Moving Truck Accidents
Big Rig Crash Lawyers Serving Memphis and Surrounding Areas
Moving trucks come in many sizes. Smaller trucks will weigh around 8,000 pounds, while large ones will weigh between 18,000 – 25,000 pounds. Contrast that with the average four-door car weighing around 4,000 pounds, and it is not hard to see how a moving truck accident can cause someone in the smaller car to get hurt. Many moving trucks are operated by inexperienced or poorly-trained drivers, which can increase the chances of a collision. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz if you have been hit by a moving truck. Our Memphis truck accident attorneys help injured clients navigate the legal process, which is often complex.
Causes of Moving Truck Accidents in Memphis
Moving truck drivers must take responsibility to act in a manner that would be considered reasonable under the circumstances. Any deviation from this standard will likely be considered negligent by a judge or jury in the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tennessee, or other jurisdictions across Tennessee. Moving truck accidents are commonly caused by negligence, including:
- Driver fatigue – movers who work long hours and lift heavy furniture are subject to greater levels of fatigue than other drivers. Fatigue can lead to slower reaction times and potential lapses in judgment, like running a stop sign or making an illegal left turn.
- Improper loading –moving trucks are designed to handle a certain level of weight, which can depend on the size of the vehicle. Improperly distributed weight could affect the truck’s center of gravity.
- Equipment failure – mechanical defects can give rise to liability of the moving company for failure to properly maintain the vehicle. If the defect was caused by the auto manufacturer, it may be appropriate to assert a product liability lawsuit.
Your Right to Recover Damages After a Moving Truck Accident in Tennessee
Following an accident with a commercial truck in Tennessee, you may be able to recover damages for personal injuries sustained. Heavy impact truck wrecks can cause serious injuries like broken bones, and a victim may require emergency room care and months of follow up treatment, if not longer. To recover damages for medical bills, it is necessary to show that your injuries and medical treatment, including physical therapy and surgery, were caused by the collision with the defendant and reasonable and necessary, respectively.
To establish permanent disability, a doctor may be called to testify regarding restrictions or vocational limitations. For instance, if you broke your arm and wrist in a collision, your doctor may instruct you not to life anything heavier than 30 pounds. This testimony could support your claim for diminished earning capacity or future lost wages, depending on the severity of your injuries. Non-economic damages may be available too. Many trucking accident victims in Memphis suffer emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, especially if an accident renders them unable to partake in hobbies like playing sports or participating in activities at their Church or another religious organization.
Discuss Your Case with Our Trucking Accident Attorneys
If a moving truck crashed into your vehicle and caused you to suffer injuries, our Memphis lawyers are ready to take your call and let you know how we may be able to help you recover fair compensation for your losses. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz represents individuals and families across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to arrange a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney. We are available 24/7, and we look forward to showing you why NST is the way to go.