your injuries, the greater the compensation you can generally qualify for. If liable parties are commercial companies with larger insurance policies, your ability to recover the full amount to which you are entitled is increased. 

The types of compensation you could recover include the following:

  • Economic damages
    • Verified monetary losses include property damage, medical expenses, lost wages and projected future wages.
  • Non-economic damages
    • These include up to $750,000 for immeasurable losses such as mental anguish, emotional distress, pain and suffering, disfigurement and loss of capacity to enjoy life and up to $1,000,000 for losses that meet the legal definition of catastrophic. 
  • Punitive damages
    • Punitive damages can equal up to two times the total compensatory damages awarded or $500,000, whichever is greater. They are available only in cases where the defendant’s conduct was malicious, intentional, fraudulent or reckless.

What if I am partly at fault for the accident?

Tennessee is a modified comparative fault state, which means that you can receive compensation for your injuries as long as your share of the fault is less than 50 percent. However, your compensation will be adjusted in proportion to your share of the fault.

What if my loved one was killed in a truck accident?

In the tragic event that a beloved family member passes away in a car accident, the immediate family is entitled to file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death action can be filed by the personal representative (usually the executor of the estate), the surviving spouse, or if there is no surviving spouse, by the children or next of kin. 

Families are entitled to claim the same economic, non-economic and punitive damages that would have been available to the deceased had death not ensued, plus the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • The mental and physical suffering of the family
  • Loss of time
  • Loss of consortium (husband and wife)
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Pecuniary losses – the total financial losses associated with the death, including lost income and inheritance

Wrongful death damages are subject to the same limits as personal injury damages.

How much time do I have to file a case after a truck accident?

Tennessee’s statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death claims is one year from either the date of the injury or the date of the death. This is a short period of time considering the vast amount of information that will be needed before your claim can be filed. For this reason, it is imperative that you do not wait to contact a personal injury attorney.

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How can NST Law help me with my Memphis truck accident claim?

Trucking companies and truck drivers are responsible for massive vehicles capable of causing devastating harm on the roads. When they fail to exercise the care they owe the public, our Memphis truck accident attorneys at NST Law are passionate about holding them accountable and ensuring they pay maximum compensation to their victims.

Our commitment to our clients shows in the compassionate care and personalized service we offer to each one. We will even come to you if you cannot come to us. Our successful results for our deserving clients are the direct outcome of the work ethic we apply to every case:

  • $6.3 million for the family of a 65-year-old man who died in a truck accident
  • $3 million for a married couple in a catastrophic tractor-trailer wreck 
  • $2,700,000 for a 33-year-old woman who suffered catastrophic injuries in a four-vehicle wreck
  • $1,000,000 for a pedestrian struck by a cement truck

We charge no fees unless and until we win you compensation. If you or your loved one has been injured in a truck accident, we can help. Contact the champions for the injured today to schedule a free consultation.

Corey and Alex

Contact us for a free consultation now so that we can review your case and decide how we can best help you.

Our Memphis Office

488 S. Mendenhall Road
Memphis, TN 38117

Phone: 901-763-6343

Fax: 901-462-3350

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Client Successes

$3,000,000.00

Obtained in tractor-trailer accident case for a husband and wife that suffered traumatic injuries.

$2,200,000.00

Recovered in car accident case against construction company in which our client suffered a traumatic brain injury.

$1,500,000.00

Received for a woman injured in car accident while on the job, who sustained numerous fractures and underwent several surgeries.
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