Truck Accidents in Construction Zones
Big Rig Collision Lawyers Serving the Greater Memphis Area
Construction zones are not to be taken lightly. Normally, they are clearly marked with large orange cones, signs, and other warnings, and construction companies are supposed to place them far enough in advance so that people can adjust their driving accordingly. While all drivers must react appropriately, this duty particularly applies to commercial truckers in large vehicles that weigh 80,000 pounds or more. Work zones typically have very narrow lanes, and traffic is often congested. Thus, truck accidents in construction zones can involve multiple vehicles and produce catastrophic results. For instance, in 2006, nearly 25% of all work zone deaths involved a large truck. The Memphis truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have experience handling complex trucking litigation, and we may be able to assist you in a claim for your damages.
Causes of Truck Accidents in Construction Zones
Construction zones can get crowded with lots of vehicles and trucks. The speed limit is lower, and traffic can back up. Speeding, however, is a major cause of truck accidents in construction zones in the Memphis area. One study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that 23% of large truck crashes occur because the truck driver is traveling too fast for conditions. Other causes could be truck driver fatigue or distracted driving. If a trucker is looking down at his phone and not paying attention to the road, he may not even notice that he is entering a work zone.
Protecting Your Legal Rights After Being Hit by a Truck
In a construction zone, traffic frequently shrinks to just one lane. Under FMCSA guidelines, truckers should decrease their speed and give themselves plenty of time to merge into the correct lane in a safe manner. With lots of vehicles in a tight space, it is important to allow for sufficient stopping distance to avoid rear ending another car.
If you were injured in a construction zone in Memphis, you should consult with a lawyer to discuss how to best assert your claim. Rear-end accidents are common, and a truck hitting you from behind could cause a chain reaction. Conducting a thorough investigation into the accident is of utmost importance, as you will need to prove the truck driver’s negligence in order to recover damages against him or his employer. An attorney with experience dealing with truck accidents in construction zones can get started on your case immediately and retain experts needed to assist with the investigation.
In Tennessee, negligence can be established by showing that the trucker owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused you to suffer injuries. If the truck driver was working at the time of the wreck or otherwise acting within the course and scope of his employment, the employer may be vicariously responsible for the driver’s conduct. For example, if a truck driver is in a hurry to deliver a package to a customer in Memphis, and the driver rear ends you while speeding in a construction zone, it is likely that you will be able to establish the driver’s negligence. Vicarious liability would probably apply as well, since the driver was in the process of making a scheduled delivery on behalf of his company.
Memphis Attorneys Representing Motorists Injured in Road Construction Zones
If you have suffered injuries after being hit by a tractor-trailer or commercial truck, our truck accident lawyers are ready to take your call and let you know how we may be able to help. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has a team of more than 30 attorneys and over 100 staff members, serving people in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville, as well as other communities in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle crash lawyer. Dedicated to representing the interests of accident victims, NST is the way to go.