Garbage Truck Accidents
Legal Representation for Truck Crash Victims in Memphis and Beyond
When you have mounds of garbage that needs to be picked up, garbage trucks in Shelby County have you covered. While they undoubtedly play a major role in keeping our city clean, that does not excuse the garbage truck drivers who do not exercise reasonable care while driving. Accidents involving garbage trucks can gravely injure other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. All it takes is one moment of inattention to permanently alter someone’s life. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a garbage truck accident, you should contact one of the Memphis truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to discuss your case. With over 30 experienced attorneys and more than 120 dedicated staff members, we are the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee. Our firm has been dedicated to serving trucking collision victims in Memphis and throughout the Mid-South for over 30 years.
Pursuing Damages for Injuries Sustained in a Garbage Truck Accident
Several factors can contribute to a collision involving a garbage truck, including bad weather and decreased visibility, but ultimately, it is the garbage truck driver’s responsibility to drive safely. The cause of most motor vehicle collisions, however, is negligence, which can include actions like distracted driving, driving while fatigued, intoxicated driving, cell phone use while driving, and others. If a garbage truck driver’s negligence is what caused the collision in which you sustained injuries, you will likely have to establish the truck driver’s negligence in order to recover damages. Negligence can be established by showing that your injuries were caused by the defendant breaching a duty of reasonable care that he or she owed you.
To illustrate this type of collision, let us say that you are driving in Downtown Memphis on North B. B. King Boulevard near the Shelby County Courthouse, which is located at 140 Adams Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38103. There is a garbage truck behind you, and the truck driver seems to be distracted and not paying attention to the road. You come to a stop at a red light, but since the garbage truck driver is not paying attention, he ends up rear-ending your vehicle, which launches your vehicle into the vehicle in front of you, thus causing a chain reaction collision. Retaining an experienced trucking accident lawyer can provide you with help in holding the truck driver and maybe even their employer liable.
If the garbage truck that struck you was owned or operated by a government entity, such as the City of Memphis, special considerations will apply. For starters, the claims process differs from that involving a private vehicle and private insurance company, such as State Farm or Geico. Further, special statutory requirements must be taken into account and followed. A truck accident attorney with experience handling claims against municipalities and counties can help ensure your legal rights remain protected.
A collision involving a garbage truck can leave victims with severe, potentially life-altering injuries. After sustaining injuries in a motor vehicle collision of any kind, you should seek medical attention. Medical bills, lost wages, and other monetary losses resulting from the collision can be compensated for via economic damages. If you experienced intangible losses, such as mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life, you can be compensated by means of non-economic damages.
Talk to Team NST About Your Case Today
At the personal injury law firm of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we know how to deal with truckers and their employers in order to get fair compensation for people who have been injured in garbage truck accidents. Our firm serves victims throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, and Meridian. Contact us today by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free appointment with a truck crash lawyer. After speaking with us, you will understand why NST is the way to go.